U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

X-RayMichael Grabell reports on ProPublica:

On Sept. 23, 1998, a panel of radiation safety experts gathered at a Hilton hotel in Maryland to evaluate a new device that could detect hidden weapons and contraband. The machine, known as the Secure 1000, beamed X-rays at people to see underneath their clothing.

One after another, the experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the machine because it violated a longstanding principle in radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be X-rayed unless there is a medical benefit.

“I think this is really a slippery slope,” said Jill Lipoti, who was the director of New Jersey’s radiation protection program. The device was already deployed in prisons; what was next, she and others asked — courthouses, schools, airports? “I am concerned … with expanding this type of product for the traveling public,” said another panelist, Stanley Savic, the vice president for safety at a large electronics company. “I think that would take this thing to an entirely different level of public health risk.”

The machine’s inventor, Steven W. Smith, assured the panelists that it was highly unlikely that the device would see widespread use in the near future. At the time, only 20 machines were in operation in the entire country.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Anybody out there know what a flouroscope was?

    • http://www.facebook.com/shakeymo Scott Kenney

      My first “grown up” doctor had one in his office.  It was part of the routine check up.

      • Anarchy Pony

        I mean the original flouroscopes, that they used to size shoes, that cuased terrible cancers and deaths.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Anybody out there know what a flouroscope was?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shakeymo Scott Kenney

    My first “grown up” doctor had one in his office.  It was part of the routine check up.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    I mean the original flouroscopes, that they used to size shoes, that cuased terrible cancers and deaths.

  • Brock S Lynch

    Well I hope America likes mutants.

  • Brock S Lynch

    Well I hope America likes mutants.

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