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ARE YOUR MEDICAL or SECURITY (TSA) IMAGES SECURE?

No, new digital images are rapidity replacing film.  With the touch of a button high resolution images may be sent around the planet in moments. As reported in the London Telegraph and others A set of three Marilyn Monroe chest X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit sold at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  Many people have observed women with curves are being selected for scans, this is clearly voyeurism.  TSA assurances that same sex remote viewers are looking are questionable, clearly this powerful equipment is being abused for non-security purposes. 

CAN SECURITY SCANNERS STORE IMAGES?

Yes, we are told publicly that the scanners can not however the AIT purchase specification requires storage functionality, you decide.  Like all modern digital medical imaging system they can store images.  A federal court house in Florida using the same airport equipment was found to have stored 35,000 images.  In fact TSA advertises giving employees x-ray vision as a bonus.

HOW SAFE ARE THE SCANNERS?

The metal detector type systems use low frequency radio waves to detect metal objects and are safe. But, these metal detectors are being replaced with new mm-wave and  back scatter x-ray systems.  Active mm-wave/T-wave or Terahertz system are very new and little is known about health effects.  Due to the very short wavelengths near that of DNA some scientist have concerns that strong resonate effects may cause DNA damage.   Boian Aleandrov, of the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, however, has a very decided opinion regarding the dangers of mm/T-rays: He tells us that T-rays tear apart human DNA.  Alexandrov, and his team at Los Alamos, say that although the forces that T-rays exert are small, their resonant effects can “unzip” DNA strands, tearing them apart, thus creating bubbles in the strands that significantly interfere with gene expression and DNA replication.  The health effects are not understood and long term studies have not been done, we do know our shields do attenuate T-waves and X-rays. 

The more common X-ray scanners use ionizing radiation radiation to look through clothing and or body.  Although the dose is typicality small it still damages proteins, DNA and cells.  We feel the hazard to pregnant women, children, and our reproductive organs is significant.  The dangers ionizing radiation (X-rays) have well known for over 100 years.  No dose is 100% safe and we fell X-ray imaging should be used sparingly only for required medical procedures.

CAN YOU BE STRIP SEARCHED AT A DISTANCE?

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Yes, current mm-wave/T-wave or Terahertz cameras may look through clothing at up to 80 feet (25M).  Active t-wave camera systems like a microwave flash bulb have the best image quality.  Systems are currently in use in public areas here in the US and word-wide.  

Powerful portable x-ray vans are searching homes, sports venues, people and cars on a street near you.

CAN YOU BE SEARCHED AT A DISTANCE IN YOUR CAR OR HOME?

    WHAT KIND OF SCANNERS ARE IN USE?

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Yes, current mobile high-energy back-scatter X-ray system look through your car/truck with mobile vans as you drive by or van passes your home or car.  Made by American Science and Engineering (AES) the same company that makes the backscatter airport machines.  Even more powerful stationary system are in use at the borders and at internal check points.  These powerful industrial X-ray machines use the same technology as the smaller airport version installed in Chicago and many other airports. According the company video the dose from the mobile Z-van is about 7 times that of the airport version.  

I WORK AROUND SCANNERS AND MEDICAL X-RAY EQUIPMENT- AM I SAFE?

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Yes and No, medical operating personnel are typically shielded with special, walls, leaded glass and special lead lined aprons.  Radiation from security equipment is sprayed in all directions when generated, shielding helps but it all leaks some amount, the dose is cumulative.  Similarly X-rays are scattered/reflected off the patient irradiating the operator and areas of the body not of interest in the procedure.  Our shielding products will offer additional protection to operators and the patient.  Radio sensitive tissues (ovaries, breasts, thyroid, and testicles, etc…) not of interest may be shielded with our products.  Further shielding will obscure sensitive tissue to insure image privacy. Security equipment is designed for rapid access and shielding gets in the way, scanners spray the target (you), operators and people standing nearby with radiation.  Although the dose is small the high energy x-rays are strong in the range of 60,000 to 100,000 eV and are very penetrating.  Work around this equipment for 8 hours, frequent flier, member of a flight crew, work in a secure area getting a x-ray once a day, the dose adds up.  In our opinion this represents a health risk to US all.

X-Ray system are in our opinion are dangerous, and should be ONLY used sparingly for medical needs. High energy radiation is dangerous, dose is cumulative and poses a serious threat to all living cells through which it passes, leaving behind a trail of destruction and genetic mutations.  We are told by media, industry and government experts the X-ray scanner is safe, you decide.

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Why Radiation Can Be Dangerous


Ionizing radiation can be found in certain equipment and manufacturing environments such as X-ray machines. Ionizing radiation cannot be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, or felt in any way. Therefore it is important that those working in an environment where equipment is being utilized that emits ionized radiation be monitored on a regular basis. 

How is Radiation Measured?

 


Scientists use terms such as roentgens, rads, and rems to measure radiation levels. A dosimeter can be used to measure the exposure of radiation.  Al are estimates as to how much energy is absorbed in turn is related to cellular damage.  For employees who work in a radiation environment, the only way to know your real exposure level is to wear a dosimeter every day and to review your exposure reports regularly.  Or for frequent flyiers, flight crews, security workers or people just concerned about their health. 

Are Women of Child-Bearing Age at Risk?

All women should be aware of the dangers of radiation exposure and its potential effects. While exposure may be considered relatively low in dental offices, knowing your cumulative exposure levels ensures your safety. If you are of child-bearing age or pregnant and working where the potential for radiation exposure exists, you should be aware of your surrounding environment and how it could affect the health of your baby. 

 Although proper safety measures may be taken by wearing lead aprons, the possibility of exposure to radiation always exists. Make sure you take precautions from these potential risks by wearing a monitoring device. Women of child bearing years who work in an occupation or office where the potential for radiation exposure exists should be aware of her surrounding environment and how it could affect the health of her newborn baby.

How Can X-rays Affect the Unborn Child? 

An unborn child is more sensitive to the affects of radiation exposure due to the rapidly dividing cells that naturally occur during development. As the cells of the embryo are rapidly dividing and growing into specialized cells and tissues, radiation can cause changes in these cells, which could slightly increase the chance of birth defect or certain illnesses, like leukemia, later in life. There is scientific disagreement about whether the small amounts of radiation used in diagnostic radiology can actually harm the unborn child, but it is always better to err on the side of caution.

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