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Airport body scanners may cause cancer: Scientist – The Economic Times

LONDON: At a time when airports around the globe are planning to install full body scanners to maximise security, the US Congress has been warned that the X-ray imaging could increase the risk of skin cancer in air passengers.

The body scanners emit radiation up to 20 times more powerful than previously thought and could be particularly risky for children, said Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s center for radiological research.

Although the “individual risks” associated with X-ray backscatter scanners are probably extremely small, it could multiply with the number of scanning, he said.

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