Report Identifies New Full Body Scanners as Low Radiation Risk

14 February 2010 (Last Updated February 14th, 2010 18:30)

The radiation risk from new full body X-ray airport security scanners is much lower that normal background radiation, according to a report compiled by international agencies. The report, which was compiled by a number of agencies including the European Commission and the UN Nuclear Age

The radiation risk from new full body X-ray airport security scanners is much lower that normal background radiation, according to a report compiled by international agencies.

The report, which was compiled by a number of agencies including the European Commission and the UN Nuclear Agency, said that the normal annual background radiation per person was 3,000 microsieverts, while the full body scanners delivered 0.1 to 5 microsieverts.

According to Reuters, the new full body scanners, which cost ten times more than conventional airport scanners, will be used widely to avert security breaches at airports.

Airport X-ray scanners expose passengers to the same ionising radiation used in medical X-rays.