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What the radiologists have to say about full-body scans (you'll never guess)

January 6, 2010 |  3:54 pm

ScannerPerhaps you've been wondering what radiation dangers full-body scans might present to airline passengers. The nation's radiologists are here for you.

The American College of Radiology has issued its official statement on the matter. It concludes: "The ACR is not aware of any evidence that either of the scanning technologies that the TSA is considering would present significant biological effects for passengers screened."

Likely you did guess, after all. Here's the full statement, including a brief explanation of the two types of technology used in the scanners.

Here's the latest news on full-body scans at airports:

Britain to start full-body scans at Heathrow Airport

Villaraigosa urges U.S. to expand use of full-body scanners at LAX, elsewhere

L.A. airport police union urges full-body scans at checkpoints (This includes images of what the results can look like; note that Google search results may vary, sometimes depending on the source.)

And here's more on the scans from the Transportation Security Administration.

-- Tami Dennis

Photo: A volunteer stands inside a "millimeter wave" scanner during a demonstration last month at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images