Monday, November 22, 2010

The scanners are riskier than the terrorists

Check out the math in the article linked below, the quote coming from dosimetry expert Peter Rez.

Protests Mount Over Safety And Privacy Of Airport Scanners : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR:

"Rez agrees the individual risk is still negligible. 'It's a 1-in-20-million chance of dying from radiation for each scan,' he says. 'Your chances of being struck by lightning in the US in any year is 1 in 500,000. But the probability of being blown up in an airplane by a terrorist is around 1 in 30 million. So the risk from the scan is about the same as the thing you're trying to prevent.'"