Frequent flyers in airport scanning cancer risk

EXPERTS are calling for a review of airport security screening with whole-body x-ray scanners, suggesting the radiation exposure is a public health issue.

Controversy in the US over backscatter scanners, which use ionising radiation to detect weapons, explosives and other prohibited items, comes as Australia moves to introduce whole-body screening later this year.

In the latest issue of Radiology, a researcher in the field said while the radiation doses associated with backscatter scanners were safe for people travelling a few