FDA Seeks Less Radiation for Kids Getting X-Rays, CT Scans

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Elizabeth Conley, May 9, 2012.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member


    As a parent of two children who have been X-rayed and CT scanned more often than most, I'm particularly concerned about minimizing their exposure to X-rays.

    I wonder if this move on the part of the FDA's will effect the TSA's acquisition and use of backscatter X-ray equipment. I know that somehow the DHS was able to get away with deploying their x-ray scammers, but surely some other concerned parents are going to notice if the TSA increases their use of backscatter X-ray equipment, rather than decreasing it.
  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    No, unfortunately it won't.

    TSA has successfully skirted having these machines labeled as medical devices. Therefore, guidance such as this is irrelevant.

    Also, something that doesn't get said, but should, is that the output of these machines cannot be controlled by the operator. Ergo, a 30-50# child gets the same dose as a 120# female or a 300# male. These machines are going to cause cancer. Period.
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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I have had any number of CT scans and typical x-rays, chest, dental, shoulder, hip, back and so forth that I can see no reason to ever enter a TSA x-ray scanner of any kind. If that becomes the requirement to fly then I guess I will have to find other ways to travel, even though I have not flown now for several months. My spouse has been subjected to even greater amounts of radiation including a PetScan,, radiation therapy, not to mention CT scans, x-rays, and so forth so this issue becomes even greater for her.

    I think we need to revive the "Just Say No" campaign when it comes to TSA.
  4. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I admit to being pretty ignorant about medical matters. X-ray radiation exposure is reputed to be something one should minimize, so that's what I do. I ask my children's physicians minimize the x-rays, and they do. (They're a very professional and caring bunch. I think they'd minimize the X-rays whether I asked them to or not.) Often these physicians are pretty excited about the kids' surgical outcomes, and want "pictures" to share their professional triumphs with colleagues. These surgeons practically dance when they look at those X-rays, but they still keep their "trophies" to a minimum.

    I was warned that X-ray backscatter radiation tends to disproportionately effect the skin. That sounds like a really bad idea to me, because I assume that it's the concentration of the radiation exposure that heightens the risk.

    I wish the DHS/TSA would come clean about backscatter X-ray safety. Their lack of integrity in this matter and others deeply saddens me.
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    In general.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    It's not a matter of lack of integrity but the total absence of integrity at DHS/TSA that is the problem.
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  7. I dropped a dentist for our whole family when their small x-ray mouthpiece was broken, and instead of skipping x-rays she kept trying over and over, like six times, to get bitewings on my son, who couldn't hold the large piece in his mouth so they kept coming out blurry. I should have stopped it while it was going on, but coulda shoulda woulda sometimes in those situations. Now I take him to a dentist who only takes x-rays on kids when there's an actual reason to do it.

    Ironically they called themselves "health centered", boasted about how they're concerned about your mouth and teeth in terms of whole body health, and yet they were totally x-ray happy, on me, too. Digital x-rays, but still. Lame. Turned out they were mostly pushing wonderful, fancy procedures and products that insurance wouldn't cover.
  8. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I have this sneaking suspicion that if they did, the backscatter machines would be out of all of the airports, pronto!

    If those machines are so safe, they would be flaunting that fact in front of all of our faces - and yet, they aren't. I mean, just look how excited they get when they find gun.
  9. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Also, if they were so safe why have they denied their employees the use of dosimeters? If there is nothing to be concerned about what's the problem with allowing your employees to monitor themselves? My son in law works in a nuclear plant - he has one supplied by his company.
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  10. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    It's not like Pistole and Napolitano are the first sociopaths to lie to me. I'm about 99% sure the backscatter X-ray machines pose a significant health risk. Clever sociopaths think BS always walks, 'cause for them it always has. Not this time. All evidence suggests they're lying. Those two have seriously miscalculated this time.
  11. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    This is so true.

    Yes, indeedy.

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