Are the New Airport Body Scanners Safe for Pregnant Women?

If you're pregnant, you probably avoid fish that's too heavy in mercury. You don't eat hot dogs or lunch meat. You take good care of your health and body because you're taking care of someone else, too, right? So should you also be avoiding airport body scans because of the radiation? Experts say no.

The new body scanning machines have popped up at airport security checkpoints around the country -- currently there are about 385 body scan machines at 68 airports. And, if you don't already, you can expect to see one your nearby airport soon -- by the end of 2011 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intends to have around 1,000 machines installed. So we saw that they've been approved safe for kids, but we wanted to know -- are airport body scans safe for pregnant women?

We turned to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP), whose report states, “Given the low levels of effective dose involved per scan (and the resultant low levels of equivalent dose per scan to the embryo or fetus of a pregnant woman), no special precautions are required for the embryo or fetus of a pregnant woman, for infants, or for children.” So you can breathe a sigh of relief.

What do you think of the new airport body scanners? Chime in below!

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