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Could New Airport Scanners Be a Trigger for ED?

Early this year, TSA began implementing MMW as a primary screening technology next to metal detectors at airports in San Francisco, Miami, Albuquerque, Tulsa, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. For the first time, some airline passengers will skip metal detectors and instead be screened by body scanning machines that look through clothing for hidden weapons, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Mayo Clinic neuroradiologist Peter Kalina, M.D., FACR says airport scanning technology that reveals detailed images of breasts, genitalia, surgical implants, cosmetic enhancements, prosthetics, catheter tubes, and body piercings, is bound to generate controversy.

“People from many walks of life simply aren’t comfortable having any part of their bodies looked at.” Among those apt to object, he says, are people modest or socially phobic, as well as those with eating disorders or body image issues, mastectomies, colostomy bags, and those with body piercings in intimate body areas. “Many people consider these body parts private between them and their loved ones, and not to be viewed by people behind machines,” he says. “And let’s remember: There are humans behind those scanners.”

What do you think? Besides the radiatin risks (although minimal) could these scans be dangerous for us?