TSA Airport Scanners: Radiation Truths and Lies

New TSA airport scanners: Millimeter wave technology produces whole body images.
New airport scanners are embarrassing to many, but are they safe? (TSA)


(CBS) Is the government keeping the truth about radiation risks from  unsuspecting passengers forced to go through the new "backscatter" scanners at our nation's airports?

Certainly, many Americans think the TSA isn't shooting straight.

So, CBS News asked leading radiation safety experts from MIT and the respected Health Physics Society for the real scoop on radiation levels on not just airport scanners but 12 other every day radiation sources, many of which you probably never thought about.

How much radiation comes from drinking a glass of water or spooning with your spouse?

You might be surprised at the answers.

Read our slide show for more.


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