THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
National Materials and Manufacturing Board
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
Committee on Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-ray Machines
Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines:
Compliance with Standards
This new report, from the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, reviews previous studies as well as current processes used by the Department of Homeland Security and equipment manufacturers to estimate radiation exposures resulting from backscatter X-ray advanced imaging technology (AIT) system use in screening air travelers. Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines examines whether exposures comply with applicable health and safety standards for public and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation and whether system design, operating procedures, and maintenance procedures are appropriate to prevent over exposures of travelers and operators to ionizing radiation. This study aims to address concerns about exposure to radiation from X-ray backscatter AITs raised by Congress, individuals within the scientific community, and others.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 and can be found, in its entirety, on .