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Originally posted by RelentlessLurker
kind of like how the TSA's biggest mouthpiece (janet napolitano) came out and said that the hopkins university claims the machines are safe.
...and for those of you who still cherish honesty:
DHS claim to safety
DHS's own source claiming otherwise
Originally posted by new_here
If everyone demanded a copy of their x-rays on the spot, citing 'Freedom of Info Act' or else 'right to obtain copies of medical personal records' which falls under HIPAA (It's an X-ray, for heavensake!) And furthermore, the more I think about it, this whole fiasco may be in violation of HIPAA, which deals with the privacy of medical information. Remember the person who had to show her prosthetic breast? What if an X-ray displays a known health condition? I had to sign permission at my doctors' office for them to share ANY health info with ANYBODY. It was very specific.
I honestly believe the law applies to anybody with access to medical info on a citizen. (As a teacher, I know for a fact I am bound by the Laws surrounding HIPAA.)
HHS’ Office for Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules. Enforcement of the Privacy Rule began April 14, 2003 for most HIPAA covered entities. Since 2003, OCR's enforcement activities have obtained significant results that have improved the privacy practices of covered entities. The corrective actions obtained by OCR from covered entities have resulted in systemic change that has improved the privacy protection of health information for all individuals they serve.
HIPAA covered entities were required to comply with the Security Rule beginning on April 20, 2005. OCR became responsible for enforcing the Security Rule on July 27, 2009.
The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination. CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from HHS. CRD also enforces a Federal law and regulation that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.
(Reuters) - The radiation risk from full-body scanners used to improve airport security is low and unlikely to raise an individual's risk of cancer, U.S. experts said on Wednesday.
The United States has tested 40 whole-body scanners as part of a pilot program started after the September 11 attacks, and this past October ordered 150 more.
There are two types of machines -- millimeter wavelength imaging and backscatter X-ray scanners. Both are used to see under clothes and identify unusual objects.
Only one -- backscatter X-ray machines -- expose individuals to ionizing radiation such as that used in common medical X-rays.
But the radiation levels are well below the threshold that could be considered a risk to an individual's health, said Dr. James Thrall of the American College of Radiology and chief of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
As an aggregate whole body dose, measured in millirem or msieverts, the statement is correct. But Compton effect backscatter, to be effective as a scanner, must be narrowly focused. The cosmic radiation at 30,000 feet is spread out throught your 80 or however many kilograms and 1.5 or so cubic meters of volume. All of the scanner radiation is focused on the outer layers of skin, so sperm producing glands, which are near the skin, corneas, women's breast tissue, etc receive a concentrated dose. It's a mutagenic dose of ionizing radiation hitting the outer 8 cm of tissue. Hello, basil cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Originally posted by Aggie Man
From Discovery.com....take it for whatever you may:
The radiation you get from body scanners is the same as what you get in two minutes in an airplane at 30,000 feet.
Originally posted by ProvehitoInAltum
Funny how that works isn't it? So there is a possability that the TSA have defused the situation by simply not offering a venue for a lot of folks to opt out.
Originally posted by Skippy1138
I admire your passion, but I don't think anyone will get very far on the HIPPA issue.Your medical info IS allowed to be shared with other persons or parties that require that information in order to do their jobs (doctors, EMTs, insurance companies, pharmacies,etc)...
Originally posted by Skippy1138
I admire your passion, but I don't think anyone will get very far on the HIPPA issue.Your medical info IS allowed to be shared with other persons or parties that require that information in order to do their jobs (doctors, EMTs, insurance companies, pharmacies,etc).
A New Zealander who was held up at Heathrow Airport for a day after refusing to get a body scan is returning home after being put onto another flight. .... In New Zealand the body scanners are prohibited under the Aviation Crimes Act.