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Are airport metal detectors or scanners safe to walk through when you are pregnant?
 

  • Hand-held metal detectors and walk through metal detectors do not appear to pose a hazard to for pregnant women and their fetuses .
     
  • Backscatter units create an image from very small amounts of x-ray that reflect off the person being screened. According to Rapiscan, the manufacturer of the backscatter units, the dose for one screening from a backscatter unit is 5 microrems (5 millionths of a rem) [7] which is about 1/2000th (0.05% ) the radiation dose received from one chest x ray , a negligible risk according to the International Commission on Radiological Protection  Travelers may refuse a body scan and opt for a pat-down instead.
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