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Project Title:

Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-Ray Machines
PIN: DEPS-NMMB-12-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
National Materials and Manufacturing Board DEPS

RSO: Svedberg, Erik

Subject/Focus Area: Engineering and Technology; Health and Medicine; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will review previous studies as well as current processes used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and equipment manufacturers to estimate radiation exposures resulting from backscatter x-ray advanced imaging technology (AIT) system use in screening air travelers, and provide a report with findings and recommendations on:(1) whether exposures comply with applicable health and safety standards for public and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation, and(2) whether system design (e.g., safety interlocks), operating procedures, and maintenance procedures are appropriate to prevent over exposures of travelers and operators to ionizing radiation.This study will not address legal, cultural or privacy implications of this technology.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The approximate start date for the project is 2013-05-08
A report is expected to be issued in fall 2014

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 09/05/2013
 Meeting 2 - 10/15/2013
 Meeting 3 - 11/18/2013
 Meeting 4 - 01/15/2014
 Meeting 5 - 04/29/2014
 Meeting 6 - 06/26/2014
 Meeting 7 - 07/30/2014


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Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines: Compliance with Standards