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Security scanners & pregnancy

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Security scanners & pregnancy

Hello, does anyone know whether security scanners in airports can be harmful during pregnancy?

Do the 'x-ray' scanners, such as those at Manchester airport, pose a greater problem than an ordinary scanner?

I hope I have made my questions understandable.

Thank you in advance for your responses.

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1. Re: Security scanners & pregnancy


Not as far as I know. I see pregnant women going through the newer scanners all the time without any "immediate" harm.


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2. Re: Security scanners & pregnancy

If they caused hard I'm sure there would be a sign warning pregnant women about it. You'll be fine.

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Although there is no evidence of harm with these scanners in pregnancy, it is ultimately radiation, and is impossible to carry out research to clarify ethically.

I'm sure a letter from your doctor confirming you are pregnant will exempt you from going through the scanners, resulting in the traditional pat down instead.

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4. Re: Security scanners & pregnancy

These notes below are on the Manchester airport Web site. The dose you receive is minimal, much less than you will get from taking the flight itself. You can't choose to opt out.

Body-scanners & Pregnancy

Body-scanners are now being used at Manchester Airport to allow security checking of a person without the need for a physical ‘pat down’ by a security officer.

Many official, independent international bodies including the Health

Protection Agency (HPA) in the UK have assessed the risks from the scanners. They are approved for use for all passengers including expectant mothers.

The emissions received from the scanner are a very small fraction of that received every day from natural sources.

These emissions are enough to pass through clothing but not high enough to pass through the body and therefore pose no risk to the mother or baby. The reflected X-rays are then collected and transformed electronically into an image of the body shape.

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5. Re: Security scanners & pregnancy

I've never liked the "it is only a little bit" argument. To me, it is a little bit I don't need. Fortunately, I can't assume the position in the US scanners. I didn't think any of them used x-rays. I thought it was all in the radio/microwave range.

That being said, the energy is not penetrative so no direct effect on the little guy/gal.

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6. Re: Security scanners & pregnancy

Thank you for your replies.

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7. Re: Security scanners & pregnancy

Here's some good information on pregnancy and flying from the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) including pre-flight recommendations:


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