Body Scanners: Two words that illicit a range of emotions in American citizens.

Body Scanners

Despite nationwide shock at allowing airport employees to view revealing X-ray scans of travelers, the Transportation Security Administration deployed body scanners at every major airport in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security spent $90 million on the purchase of more than 600 body scanners. To alleviate privacy concerns, the government is now spending an additional $7 million to “remove the human factor from the image review process” and replace the passenger’s image with a blank screen or generic human avatar. “The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has repeatedly challenged the constitutionality of body scanners, and is currently pressing a lawsuit to stop the entire body scanner program, which it says is unlawful, invasive, and ineffective” (http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/).

Even more disturbing than having your body scanned is the belief by some doctors that going through the body scanners can increase your risk of cancer—particularly in those 65-years of age and older. Though the TSA has stated that the body scanners only emit minimal amounts of radiation, external researchers have discovered that that claim is somewhat misleading. Dr. Edward Dauer, head of radiology at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale stated in 2011 that airport body scanners “are potentially a real danger to the public.” In 2011, the entire European Union banned the use of radiation-based body scanners in airports citing “health and safety concerns.” There are 600 full-body scanning machines at 69 airports nationwide, according to the TSA.

Nevertheless, a recent (Feb 2012) report by Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded an independent study of the body scanners and showing that a person would have to be scanned 17,000 times a year to reach the annual dose limit. Furthermore, the European Commission reversed its ban of body scanners and decided that the risk to travelers is “close to zero.” Because of the hype surrounding the machines, many people felt anxious about them. Yet unless a major accident happens, radiation emitted from the machines is negligible.

Body scanners are a hassle, but document scanning is easy, effortless and extremely beneficial. Instead of worrying about cancer and the privacy-violating body scanning machines, think about the benefits of scanning (not your body, but your papers) in relationship to your business. How it can save you time, money and frustration. Alleviate your business security fears by scanning all your endless office documents like invoices, reports tax returns, property deeds, notes and human resource files, business compromises and the potential of breaking privacy laws.

Additionally, the possibility of future disaster (earthquake, fire, flood,) is not unreasonable to expect. Having your files scanned and electronically stored reflects wise leadership in disaster preparation.

Scanning all your documents also makes them immediately accessible online or electronically stored on the computer. Instead of wasting valuable time searching for that one piece of paper that you need, simply search for it from the comfort of your chair. Tarheel Imaging and Microfilming offers extensive scanning services—so instead of worrying about body scanners, worry about what you are going to do with all the free time you’ll have after taking advantage of our scanning services.