Airport Security Scanner Plays Doctor
Airport security technology has the potential to detect more than just unallowed items pre-flight.
The scanners may also diagnose skin cancer according to Dr. Anis Rahman, chief technology officer of Applied Research and Photonics.
The terahertz radiation, commonly known as t-rays, used in the airport scanning devices have the ability to look through human skin and tissue just as they do the barriers of clothing and luggage alike.
These t-rays are non-ionizing just like visible light, which means they are safe in the way that they cannot mutate cells. So, to use them in scanning for skin cancer would not be a threat to human health.
While research is still in preliminary phases, it has yet to be made official. However, it could be exceptionally useful in the findings of early stages of malignant melanoma, the most serious skin cancer.
American Cancer Society says 76,690 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed this year.
Would you have ever guessed that airport security could serve as so much more than an annoying pre-flight procedure?