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Cargo X-ray scanners can damage medical film products, says International Imaging Industry Association.

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The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A), a global association for the imaging industry, said yesterday that it has conducted tests which show damage to medical film products caused by cargo X-ray scanners.

Testing showed that one type of X-ray equipment now in use in the United States is likely to cause damage to imaging materials, medical and dental film products in particular. According to I3A such damage leads to public health issues.

The members of I3A's Integrity in Transportation of Imaging Products (ITIP) committee have proposed that the US Customs and Border Protection should consider amending the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Performance Standard to measure and include more cargo X-ray dosage data, to give equipment manufacturers some incentive to keep the cargo dose as low as possible, while still providing a high level of security, and to update the existing federal regulations that protect aircraft passengers' film to include a means for protecting medical and industrial films and other film products.

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