A grandmother passing through security at LAX on Saturday put her one-month-old grandson through the x-ray machine. According to the Los Angeles Times, a TSA screener "noticed the outline of a baby" on the display and quickly reversed the conveyor built. The baby was taken to a hospital and fortunately received a clean bill of health. From the article:
Officials, who declined to release the 56-year-old woman's name, said she spoke Spanish and apparently did not understand English.Link (Thanks, Jennifer Lum!)
She initially didn't want the baby transported to a hospital, but security officials called paramedics and insisted that the child be examined by a doctor...
"Rather than focus on the radiation dose, which is a small amount, we need to focus on why this happened, so it doesn't happen again," said Dr. James Borgstede, a diagnostic radiologist at Penrose-St. Francis Health Systems in Colorado Springs, Colo., and president of the American College of Radiology. "Human beings weren't meant to go through those things."
In the several seconds the baby spent in the machine, the doctor added, he was exposed to as much radiation as he would naturally get from cosmic rays – or high energy from outer space – in a day.
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