Rapiscan Secure 1000 Health and Safety Information

Rapiscan stands behind the safety and effectiveness of all our technologies. As an important part of the nation’s transportation security system, we are committed to protecting the traveling public by ensuring security officers have access to a proven security imaging system that has been thoroughly tested by government regulators and independent experts.

Rapiscan’s systems like the Secure 1000, often referred to as full-body scanners, airport body scanners or TSA body scanners, include safeguards that are designed to make the devices safe. In compliance with government health and safety requirements, these systems are not capable of producing exposures at unsafe levels and would shut down before acceptable exposure standards could be reached.

All of our systems comply with U.S. and international health and safety requirements. In addition:

In government tests, x-ray energy generated by the Rapiscan Secure 1000 has been shown to fall well below widely-accepted and established standards for scan exposure.

The systems are monitored at 10-millisecond intervals – 100 times a second – to affirmatively determine normal operation of multiple parameters. If a single parameter is operating outside the systems’ tolerances, the systems immediately default to a power-down state, and shut down.

Independent research studies confirm the results of safety testing performed by government agencies. These results show that Rapiscan’s body scanning technology is safe.

A person would have to receive more than 1,000 screenings to begin to approach the annual exposure limits.

The American College of Radiology reports a traveler would have to get more than 1,000 scans in a year to reach the effective dose of radiation equal to one chest x-ray.

Based on these testing and study results, pregnant women, children and the elderly, or people with special medical needs can safely undergo a scanner screening.

The latest report published by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), confirms that the use of backscatter X-ray technology in body scanners is safe to use at security checkpoints.

The SCENIHR reports states that, with respect to the Secure 1000:
· The doses delivered by backscatter X-ray scanners are too low to cause any observable effects on the human body
· The dose levels are too low to form a scientific basis for making any quantitative risk estimates

Rapiscan tests every system before it leaves the factory, and our technicians conduct regular surveys of each system after it is deployed to the field. 

The tests we have conducted confirm that Rapiscan scanners produce negligible amounts of radiation, far below the widely-accepted standards for human exposure.

You can be confident that the Secure 1000 has been thoroughly tested and is safe.



With continual development of our products Rapiscan Systems reserves the right to amend specifications without notice. Product pictures are for general reference. Please note that due to US laws and regulations, not all Rapiscan products are available for sale in all countries without restriction. Please contact your Rapiscan Systems sales representative for more information.