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5 Airport Body Scanner Patents Stripped Down

Here's a deep dive on five patents applying X-ray backscatter technology to airport contraband detection. These screening machines have been much in the news recently, amid controversy regarding both their effectiveness and the amount of radiation exposure to which travelers are subjected. The patents we'll look at are from prime players in the airport body scanner field. This list is led by Rapiscan Systems Inc. , of Torrance, Calif., which in 2009 won the TSA contract to supply whole-body imag
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Rapiscan patent 7,796,733, showing a series of X-ray images generated from complicated image processing methods. Note that, at higher privacy levels, while the general outline of the body and metal object still appear, details around the feet and fingers begin to disappear.

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