12/18/2012 10:48 am ET Updated Feb 17, 2013

TSA To Allow Health Study Of Airport Scanners

After months of congressional cajoling, the Transportation Security Administration agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to probe the health effects of radiation from imaging machines used at airports, according to a senior GOP senator.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said late Monday that she had been informed of the decision to probe the effects of the imaging technology. Collins, who has written a bill that would require an independent study of the "backscatter" machines, said in a statement the TSA "has heeded my call to commission an independent examination into the possible health risks travelers and TSA employees may face during airport screenings."

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