security x-ray machines and film

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Mark Lauter, Apr 4, 2005.

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    Mark Lauter Guest

    Does anyone know if the security x-ray machines in public/federal buildings
    is as strong as those used at airports?

    On a trip to Baltimore and D.C. this weekend I was very careful to have all
    800 and 1600 film hand checked in the airports. The security personel were
    friendly and happy to do this. However, while in D.C. my girlfiend carried
    the some of the film in her purse and accidentally passed it through an
    x-ray machine at the entrance to one of the House of Reps' office buildings.

    The film was color 800 and 1600 FujiPress. Is it ruined or worth trying to
    salvage?

    Slightly off-topic..

    The number of cameras and video devices present amoung the tourists in D.C.
    is astonishing. The last time I was there (pre-digital revolution) there
    was hardly a camera present. Perhaps one of the more amusing sights was the
    number of folks taking pictures of ol' Abe with those camera-phones.

    We also attended a wedding in Baltimore over the weekend. At some point
    during the ceremony I looked back and noticed almost the entire congregation
    with one arm lifted filming or shooting. The couple will probably have
    access to literally thousands of really poor images of their wedding.
    Amazing. :)
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 4, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Your girl friend most likely pasted through a metal detector not an
    x-ray machine and as such the film should be fine.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Apr 4, 2005
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    Bruce Chang Guest

    I seriously doubt she walked through a metal detector with a purse. They
    recommend that you take your shoes off when you go through security, that
    should say something about toting somethign that functions to carry
    miscellaneous items. If they think there might be a bomb in your shoes, why
    wouldn't they suspect you'd have a bomb in a purse?

    -Bruce
     
    Bruce Chang, Apr 4, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    Your girl friend most likely pasted through a metal detector not an
    No, the purse went through the x-ray, she went through the metal detector
    and I was told to leave the building because I refused to put my camera
    through the x-ray and they refused to hand inspect it.
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 4, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Oh, well, in that case he film is probably fogged to some extent, it
    may be possible to get good prints from it none the less, might as well
    try.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Apr 4, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    Oh, well, in that case he film is probably fogged to some extent, it
    A friend suggested developing the film and getting an index print to decide
    whether or not prints would be worth making - don't know why I didn't think
    about this. :)
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 4, 2005
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    Mono Guest

    The specifics of the rules that apply at security checks in buildings are
    almost certainly different from those at airports (unless the building
    just happens to be the TSA headquarters).

    BUT - the fact remains that the operators of the security scanning
    equipment do so without any special protection (they don't wear the lead
    apron that you wore the last time your dentist x-rayed your teeth).
    Therefore, as a matter of public safety, it is almost quaranteed that the
    dosage in building security x-ray machines is not going to be
    significantly greater than those at airports. Furthermore, since the
    machines were probably made by the same company to the same specification
    - - -

    X-ray damage is cumulative and gradual - one pass is probably harmless,
    even on high-speed film. Multiple passes could lead to some slight
    fogging. A single pass through the type of x-ray machines used to screen
    carry-on baggage won't totally destroy film. (The same cannot be said
    for the machines used to screen checked baggage at airports.)

    Therefore, I would guess that your girlfriends film is just fine.
     
    Mono, Apr 4, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    Does anyone know if the security x-ray machines in public/federal
    buildings
    Update:

    Film developed fine. YAY! :)
     
    Mark Lauter, Apr 11, 2005
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