28 January 1997 Detection of contraband concealed on the body using x-ray imaging
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Proceedings Volume 2932, Human Detection and Positive Identification: Methods and Technologies; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.265380
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, 1996, Boston, MA, United States
In an effort to avoid detection, smugglers and terrorists are increasingly using the body as a vehicle for transporting illicit drugs, weapons, and explosives. This trend illustrates the natural tendency of traffickers to seek the path of least resistance, as improved interdiction technology and operational effectiveness have been brought to bear on other trafficking avenues such as luggage, cargo, and parcels. In response, improved technology for human inspection is being developed using a variety of techniques. ASE's BodySearch X-ray Inspection Systems uses backscatter x-ray imaging of the human body to quickly, safely, and effectively screen for drugs, weapons, and explosives concealed on the body. This paper reviews the law enforcement and social issues involved in human inspections, and briefly describes the ASE BodySearch systems. Operator training, x-ray image interpretation, and maximizing systems effectiveness are also discussed. Finally, data collected from operation of the BodySearch system in the field is presented, and new law enforcement initiatives which have come about due to recent events are reviewed.
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Gerald J. Smith, Gerald J. Smith, } "Detection of contraband concealed on the body using x-ray imaging", Proc. SPIE 2932, Human Detection and Positive Identification: Methods and Technologies, (28 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.265380; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.265380

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