Friday, July 22, 2011

Life imitates satire

This gives a whole new meaning to those cartoons implying that TSA agents will double as undereducated radiologists soon (And then there's this recent satirical article.):

The security industry does sell X-ray machines, called transmission scanners, that can see inside body cavities and underneath skin. The Cook County sheriff in Illinois introduced such a machine, known as the RadPRO SecurPASS, at its jail in February.
Since then, guards have made some interesting finds, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Patterson said in an interview before today’s report. In one case, an inmate was found to have swallowed 10 pouches of heroin. Another was found to have kidney stones and was transported to a hospital. [emphasis added]