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Florida Medical Center Board Member Appointed to National Committee on Airport Security Scanner Safety

Mar 19, 2015

Dr. Edward A Dauer

Dr. Edward A Dauer

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (March 19, 2015) – Florida Medical Center’s director of radiology and board member, Dr. Edward A. Dauer, was recently appointed to a special advisory panel of the National Academy of Sciences that evaluates the safety of airport security scanners across the nation.

As a member of the committee, Dr. Dauer will review how the Department of Homeland Security and equipment manufacturers estimate the level of non-ionizing millimeter wave radiation exposures that air travelers are exposed to.

The scanners, also known as millimeter wave machines, are used in about 160 airports throughout the United States. Unlike X-ray scanners, which use ionizing radiation that can break

bonds in living cells, millimeter wave machines use low-energy, non-ionizing radio frequency waves to detect weapons, explosives and other hidden objects.

Appointed by Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council, the committee is responsible for evaluating whether traveler and operator exposures to non-ionizing radiation meet health and safety standards. Members are also in charge of ensuring the machine’s design and operating and maintenance procedures are appropriate for preventing overexposure.

"It is encouraging that an independent panel of scientists and researchers will be able to study objective scientific data to assess the safety of this imaging technology," Dr. Dauer said. "Our number one priority is to protect travelers from any potential harm."

Board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology, Dr. Dauer is the Director of the Department of Radiology at Florida Medical Center, a position he has held since 1979. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and later received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami.

Additionally, Dr. Dauer is a research associate of biomedical engineering, radiology and family medicine at UM. He established the new research lab in scanning electron microscopy at the College of Engineering and is working on electron microscopy analysis of biomedical devices and tissue engineering. He also served on the Florida State Board of Medicine for 11 years, including two terms as chairman.

"As both a distinguished physician and engineer in the community, Dr. Dauer is highly deserving of this national appointment," said Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO of Florida Medical Center. "We are proud to have one of our own hospital board members represent such an important public safety topic amongst such a prestigious group of individuals."

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