Body scanning made in SA

June 2011 Integrated Solutions, Mining (Industry)

Scannex is a low dose, full body X-ray scanning machine that produces high-resolution digital X-ray images through which it is possible to differentiate between human body anatomy and foreign objects that persons may be carrying on or within their bodies. The advanced imaging system of the machine incorporates several image analysing techniques so that the entire body can be analysed in a fast and efficient manner.

In order to ensure the privacy of the person being scanned, the setup of the machine is such that fine bodily tissue and skin is not identifiable on the image. However, dense objects such as bone and non-bodily items are easily identifiable wherever it is placed. Also, to ensure the anonymity of the person being scanned the image viewers can be located remotely from the machine.

While the primary application of the Scannex machine is the detection of diamonds, it is suitable in other mining applications such as precious metals. In addition to mining applications the machine is capable of detecting explosives, liquids, drugs and weapons.

The application of the Scannex machine at De Beers Group diamond mines across South Africa and Namibia has resulted in the arrest of a number of mine employees who were positively identified to have been carrying diamonds on them. The illicit trade in diamonds is attractive due to the value of relatively small-sized particles that may be easily concealed on or within the body. In most cases that have been detected, the perpetrators had attempted to conceal their loot by inserting it in the anus. However, the transmission type X-rays of the Scannex machine allowed these suspects to be easily identified.

The operating licence condition of the Scannex machine requires that the accumulative dosage received by any employee does not exceed a limit of 1 milliSievert per annum. To ensure compliance to this regulation the operation of the Scannex machine is controlled and monitored by an independent X-ray dose management system. A special feature within the De Beers Group mines is that the X-ray dose management systems at each mine are linked together and their data synchronised on a daily basis. This feature ensures that should any De Beers Group employee be scanned at two different mines on successive days, both incidences will be recorded by the X-ray dose management system.

The success of the Scannex machine since its first implementation in the late 1990s is undoubtedly proven. Following its subsequent design upgrade and addition of several new image analysing features over time the machine is a most effective tool to enable the protection of valuable company resources.

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Managing staff effectively
September 2019, dormakaba South Africa, iPulse Systems , Integrated Solutions, Access Control & Identity Management
Workforce management solutions allow organisations to track the relationship between productivity and the cost of employment, incorporating issues such as health and safety, T&A, rostering and more.

Increase security efficiency, decrease costs
September 2019 , Security Services & Risk Management, Integrated Solutions
Trackforce offers customisable mobile and web applications to increase security operational efficiency and lower costs.

Augmented security with drones
August 2019, Drone Guards , Editor's Choice, Integrated Solutions
Drone Guards is moving into an untapped market of using drones to secure residential estates and other high-value assets such as mines, farms and commercial properties.

10 things to consider when shopping for a VMS
August 2019, Genetec , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Today’s video management systems (VMS) provide a wide range of tools and capabilities that help make security personnel more efficient by allowing them to focus on what really matters.

Residential security – caveat emptor
August 2019, Stafix , Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
When it comes to improving your property’s security, make sure you take all the options into account as you build a layered approach to keeping people safe and assets secured.

End-to-end security solutions for residential estates
August 2019, Elvey Security Technologies , Integrated Solutions, Residential Estate (Industry), Products
While there are a multitude of security options available for residential estate body corporates, unfortunately the solutions are not always able to integrate seamlessly, resulting in a hotchpotch of disparate systems.

Integrated residential estate surveillance
August 2019, Forbatt SA , Integrated Solutions, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Integrated solutions bring the best-of-breed out of each technology to give personnel all the tools they need for access control management and security.

From fog to foxes
August 2019, Axis Communications SA , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
What makes radar devices so valuable is the fact that they can provide a high range of accurate data while barely relying on external factors, such as weather or light.

Communications management within your security platform
August 2019, Genetec , Integrated Solutions, Residential Estate (Industry)
In the physical security industry, communications management systems, such as intercom solutions, are becoming an integral part of developing effective and comprehensive security strategies.

The hidden claws of proof of concept
August 2019 , Editor's Choice, Integrated Solutions
Proof of concept is a proven methodology for testing new technologies, but it isn’t perfect, and it can be more of a hindrance than a help.