These x-ray machines are designed with builtin shielding to help prevent radiation from exiting the device. However, a small amount of radiation may come out of this shielding this is termed “leakage radiation.” There are federal limits placed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on acceptable leakage rates for all types of x-ray producing equipment. These limits are established.
to keep people safe. Any item that goes through an x-ray screening machine will receive ionizing radiation exposure; however, it is too low to damage your personal belongings and they cannot become radioactive from this procedure.However, some photographic film may need to be hand screened because the x rays can damage the film (just like a plain film x ray at the doctor’s office)