I was at 911 memorial last week. My Fuji S-1 Pro camera was scanned with the battery installed. Security personnel would not let me remove battery. Since then, a dark spot shows up on photos. This has happened before and the CCD assembly had to be replaced at a cost of $400. Is scanning to really blame for this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is this dark spot appears on just the same location everytime? Please elaborate your question of what exactly your concern is. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jez'r 570
    May 31, 2013 at 2:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also post some images if you can. \$\endgroup\$
    – Regmi
    May 31, 2013 at 3:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you could post a link to a sample picture with the problem it would help. Once you get enough reputation you can post the image directly here. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    May 31, 2013 at 3:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ You could post a link to a photo or photos. Or email to me and I'll add it if you wish. See profile for email address. Sensor dirt a possibility. More information needed before best advice on possible effect of scan can be given, but it seems unlikely that the scan caused the problem. \$\endgroup\$ May 31, 2013 at 4:55

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Having the battery in the camera shouldn't make a bit of difference if the camera was turned off. I'm also not aware of any particular reason that the scanning equipment should have caused a problem, but what you are describing sounds like a dead or hot pixel. This is just something that can happen on cameras unfortunately. It's also possibly some dust on the sensor or lens.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know which scanners are there at 911 Memorial, but I can tell from my experience that usual airports scanners never damaged my cameras, even with batteries installed, even after several passes in a short time. Usually they were switched off in my bag, so I can't tell if they could be damaged if they were on, but I guess not. \$\endgroup\$
    – gerlos
    Jun 2, 2013 at 15:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably a lost cause, but whoever downvoted could you please comment as to why. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ Henderson
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Gerlos - yes, even if it was turned on, it shouldn't make a difference either, but when the camera is off, there shouldn't be any power to the sensor, so it's the same state with or without battery when off. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ Henderson
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:52

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