Tek84 Engineering Group, based in San Diego, said its new body scanner was recently approved for use in Israeli airports, and is currently being tested at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport.

“Israel is widely regarded for its no-nonsense approach to security,” said Steven Smith, Tek84’s president. “This exclusive certification demonstrates the breakthrough we have achieved in fighting terrorism.”

Tek84’s new scanner is five feet wide, about half the size of existing scanners, a crucial element for crowded checkpoints and smaller facilities such as regional airports, the company said.

While the Israeli market for body scanners is relatively small, the nation’s opinion carries tremendous weight in the security community, the company said.

Tek84 said testing of its new scanner, called AIT84, should begin in the United States in six weeks by two different government agencies. The company formerly called Spectrum San Diego said it expects sales of the product to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.