Terahertz imaging has the potential to reveal concealed explosives; metallic and non-metallic weapons (such as ceramic, plastic or composite guns and knives); flammables; biological agents; chemical weapons and other threats hidden in packages or on personnel. Because terahertz imaging employs safe non-ionizing radiation that penetrates clothing, people may be routinely scanned as well as packages. Time domain terahertz imaging can be employed in reflection mode to image beneath clothing with sub millimeter resolution. Fiber optic coupled terahertz transmitter and generator arrays can be constructed to more quickly objects such as shoes, or larger portions of the body. The application of commercially available time domain terahertz spectroscopy equipment to imaging through clothing on simulant personnel is shown to distinguish harmful from innocuous objects.© (2004) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.