Risks from radiation sources

... discusses the different types of radiation sources in use and the accidents and injuries that can result if they are not used properly, become lost or are damaged.


In normal everyday use, radiation sources and technologies are used by professionals in well managed, properly regulated institutions. As described previously, radiation sources can be generating devices, such as X ray machines or particle accelerators used in medicine.

The sources can also be radioactive materials sealed in a secure capsule or housing. Some sources, particularly those used in nuclear medicine and research are radioactive materials in an unsealed form.

Problems can arise if radiation sources are involved in accidents, and if they become damaged or lost.

Accidents involving radiation sources

Radiation sources are widely used in industry and accidents can occur either as a result of poor management or sometimes because of bad judgement.


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