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Radiation technology

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Radiation technology can be used for both processing and analysis. Radiation processing technology, where materials are exposed to ionizing radiation, is an additive-free process that can change the chemical, physical and biological properties of a material without generating radioactivity.

Nuclear analytical methods, such as neutron activation analysis, X-ray fluorescence analysis, mass spectrometry and isotope tracer techniques, are reliable, accurate and in some cases complementary techniques for the characterization of materials and non-destructive testing in quality control processes and quality assurance systems.

Applications of radiation technology include radiopharmaceutical production, radioanalytical services, industrial methodologies such as non-destructive testing, and environmental applications including flue gas scrubbing and effluent cleanup in industrial installations.

Through the technical cooperation programme, the IAEA helps countries to apply radiation technology to address a wide range of development challenges. Member State capacities are built or enhanced through the establishment or upgrading of nuclear centres and national analytical laboratories, the enhancement of capabilities for nuclear medicine applications, the provision of support for nuclear techniques that improve industry and the advancement of radioanalytical techniques. This is particularly important to developing countries entering the global market.

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Responsible/Contact: Department of Technical Cooperation | Last update: 10 Apr, 2015

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