Using the same equipment and exposure settings for adults may result in excessive radiation exposure when applied on smaller patients like children.
Handling and transporting radioactive sources carefully is critical. People involved should receive proper training from classifying, packing, marking and labelling, to segregating radioactive materials.
There are set standards and guidelines for organisations and enterprises working with radiation. These involve monitoring radiation levels and enforcing regulations to ensure compliance.
We are constantly exposed to it from the various sources in our environment—cosmic radiation, radon gas, and the X-rays and CT scans we take. The amount we are exposed to is typically very low and is generally safe.
Small doses are part of our everyday lives and our bodies are designed to repair damages from these everyday minimal exposure.
Radiation events have been rare and far between, but they highlight the importance of strict safety regulations and proper management of radioactive materials to prevent accidents and protect public health.
Radiation in plant mutation breeding has been used for several decades. By exposing the seeds or cuttings of a plant to radiation, they can produce the desired traits like resistance to disease, pests, or environmental stress.
Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells. In 1896, the first successful radiotherapy for cancer took place.
Infrared radiation usually goes unnoticed but it’s something you encounter every day. Toasters, incandescent bulbs, and remote controls use infrared energy, as well as industrial heaters used in drying and curing materials.
Many IR procedures use X-rays or fluoroscopy, exposing both patient and staff to radiation. Some use very little radiation and more for complex procedures.