Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Radiography: radiation safety

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Sam Jakovljevic

Introduction

  • Radiation is a form of energy:
    • Ionizing radiation (eg X-rays) has sufficient energy to ionize atoms and cause damage to biological tissues. The source of ionizing radiation includes for example X-Ray generators and radio-active material.
    • Non-ionizing radiation (eg UV, microwaves, radio waves) is less energetic and unable to cause ionization.
  • It is essential to follow rigid safety guidelines when dealing with ionizing radiation that is a serious safety hazard because:
    • It is invisible.
    • It is painless.
    • It penetrates and interacts with biological tissues to produce:
      • Cumulative effects.
      • Latent effects, which may manifest at a later time.

Interaction of ionizing radiation with matter

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Biological effects of ionizing radiation

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Radioprotection in radiography

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The Law (in a nutshell)

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Further Reading

Publications

Referred papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Bottollier-Depois J F, Chau Q, Bouisset P, Kerlau G, Plawinski L, Lebaron-Jacobs L (2000) Assessing exposure to cosmic radiation during long-haul flights. Radiat Res 153(5 Pt. 1), 526-532 PubMed.

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