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By Thormod Henriksen

Radiation and the consequences of radioactivity were identified for greater than a hundred years. overseas examine spanning this era has yielded loads of information regarding radiation and its organic results and this task has ended in the invention of many functions in medication and together with melanoma treatment, clinical diagnostics, and qc in the course of manufacturing.After Chernobyl, there was an inclination to treat radiation as damaging, even in occasions the place the doses are equivalent to or less than the typical point. Radiation and well-being offers a balanced view of the character of radiation and its life within the surroundings, in addition to discussing its results on vegetation, animals and people. It additionally presents a survey of information up to now, from the invention and easy conception of radiation and radioactivity to more moderen advancements focused on the character of radiation and its influence on organic structures. quite a few examples, routines, and diagrams are incorporated to make this ebook obtainable to non-specialists.Radiation and healthiness offers information regarding the makes use of and outcomes of ionizing radiation in drugs, learn, and undefined. It deals a foundation for making use of a few simple calculations and evaluating the implications, and identifies possibility components to assist identify ideas and laws that restrict radiation doses, either to the person and to society.

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The LET or Linear Energy Transfer). In radiation protection, a wR of 20 is currently used for α-particles where as for neutrons the factor varies from 5 to 20, depending upon their energy. When the physical dose, measured in gray, is multiplied by wR, the biological effective dose is calculated. This product is called the equivalent dose. M. Sievert. H = wR . D H is the equivalent dose in Sv and D is the dose in Gy. In order to evaluate the biological effect of radiation we apply the sievert. The crux of the matter is the value of wR.

The radiation from a radioactive source decreases with time as shown. The curve can be described by an exponential formula. The figure demonstrates the meaning of the half-life. After one half-life the intensity of the radiation has decreased to 50%. After two half-lives only 25% remains and so on. Each half-life reduces the remaining amount by one half. The Earth still contains large amounts of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes, such as U-238. For this to occur the half-lives must be very long.

18 Radiation and Health the threshold energy for forming two electrons. The process takes place near the atomic nucleus and is the most significant absorption mechanism when the photon energy is above about 10 MeV. The Penetration of Radiation When using a gun, the penetration by the bullet depends on the energy of the bullet as well as the composition of the target. For example, a pellet from an air gun will be stopped by a few millimeters of wood but a bullet from a high powered rifle will pass through many millimeters of steel.

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