By Alan Martin, Sam Harbison, Karen Beach, Peter Cole

A brand new variation of the UK's common advent to the risks provided through ionizing radiation and the equipment of safeguard and control.

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Another effect which shows up soon after an acute overexposure to radiation is erythema, that is, reddening of the skin. In many situations the skin is subject to more radiation exposure than most other tissues. This is especially true for b-rays and lowenergy X-rays. A dose of about 3 Gy of low-energy X-rays will result in erythema, and larger exposures may lead to other symptoms such as changes in pigmentation, blistering and ulceration. The levels of exposure of workers and members of the public arising from normal operations in the nuclear energy industry, or from industrial and medical applications of radiation, are far below the levels that would induce early effects.

Since radioactive isotopes are chemically identical to stable isotopes of the same element, they will follow the same path and be concentrated to the same degree as the non-active isotopes in the body. g. so-called ‘gamma cameras’), the behaviour of the active, and hence by analogy of the ordinary non-active, isotopes of the element may be determined. 4). 4 Radioactive waste The increasing use of radioisotopes and, more particularly, the development of the nuclear power industry results in an ever-growing quantity of radioactive waste.

These are diagnostic radiology, therapeutic radiology, use of isotopes in medicine, radioactive waste, fall-out from nuclear weapon tests and occupational exposures to radiation. 1 Diagnostic radiology It has been estimated that over 90 per cent of the total exposure of the population from man-made sources of ionizing radiation comes from the diagnostic use of X-rays. The 43 44 Natural and man-made radiation most important regions of the body in this context are the bone marrow, the colon, the gonads and the fetus.

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