X-Ray, Gamma, and Beta Radiation Dosimeters

X-Ray, Gamma, and Beta Radiation Dosimeters

X-Ray, Gamma, and Beta Radiation Dosimeters for Medical Personnel

Radiation exposure comes in various forms, including X-rays, gamma rays, and beta particles. Dosimeters used by medical professionals measure multiple types of ionizing radiation while keeping medical personnel safe. The dosimeters monitor exposure rates and are sent to the lab. Our lob reads the dosimeter badges and issues a report within 2-3 business days. As a healthcare worker, you should be aware of the dangers. Understanding the basics and some good practices in the office can help protect you.

Our bodies are like sponges when it comes to radiation. X-ray radiation is absorbed in our bodies and can harm our health. For example, x-ray radiation can damage DNA structures. Over time, radiation exposure can lead to hair loss, organ failure, and cancer.

Beta and gamma exposure can also harm our bodies. Beta radiation is emitted by radioactive materials such as cobalt60, cesium 137, and strontium 90. This type of radiation damaX-Ray, Gamma, and Beta Radiation Dosimetersges DNA and can lead to cancer. Gamma radiation is emitted by high-energy photons, such as those produced by a nuclear reactor. Gamma radiation can also damage DNA and also lead to cancer.

Practicing safe protocols is critical when working around radiation with ALARA.

ALARA – As Low As Reasonably Achievable

Time- How much time do you spend around the radioactive source?

Distance- How close are you to the radioactive source?
Shielding-Do you have a shield between yourself and the radiation source?
For more information, contact the CDC or talk with your radiation safety officer (RSO).
Always ensure you are badged with Radiation Safety’s OSL XBG dosimeter badge.

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