A member asked:

Please share an interesting fact about nuclear or radioactive releases.

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

More: More lives are lost due to over-reaction than to the actual radiation damage.

Answered 10/19/2016


Dr. Paul Garrett answered

Specializes in Radiology

Sodium Iodide pills: In the 1950s and sixties, iodine pills were kept in bomb shelters and taken to reduce uptake of radioactive iodine (I131) which is found in nuclear bombs and releases from power plants. This prophylaxis is still valid. See: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/i-131

Answered 1/14/2016


Dr. Leonard Stein answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Sun radiates light: In Medicine a radioactive nuclide placed in body radiates electrons, XRAYS or positrons that can be detected by special cameras & help make diagnosis of a cancer or metastases &give info about location. Thyroid size& shape can be imaged w nuclide Technicium-99m. If tumor found, Iodine-131 can be used to destroy the cancer.

Answered 1/17/2016



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