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Does radiation therapy make me radioactive?

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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally NO

Most people are treated with external radiation.
This leaves no residual radiation in the body, it's like having an x-ray. Once the machine is off, there is no more radiation. Some people are treated with permanent radioactive implants. These then stay in the body and give off radiation for a while. You wouldn't be radioactive, but radiation could be detected coming from you for a while.

In brief: Generally NO

Most people are treated with external radiation.
This leaves no residual radiation in the body, it's like having an x-ray. Once the machine is off, there is no more radiation. Some people are treated with permanent radioactive implants. These then stay in the body and give off radiation for a while. You wouldn't be radioactive, but radiation could be detected coming from you for a while.
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes/no

Most commonly used radiation is external beam radiation.
This is a high energy x-ray or protons typically and this does not make you radioactive. Sometimes we plant radioactive seeds inside the patient or inject radioactive substance or pills are taken orally. This form of radiation can make one radioactive for a short period of time.

In brief: Yes/no

Most commonly used radiation is external beam radiation.
This is a high energy x-ray or protons typically and this does not make you radioactive. Sometimes we plant radioactive seeds inside the patient or inject radioactive substance or pills are taken orally. This form of radiation can make one radioactive for a short period of time.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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Dr. Uma Swamy
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Generally Not

Assuming you mean external beam radiation therapy, there is no safety concerns for radioactivity.

In brief: Generally Not

Assuming you mean external beam radiation therapy, there is no safety concerns for radioactivity.
Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy
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