Flashcards in Radioactivity Safety Deck (11):
Why are beta and gamma sources more dangerous than alpha sources outside the body?
They are more dangerous because beta and gamma can get inside to the delicate organs where as Alfie is much less dangerous because it can't penetrate the skin
Why are alpha sources more dangerous than beta and gamma inside the body?
Inside the body alpha sources do all the damage in a very localised area.
Beta and gamma sources or less dangerous inside the body as they can pass straight out without doing much damage
What natural substance can help protect us from exposure to radiation?
Why is lead used to help protect us from exposure to radiation? How do medical professionals use this?
Lead absorbs all three types of radiation. Medical professionals who work with radiation every day wear lead aprons and stay behind late screens
Describe two precautions that should be taken when handling radioactive sources in the lab
•Never look directly at the source
• always handle a source with tongs
• never allow the source to touch the skin
• never have the source out of its lead lined box for longer than necessary
Give one way in which people who work with radiation can be protected from it
Wear lead aprons
Work behind lead/concrete barriers
Explain why the dose of radiation given in radiotherapy is directed only at the tumour
So that the dose to the rest of the body is minimised to reduce damage to healthy cells
Briefly explain how a low dose of nuclear radiation can cause cancer
The radiation can collide with molecules in the bodies cells causing ionisation and damaging the cells. This can result in mutant cells dividing uncontrollably which is cancer
Describe what can happen to the body if it receives a very high dose of nuclear radiation
It can kill cells which causes radiation sickness if a large part of the body is affected
When working with a sample of radioactive gas suggest two ways in which a worker could protect themselves against radiation exposure
• keep exposure time short
• don't allow skin contact with sample
• hold container at arm's-length
• wear protective lead clothing
• put it in a lead container