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Evolution of Radiation Protection
A look at the evolution of radiation protection in healthcare settings.
# 145477 | 2,030 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Medical and Health (General)

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The paper provides a review of the literature on the evolution of radiation protection in both dental radiography and fluoroscopy. The paper discusses the early days, when physicians had no knowledge of the effects of radiation on the human body and therefore took inadequate radiation protection measures. The paper then describes the injuries that both physicians and patients can incur as a result of overexposure to radioactive substances in healthcare settings and looks at what measures have been taken in an effort to prevent these injuries and ensure safe radiation protection. The paper clearly shows how higher levels of exposure to radiation can have life-threatening implications, and governmental regulatory agencies have taken radiation protection for healthcare workers very seriously. This paper contains photos and tables.

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"Indeed, radioactive materials have become commonplace throughout American society today, but many people may not realize the full extent to which these potentially dangerous substances are used. In this regard, Yard (1996) reports that, "Although radiation is often conceptually associated with war, nuclear weapons, or contamination of the environment, in actuality radioactive materials are used every day at construction sites and paper companies, and particularly in medical offices and hospitals" (p. 6). Although the epidemiological studies of patients exposed to radiation in various medical treatments were inconclusive by the 1970s, researchers had developed a more fine-tuned sense of the dangers involved in exposure to these sources of radiation (Walker, 2000). In fact, even more recent studies have remained inconclusive, particularly regarding the effects of lower levels of radiation exposure."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Comar, C. L. (1955). Radioisotopes in biology and agriculture: Principles and practice. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • De Brouwer, C. & Lagasse, R. (2001). The risk linked to ionizing radiation: An alternative epidemiologic approach. Environmental Health Perspectives, 109(9), 877-878.
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  • Kalinowski, M. B. (2004). International control of tritium for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Boca Raton, FL: Routledge.
  • Knapp, A., Byrns, G. & Suleiman, O. (1994). The IHS diagnostic X-ray equipment radiation protection program. Journal of Environmental Health, 56(9), 7.

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