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How to Minimize Exposure to Radiation

All of us are exposed to radiation. There is a constant supply of radiation, mostly from minerals in the environment around us.

Only a very small percentage of the population is exposed to radiation levels. However, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Understanding the radiation protection concepts of time, distance, and shielding is an excellent way to prepare yourself. Using these principles to protect ourselves and our families if much radioactive material is released into the air and the water is possible.

Distance, Time, and Protective Measures

As with sunburn prevention, reducing your radiation exposure may be accomplished via factors such as distance, time, and shielding.

Reduce The Time

The dose to the worker is lowered in direct proportion to the amount of time the worker is exposed to a radiation source. To reduce the amount of radiation you are exposed to, it is essential to spend as little time as possible near the source of radiation. If feasible, interview a patient undergoing nuclear medicine before the delivery of medication rather than after.

Increase The Distance

Increase the distance between you and the source of radiation as necessary (e.g., sealed source, x-ray tube). The inverse square of the distance squared is the inverse of the exposure rate from a source of radiation. 

Radiation Shielding Property

Use exposure control, suitable radiation shielding, automated interlock mechanisms, and radiation monitoring equipment are used to protect workers. There are several exceptions, such as the concrete walls adjacent to a radiation oncology accelerator, temporary or portable shields, protective curtains, or lead or lead equivalent aprons. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions while using portable x-ray machines.

When it comes to preventing exposure to radiation, the most common methods include: limiting exposure time, maintaining distance from the source, and, if necessary, shielding yourself from the source and using proper protective clothing. • Using proper clothing to protect yourself from radiation leaks

Emergency Situations Involving Radiation

In the event of a large-scale radioactive leak, such as a nuclear power plant disaster or a terrorist attack, the following advice has been proven to be the best way to protect yourself and your family.

There are steps you can take to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, and your pets in the event of a radiation emergency. You must enter, remain inside, and keep an eye on the situation. Always heed the advice of first responders and other authorities.

 

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