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Subject: Xray Safety Issues and a couple of general questions

Date: 07/29/02 at 7:27 PM
Posted by: Peter Wallace
E-mail: pwallace@rmh.org
Message Posted:

I'm interested in persuing xray generation as a hobby but I have some concerns about safety issues. I am exceedingly new at this so please excuse my ignorance :) Here are a few specific question...

I'm presuming that xrays generated by tubes with higher power ratings are going to produce more intense xrays and therefore presumably xrays with a higher penetrating power. I'm presuming that these would therefore be more dangerous and require more shielding?

How does one measure quantitatively the intensity of xrays produced by a xray tube? What units would this be measured in?

What kind of exposure (quantitatively speaking) is considered dangerous over time? (or safe over time?) For comparison what kind of exposure would I get with a typical medical xray?

Once you know how intense your xray source is how do you determine the amount of shielding needed?

I see references to "soft" xrays a lot which I presume are just low intensity xrays. Are these dangerous or will I just get a sun burn? :)

P.S. Off topic but I'm also curious about the role of Beryllium in xray tubes?

Thanks in advance for any assistance...

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