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Subject: Re: X-Radiation / Safety

Date: 12/02/02 at 9:02 PM
Posted by: Chris
E-mail: jswollen@yahoo.com
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In Reply to: X-Radiation / Safety posted by Scott Cargill on 12/01/02 at 1:09 AM:

I have known a few X-ray techs that have nuked their dosimetry badges in the course of a month, but none that have suffered any direct tracable effects. I work around small X-ray fluoroscopes all day and have yet to glow in the dark at night..(75 KV max and .100 mA max)My main concern,(and I'm not trying to start any irresponsible rumors,) is what I have seen in some of the children of people that have worked in the industry a long time. I know several couples that have had children with learning disabilities and the only thing they have had in common was that they were long timers in radiology. Granted most of these people have probably smoked a joint or two in their lifetime or commited any other number of irresponsible acts, but the correlation is a little scary. As far as I know, no studies exist on very long term effects of cumulative dose that I know of, and particularly secondary effects, meaning if you stay within the occupational dose limits of the NRC for years and years, what happens to you or your offspring. There is not a lot of motivation to put out such a study, but I would be interested if anyone knows of such a study.Great message thread by the way, Im sure we could all go on for hours.

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