[ RadSafe ] Prison Term For Illegal Shipment
sjd at swcp.com
Mon Aug 14 21:19:10 CDT 2006
Thank you for your very informative reply.
At 11:45 AM 8/15/06 +1000, you wrote:
>Steven Dapra Q: "Is Ir-192 actually dangerous...?"
>A: Yes. The industrial radiography texts are replete with accidents
>involving such sources, resulting in lost digits, limbs and body
>functions. Additionally, there is the Pennsylvania medical case where a
>therapeutic patient died after having had the
>source left in her. Medical sources of Ir-192 are typcially 10% of the
>activity of their industrial counterparts.
>In the RPT text Basic Radiation Protection Technology (Golnick), there is
>a tragic example in Argentina of a man who put one of these sources in his
>back pocket. He lost both legs, and the lower portion of his trunk is
>horribly disfigured. In this
>instance, I don't think the term "He's lucky to be alive" is apropos.
>BTW, I note that the source is "depleted". However, Ir-192 that is
>depleted beyond industrial usefulness is still quite dangerous.
>And finally, if we're going to have laws, we may as well enforce them,
>otherwise they're useless.
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