[ RadSafe ] Fatalities due to Internal Radioactive Material

John R Johnson idias at interchange.ubc.ca
Mon Nov 27 14:25:33 CST 2006


There is a case of a tritium intake that resulted in death. I don't have the
reference, but its in a book called tritium and I think it happened in

John R Johnson, Ph.D.
President, IDIAS, Inc
4535 West 9-Th Ave
Vancouver B. C.
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(604) 222-9840
idias at interchange.ubc.ca

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From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl]On
Behalf Of Elsa nimmo
Sent: November 27, 2006 11:57 AM
To: radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Fatalities due to Internal Radioactive Material

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the response!  My question was really one of curiosity.  We
all know about cases of chronic doses due to ingested material (dial
painters), but I couldn't think of fatalities due to acute dose of
radiation from unsealed internal emitters (in absence of large dose from
an external source).

But yes, there was that terrible case with the teletherapy source in
Goiania, Brazil.


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