[ RadSafe ] Fatalities due to Internal Radioactive Material

Muckerheide, Jim (CDA) Jim.Muckerheide at state.ma.us
Mon Nov 27 15:59:18 CST 2006


There were acute dial painter cases before brush 'tipping' had been
stopped, with subsequent attention going to long-term effects, including
bone necrosis and other conditions besides bone cancer.  Of course, Eben
Byers death in 1932 at age 54 after excessive use of Radithor (3-4
vials/day with 1 uCi Ra-226 and 1 uCi Ra-228 in each vial, for 3 years.
Or is that chronic? :-).

Regards, Jim Muckerheide

>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On Behalf Of Elsa nimmo
>Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 2:57 PM
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>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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