[ RadSafe ] NRC Says Indian Point, Other Radioactive Leaks Led to Mistrust

stewart farber radproject at sbcglobal.net
Sun Oct 8 22:51:38 CDT 2006

Hi all,
Before dismissing the quote out of hand, bear in mind we really don't know 
for sure what is being referrred to.

If by "x-ray equipment" the article is making reference to a linear 
accelerator [linac] used in radiation oncology [and not just a simple x-ray 
unit used for diagnostic purposes], these linac units can put out a steady 
beam of photons in multiple energies of from 6MV to 18MV or more [as well as 
electrons in multiple energies up to 20 MeV or more]. Linacs can be used to 
irradiate target materials which can make radioactive isotopes which could 
theoretically be used for illicit purposes.  Just a thought which should be 

Hospitals and therapy centers often upgrade their installed linacs and the 
older units are deinstalled and sold in the US and abroad.

Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
The Prometheus Group, LLC
[203] 367-0791 [office]
email: radproject at sbcglobal.net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <BLHamrick at aol.com>
To: <sandyfl at earthlink.net>; <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] NRC Says Indian Point,Other Radioactive Leaks Led 
to Mistrust

> My favorite part of the RDD nonsense written is the excerpt below.
> Ummm...good luck with finding radioactive material in the x-ray equipment.
> Barbara
> In a message dated 10/8/2006 6:20:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> sandyfl at earthlink.net writes:
> Scientists responsible for analysing the seizures have given warning
> that traffickers are turning to hospital X-ray equipment and
> laboratory supplies as an illicit source of radioactive material.
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