[ RadSafe ] A question of semantics

Stabin, Michael michael.g.stabin at Vanderbilt.Edu
Tue Oct 19 12:32:14 CDT 2010

> One of our trainers referred to 'x-radiation'. I understand what he means, but have not seen it called antyhing other than x-rays or 'fluorescent radiation' in my manuals from Cember Knoll, etc.... Is this a legitimate word to use in training?
>Luke McCormick

Good question, I would like to hear from others. I would not say this, but I don't see that it is incorrect in any way. From my time on the Part I panel, I have been convinced that the appropriate usage of "x ray" is like that, space, no hyphen, unless you are using it as an adjective, then "x-ray beam", for example.

One thing I would like to know is above what dose level we should not use Sv and use only Gy, and why that level. I've asked some of the best, and still have no clear explanation.


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