[ RadSafe ] Request for Assistance

Jeremy Nicoll jeremy.nicoll at otago.ac.nz
Tue Jul 2 23:30:33 CDT 2013

None of the unsealed stuff would last.long enough.
There were a lot of old radium RT sources around which were used for constancy checks on dose calibrators and things like that.  They weren't ideal but were free and difficult to get rid of.  Equally there would be Cs-137 seeds around (ex RT and used for the same things). I understand the the US ones were just salt crystals hammered into a welded stainless can. Of course robbing an industrial radiographer would get you a bigger Cs-137 source and would probably be an easier exercise. If you wanted a large cobalt source you would go to a RT dept but you wouldn't find one in a new dept in 1983.
If you believe the newspapers at the moment any nuclear terrorism would be completely concealed by the Ministry of Defence burying radioactive airplanes of which they seem to have had a large supply.

Actually getting the Co-60 from a teletherapy RT in the old hospital that our new one replaced would seem more feasible. (Like the incident in Brazil). It would need to be done by fraud/ corruption, we would never have left such a unit in an empty building. The people breaking such a source up wouldn't want to make any long term plans.
I can't help feeling asbestos would have raised more panic in 83.
Good luck
From: Otto G. Raabe
Sent: 3/07/2013 11:26 a.m.
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Request for Assistance

>July 2,  2013

My questions is what radionuclides would the Nuclear Medicine Department
in a British hospital in 1983 that would be suitable for
contaminating a deactivated
air base so the USAF cannot deploy a new nuclear missile weapon system there?


Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
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