[ RadSafe ] Industrial x-ray radiography systems

Simpson, Daniel S. (GSFC-3600) daniel.s.simpson at nasa.gov
Thu Apr 5 14:33:53 CDT 2018

Of course one has to take into consideration that a X-Ray Tube must have a Power Source which presents some restrictions on it use to be “destructive” as a WMD unlike a radioactive source that can present both a radiation intensity and radiation contamination hazard.

Daniel S. Simpson
GSFC's Radiation Safety Officer
Head, Radiation Protection Office
Safety Division, Code 360
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD  20771
(301) 286-0280
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Industrial x-ray radiography systems

The Federal Court for the Norther District of New York has determined that industrial x-ray tubes meet the definition of weapons of mass destruction (See US v. Crawford, 2015). Yet in every state of which I am aware these devices can be obtained by anyone merely by filing a registration.  No background check or licensing documents required.  These x-ray tubes are WMDs right out of the box ready to be used to attack unsuspecting Americans. Meanwhile radioactive sources would take considerable engineering before they could be converted to nefarious purposes.  Considered in view of the heightened security  required for possession of radioactive materials that MAY be used to construct a WMD the regulatory regime for x-ray devices that ARE WMDs seems pathetically inadequate.

Anyone, preferably from the CRCPD care to weight in on this?

Clayton J. Bradt

​Principal Radiophysicist (ret.)​

"No one is ever silenced for being wrong."


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