Be PROTECTED from the DANGERS of RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS


Nov 15, 2016

Be PROTECTED from the DANGERS of RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS

 

Radiopharmaceuticals are unique medicinal formulations containing radioisotopes which are used in major clinical areas for diagnosis and/or therapy. They emit radiation during its decay to a stable form.

Applications

Radioisotopes

The characteristic of radioactive decay is what makes radioisotopes useful in different medical applications. Some of the applications are:

  • To treat medical conditions
  • To diagnose pathology
  • To visualize and measure physiological functions
  • To visualize localize structures and pathways

 

 

Radiation Risks

Even though radiopharmaceuticals are clinically useful; its use may pose some risks such as:

  1. Can damage normal tissue and organs
  2. High doses can cause illness and death
  3. Can cause mutations in DNA
  4. Contamination of large areas poses clean-up difficulty
  5. Disposal of waste is difficult
  6. Storage and transportation are both problematic

 

Biohazards

 

How do we protect ourselves from radiation risks and exposure?

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