The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Radiation Risks and Shielding Protection

Radiation is defined as electromagnetic waves or highly charged particles that cause ionization. Radiologists and radiologic technologists work with radiation every day to help treat cancer patients, perform x-rays and conduct MRIs.

Radiation is a necessary part of the medical image and oncology industries, but needs to be handled with care.

High doses of radiation can be dangerous to our health, but some parts of the body are more susceptible than others. For those that work with radiation on a regular basis, it’s important to know how to best shield yourself from the negative effects of radiation as well as what factors put you at an elevated risk.

  • Know Your Risk Areas

Radiation in high doses can be dangerous no matter what, but some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. The most sensitive parts of the human body are the lymphoid organs, bone marrow, blood, testes, ovaries and intestines, according to the Collaboration for Nondestructive Testing[1].

Other areas that have fairly high radio sensitivity are the skin and organs with epithelial cell lining such as the cornea, mouth, esophagus and bladder. Parts of the body that are moderately sensitive to radiation include the optic lens and growing cartilage and bones.

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  • Be Aware of Pre-Existing Conditions

In addition to parts of the body that are more susceptible, certain pre-existing conditions can cause a higher sensitivity to radiation. For example, those who suffer from gastrointestinal tract disorders or diseases are more sensitive to radiation because the lining of their GI tract is damaged[2].

Other conditions that make the body more prone to the negative effects of radiation are deficiencies that affect one’s blood-forming system like anemia or leukemia. The ability to produce blood cells is a critical and sensitive system in the human body.

Growing cartilage and bones also top the list in terms of radio sensitivity because radiation can stunt or deform cell growth. This puts pregnant women and children at a higher risk.

  • Personalize Your Protection

Keeping this information in mind is important for those who work with radiation on a regular basis, but also for those who are only occasionally exposed. For radiologists and radiologic technologists, it’s important to not only have knowledge of the effects of radiation, but to have the proper protection as well.

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[1] https://www.nde-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/RadiationSafety/theory/radiosensitivity.htm

[2] https://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q11154.html#