What are some examples of radiation in everyday life?

Radiation Examples

  • ultraviolet light from the sun.
  • heat from a stove burner.
  • visible light from a candle.
  • x-rays from an x-ray machine.
  • alpha particles emitted from the radioactive decay of uranium.
  • sound waves from your stereo.
  • microwaves from a microwave oven.
  • electromagnetic radiation from your cell phone.

What are 3 uses of radiation in medicine?

For example, technetium-99m is used to diagnose bone, heart or other organ problems. Radioactive iodine is used in imaging the thyroid gland. For therapy, radioactive materials are used to kill cancerous tissue, shrink a tumor or reduce pain. There are three main types of therapy in nuclear medicine.

What is the most common form of radiation used?

The three most common types of radiation are alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays.

  • Alpha radiation is not able to penetrate skin.
  • Alpha-emitting materials can be harmful to humans if the materials are inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through open wounds.

What are common sources of radiation?

Average U.S. Doses and Sources

  • The radioactive gases radon and thoron, which are created when other naturally occurring elements undergo radioactive decay.
  • Space (cosmic radiation).
  • Naturally occurring radioactive minerals: Internal (in your body). Terrestrial (in the ground).

What are the five sources of radiation?

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  • Natural background radiation. Cosmic radiation. Terrestrial radiation. Inhalation. Ingestion.
  • Artificial sources of radiation. Atmospheric testing. Medical sources. Industrial sources. Nuclear fuel cycle.

What are the 3 main sources of radiation?

Natural background radiation comes from the following three sources:

  • Cosmic Radiation.
  • Terrestrial Radiation.
  • Internal Radiation.

What are the 6 Sources of radiation?

Radiation Sources in a House

  • Americium in Ionization Smoke Detectors.
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation Used in Microwave Ovens.
  • Natural Radionuclides in Private Wells.
  • Natural Radionuclides in Public Drinking Water.
  • Radon in Homes, Schools and Buildings.

What are 4 uses of radioactive isotopes?

Used in cancer treatment, food irradiation, gauges, and radiography.

What are 2 uses for radioactive tracers?

A radioactive tracer can also be used to track the distribution of a substance within a natural system such as a cell or tissue, or as a flow tracer to track fluid flow. Radioactive tracers are also used to determine the location of fractures created by hydraulic fracturing in natural gas production.