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Nuclear Medicine Joanna R. Mosk Argosy University on line SCI215- Contemporary Applications of the Sciences Module 4, Assignment 2 Karen Olivero
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Being told that you need to have a medical test done is scary enough to hear. Being told that the procedure is going to be a nuclear test is more than enough to get you to stop and think, what kind of super powers could I get from this? Low doses of radiation? Gamma rays? As in Dr. Bruce Banner, the Hulk? No thank you. I have learned a ton while researching this subject and it really is not as scary as the comics and movies make it out to be. We are exposed to low levels of radiation everyday either from natural radiation that comes from space in the form of cosmic and solar or terrestrial radiation from the Earth Herself such as radon and building materials such as; sandstone, concrete, brick, natural stone, gypsum and granite( ) As far as I know, no one has gotten super powers from this exposer. The man-made radiation that we are exposed to comes from the use of medical diagnostic exams. The very basic being x-rays. The typical radiation that is used in Nuclear Medicine is “ionizing radiation” which is a form of energy that acts by removing electrons from atoms and molecules of materials that include air, water, and living tissue. It is a higher energy form of radiation and the “ionizing” activity can alter molecules within the cells of our body( ) How does this radiation get into us in order to do its job, you ask. Patients are given a small amount of a radioisotope either orally or by injection. The
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