United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment


Exposure to ionizing radiation. Irradiation may be intentional, such as in cancer treatments or in sterilizing medical instruments. Irradiation may also be accidental, such as being exposed to an unshielded source. Irradiation does not usually result in radioactive contamination, but damage can occur, depending on the dose received.

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