Incidence Of Radiation Accidents

The most recognized and comprehensive record of radiation accidents is the registry maintained by an asset of the US Department of Energy, the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REACTS). Since the inception of the registry in 1944, 403 radiation accidents have been recorded worldwide with victims totaling 133,617 individuals; 2965 with significant exposure and 120 fatalities ( TableJ.99.-1). The 1986 Chernobyl accident accounts for 116,500 individuals and 28 acute fatalities. The most frequent radiation accident is one of high-dose local exposure, usually to the hands, from a radiation device. The majority of these accidents have occurred in the industrial setting with inadvertent exposure from radiation devices used in radiography to verify integrity of metals such a pipe welds. 1

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