Radiation - Canadian Nuclear Association


Radiation occurs naturally from many sources and is all around us. Need Proof?

1) Everything from the food we eat, the people around us, airline travel, medical procedures and dental X-rays expose us to small doses of radiation. (United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)

2) More than half of the radiation we receive is from natural sources and less than 0.1% is from nuclear power. That is about 100 times less than the food we eat. (World Nuclear Association.)

3) Radiation is found everywhere in the universe, coming from rocks, the sun and the stars. (NASA.)

Radiation has multiple beneficial uses, including food safety, disease diagnosis and treatment, and safety testing. Need Proof?

1) Radiation plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions including cancer and strokes. (RadiologyInfo.org.)

2) Thanks to gamma irradiation we can keep consumer products like food and cosmetics sterile. (Sterigenics.)

3) Radiation technology is used by the airline industry to inspect aircraft turbine blades for defects. (NRAY Services.)

Radiation can help to address issues of disease and food insecurity. Need Proof?

1) The sterile insect technique (SIT) which involves using a small amount of radiation to make male mosquitos sterile is being used to help fight the ZIKA Virus. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)

2) Radiation induced mutation, mutation detection and pre-breeding techniques have allowed scientists to make crops more resistant to insects and pests, thereby helping fight food security and supply issues. For example, this is helping farmers in Peru produce more bountiful harvests. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)

3) Radiation is helping to address a deadly bovine disease in livestock. Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is similar to foot and mouth disease, with mortality rates as high as 40%. Nuclear techniques can quickly and accurately detect the virus thereby preventing its spread. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)