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Measuring exposure to radiation

Sep 3, 2019 ...Exposure to radiation All exposures to ionizing radiation carry a risk of biological damage, although this risk decreases as the exposure decreases. For example, the risk associated with natural background radiation is very small, although elevated levels of naturally occurring radon increase the risk of lung cancer. For workers in certain industries

Sources and types of radiation

Sep 3, 2019 ...About radiation Radiation can be classified as ionizing or non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation has sufficient energy to remove electrons from atoms or molecules. Radiation that has enough energy to move or vibrate atoms, but not enough to remove electrons, is called non-ionizing radiation. On this page: Sources of radiation Ionizing radiation Non-ionizing

Radiation Protection Bureau

Sep 5, 2019 ...Radiation Protection Bureau The Radiation Protection Bureau is responsible for delivering Health Canada’s environmental and occupational radiation protection program. On this page: What we do Radiation Surveillance Division Radiation Health Assessment Division Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response Division National Dosimetry Services Federal

Microwave ovens: Everyday things that emit radiation

Oct 21, 2019 ... at your microwave oven. If there is noticeable damage to the door or door hinges, latches or screen, there may be excessive leakage. Contact the manufacturer, distributor, or a qualified service technician to have the oven professionally inspected. Health Canada's role Health Canada has established a regulation under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act to govern

Health effects of radiation

Sep 3, 2019 ...Health effects of radiation Ionizing radiation Radiation can cause immediate health effects when there is exposure to relatively high doses (greater than 1000 millisieverts) of radiation over a very short period of time. This is known as "acute" exposure. Health effects from acute exposure can include skin redness, hair loss, radiation burns and acute

Compact flourescent lamps: Everyday things that emit radiation

Oct 21, 2019 ...Compact flourescent lamps More and more Canadians are replacing regular incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient products, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). On this page: About compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) Radiation emitted by CFLs Mercury in CFLs Health Risks Safe handling of CFLs How to safely clean up a broken CFL Government

Mammography: Medical radiation

Sep 3, 2019 ... and radiation exposure Minimizing your risk Government of Canada's role More information About mammography Mammography is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to provide a picture of the internal structure of the breast. Mammograms can be done for diagnostic or screening purposes. Your doctor may recommend a diagnostic mammogram if you have a symptom that needs

Medical uses of radiation

Sep 3, 2019 ...Medical radiation Information on the benefits and risks of using radiation to diagnose and treat illness, such as ultrasound, medical X-rays, mammography and medical isotopes. Services and information Ultrasounds Diagnostic ultrasound, 3D ultrasound, fetal ultrasound, safety of ultrasounds, frequency of ultrasound, exposure to ultrasound, what

Wi-Fi equipment: Everyday things that emit radiation

Oct 21, 2019 ...Wi-Fi equipment Wi-Fi is the second most prevalent form of wireless technology in Canada next to cell phones. The technology allows devices such as computers, smart phones, and video game consoles to communicate data wirelessly. Some people are concerned that radiation from Wi-Fi equipment could cause health problems and that children may be at particular

About occupational radiation exposure

Sep 3, 2019 ...About occupational radiation exposure Some Canadian workers may be exposed to radiation in the course of their daily work activities. It is therefore important for workers, especially pregnant women, to limit their exposure to radiation in their workplaces. On this page: Occupational exposure Pathways of exposure Minimizing risk of occupational radiation

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