17 - RADIATION

This episode we are talking Radiation. Part of living on Earth is that we are all exposed to low levels of Radiation. We are made of it, we emit it, we exist in it. It can cause disease, it can help us to diagnose disease, and it can be used to treat disease. So, what is it? How much is too much? What is background Radiation? Join us as we take a trip back to 1903 in Paris, to tell the story of Marie Curie, physicist, chemist and pioneering researcher of Radiation. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and she also coined the term “Radioactivity”. We dig into the science of Radiation and also explore the paradox of Radiation within medicine.


SHOW NOTES

SCIENTIFIC REFERENCES

  • Smith-Bindman R, Lipson J, Marcus R, Kim KP, Mahesh M, Gould R, de González AB, Miglioretti DL. Radiation dose associated with common computed tomography examinations and the associated lifetime attributable risk of cancer. Archives of internal medicine. 2009 Dec 14;169(22):2078-86.

  • Sources and Effects of Ionizing Radiation: United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation" UNSCEAR 2008 Report to the general assembly. UN, NY 2011

INTERVIEWS

  • Sean Nordt (2016, March). Personal Interview

  • Seamus O’Hara (2016, March) Personal Interview

SOUND CLIPS

OTHER REFERENCES

RADIOACTIVITY LIVE! In this short movie, you can watch radioactivity in action thanks to a cloud chamber, a plastic box cooled to –30 °C and filled with isopropyl alcohol vapor. Watch Here  

RADIOACTIVITY LIVE! In this short movie, you can watch radioactivity in action thanks to a cloud chamber, a plastic box cooled to –30 °C and filled with isopropyl alcohol vapor. Watch Here