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Ionizing radiation ionizing radiationradiation with so much energy it can knock electrons out of atoms ionizing radiation can affect the atoms in living things so it poses a health risk by damaging tissue and dna in genes has sufficient energy to affect the atoms in living cells and thereby a copy of the radiation and health brochure is available in adobe portable document format pdf 174mb 24pgs today radiation is a common and valuable tool in medicine research and industry it is used in medicine to diagnose illnesses and in high doses to treat diseases such as cancer also radiation is energy that comes from a source and travels through space at the speed of light this energy has an electric field and a magnetic field associated with it and has wave like properties you could also call radiation electromagnetic waves this radiation is characterized in two more than 100 years ago scientists discovered that many elements commonly found on earth occur in different configurations at the most basic levelthese various configurations called isotopes have identical chemical properties but different physical propertiesin particular some isotopes known as radioisotopes are radioactive meaning that they emit energy in several different formsthe specialty of the radiation and health is aimed at the scientific community and policy makers interested in health effects caused by radiation exposures the aim of the radiation and health is to provide a comprehensive view of health policies and of the science on which the health policy decisions are made

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