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i have been working as a gamma rays scanner for the last 9 months, i work on it for a total of 4-6 hrs per day, i am worried if i am prone to cancer due to working on gamma rays scanner. pl. advice.
Asked On : Wed, 6 Jan 2010
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Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine 's  Response
To begin with i would like to tell you that even i work in nuclear medicine, about 8 hours a day for the past 5 years. I am doing just fine. :). I known people who worked for over 40 years.

Coming to scientific explanation, you are exposed to radiation because of your occupation. (Occupational radiation exposure). You must be provided with TLD badge, which is changed every 3 months. You must also be taught the safe handling of radioactivity.
If all the safety precautions are followed, people exposed to radiation during their occupation, dont have increased risk of cancer compared to others.

You must also remember that almost everyone in this world is exposed to radiation (natural background radiation) which is in the scale of 3-5 mSv. Because of your occupation, you might receive an additional 1 to 1.5 mSv per year which is not dangerous.
Answered: Mon, 16 Apr 2012
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Oncologist, Radiation Dr. Rushi Panchal's  Response
you have to wear TLD batch to measure exposure, this has to be measured every three month as Per AERB Rule, radioprotection rules have to be followed while on duty,
though there is always chance of you to have cancer but it will be within acceptable limit provided you follows radioprotection rules.
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  Anonymous's Response

Hi.. The answer would be yes.. You are exposed to the radiation and there are chances of cancer.. The only way of protection is to use all the preventive body care provided and to have a regular check up to look for symptoms of cancer.. 

Answered: Wed, 6 Jan 2010
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