BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF RADIATION

BACKGROUND

Ever since the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895 and the discovery of natural radiation by Henri Becquerel in 1896, man has been attempting to utilize the beneficial properties of radiation without suffering any adverse biological consequences. As early as 1898, scientists realized that it was essential to learn more about radiation effects on living cells. X-rays and radioactive isotopes already were being used widely in medicine and research and many individuals were receiving damaging exposures. In order to intelligently utilize nuclear energy, it became necessary to understand how and when radiation could be a hazard to human health.

X-ray Schools | X-ray and Radiation Safety
For Informational Purposes Only - Based On US Army Radiation Safety Training