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Radiation Tidbits - Radiation in Consumer Goods

Written by: Yeung Siu-wai

Talking about radiation, people may immediately think of some high technology facilities, such as X-rays, nuclear power stations, nuclear weapons etc. However, there are consumer goods that give out radiation or make use of radiation. Radiation is also widely applied in some industrial processes.

(1)     The following are examples of consumer goods containing radioactive materials:

Luminous watch and clock Smoke detector Ceramic ware and ornament Cigarette

(2)     Radiation is usefully applied in some industrial processes. Some examples are:

Sterilization of
medical utensils
and cosmetics
Food preservation Quality control

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Last revision date: <19 Dec 2012>