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RSOtoGO is a Radiation Safety &
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RSOtoGO provides a broad range of radiation safety and health physics services to both the industrial and medical settings. To assist clientele adherence with regulatory standards, RSOtoGO offers services ranging from radiation safety training classes to on-site Radiation Safety Officers. RSOtoGO’s radiation protection and safety training programs are designed to provide customers with total radiation safety support to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations.

Our comprehensive knowledge, diverse radiation safety services and commitment to innovative resolutions have enabled us to build lasting relationships with a broad base of customers. Our radiation safety services are managed by Dr. William Thompson, a health physicist with over 25 years of experience in the Radiation Safety Industry.

Radiation Facts

Learn the truth about radiation.
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At The Source

Radiation down to the source.
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Industrial Radioactive Materials Imaging

Tools of the trade for material radiography Will the radiation effect you?
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The Brain

How radiation effects the brain.
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Radiation Safety Services

RSO to GO is a leader in radiation safety and radiological health consulting. RSO to Go's goal has been to serve customers with cost-effective solutions, in order to keep people safe and their business within the rigorous compliance regulations.

Bill's love of radiation trivia caused us to add radiation fun facts

 

Radiation Fun Fact #01

Nuclear fission is the main process generating nuclear energy. Radioactive decay of both fission products and transuranic elements formed in a reactor yield heat even after fission has ceased.Wikipedia
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #02

Radiation may be defined as energy in transit in the form of high-speed particles and electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic radiation is very common in our everyday lives in the form visible light, radio and television waves, and microwaves. Radiation is divided into two categories - ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. NASA
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #03

Space radiation consists primarily of ionizing radiation which exists in the form of high-energy, charged particles. There are three naturally occurring sources of space radiation: trapped radiation, galactic cosmic radiation (GCR), and solar particle events (SPE). NASA
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #04

What are x-rays and what do they do?: X-rays are forms of radiant energy, like light or radio waves. Unlike light, x-rays can penetrate the body, which allows a radiologist to produce pictures of internal structures. The radiologist can view these on photographic film or on a TV or computer monitor. RadiologyInfo.org
 
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #05

Radiation doesn't recognize borders. A meltdown in Japan or India, say, is a danger to the whole world. Wind circulates the radiation everywhere. Water quality is affected. We all eat the same fish. We use products from all over the world - if something is contaminated, it will cause harm. Wladimir Klitschko
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #06

A handful of raw uranium ore actually only has about as much radiation as 10 bananas. MedicalRadiation.com
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #7

The source of this energy is the sun's radiation.Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #08

Many people who did not die right away came down with nausea, headache, diarrhea, malaise, and fever, which lasted several days. Doctors could not be certain whether some of these symptoms were the result of radiation or nervous shock.John Hersey
 
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #09

All the American flags placed on the moon are now white due to radiation from the sun. Lunar Scientist Paul Spudis
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #10

Because of the amount of granite used in its construction, Grand Central Station of the New York City produces more radiation than what is allowable at a nuclear power plant. World Nuclear Association
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #11

In the 1950s, there was a toy called the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory that came equipped with low-level radiation sources and four Uranium-bearing ore samples. It sold for $49.50.Wikipedia
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #12

Flight crews (pilots, flight attendants, etc.) are classified as radiation workers and some are exposed to more radiation annually than nuclear plant workers. NASA
 
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #13

Smokers receive a radiation dose equivalent to about 300 chest x-rays annually due to the radioactive isotope Polonium-210 contained in tobacco smoke that comes from the ingredients of the fertilizers that are used in farming tobacco. Cancer Research UK
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #14

Crew in an underway nuclear submarine are actually exposed to less radiation than the average person on land, due to reduced background radiation and the shielding effect of the water while being submerged. EPA
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #15

On December 27, 2004, Earth was hit by the largest blast of radiation in recorded history. It came from a “giant flare” on a magnetar 50,000 light-years away. NASA
 
 

Radiation Fun Fact #16

Outside the protective cocoon of the Earth’s atmosphere is a universe full of radiation – it is all around us. NASA
 
 
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“The radiation left over from the Big Bang is the same as that in your microwave oven but very much less powerful. It would heat your pizza only to minus 271.3*C - not much good for defrosting the pizza, let alone cooking it.
- Stephen Hawking

Measuring Radiation Dosage

Because different tissues and organs have varying sensitivity to radiation exposure, the actual radiation risk to different parts of the body from an x-ray procedure varies. The term effective dose is used when referring to the radiation risk averaged over the entire body.

Measuring Radiation Dosage

The scientific unit of measurement for radiation dose, commonly referred to as effective dose, is the millisievert (mSv). Other radiation dose measurement units include rad, rem, roentgen, sievert, and gray.

Measuring Radiation Dosage

The effective dose accounts for the relative sensitivities of the different tissues exposed. More importantly, it allows for quantification of risk and comparison to more familiar sources of exposure that range from natural background radiation to radiographic medical procedures.

Non-Ionizing Radiation

Non-iodizing radiation is low-energy radiation that includes radiation from sources such as sunlight, microwaves, radio frequencies, radar and sonar.

Ionizing Radiation

Ionizing radiation contains enough energy to remove an electron (ionize) from an atom or molecule and to damage DNA in cells.

Types of Radiation

Alpha particles can travel only a few inches in the air and lose their energy almost as soon as they collide with anything. They are easily shielded by a sheet of paper or the outer layer of a person's skin. Alpha particles are hazardous only when they are inhaled or swallowed.

Types of Radiation

Beta particles can travel in the air for a distance of a few feet. Beta particles can pass through a sheet of paper but can be stopped by a sheet of aluminum foil or glass. Beta particles can damage skin, but are most hazardous when swallowed or inhaled.

Types of Radiation

Gamma rays are waves of pure energy and are similar to x-rays. They travel at the speed of light through air or open spaces. Concrete, lead, or steel must be used to block gamma rays. Gamma rays can present an extreme external hazard.

Types of Radiation

Neutrons are small particles that have no electrical charge. They can travel long distances in air and are released during nuclear fission. Water or concrete offer the best shielding against neutrons. Like gamma rays, neutrons can present an extreme external hazard.

What is Radiation?

Radiation is a form of energy. The radiation of concern here is called ionizing radiation. Atoms release radiation as they change from unstable, energized forms to more stable forms.