In Reply to: Re: X-Radiation / Safety posted by Scott Cargill on 12/01/02 at 12:36 PM:
Thanks so much for your reply!
In those three incidents that you mentioned, those were GROSS errors and with very intense radiation sources. The kind of "hobby" X-raying we speak of here is usually done with very small
X-ray generators. In many cases the hobbyist will use an old radio or television tube to produce very weak, broad-spectrum X-radiation. The more sophisticated hobbyists (and the one's who could afford it)
will aquire a dental or a small medical X-ray machine for doing experiments. There is more danger of getting electrocuted than being injured from X-ray exposure! X-raying small objects, flowers, sea shells, etc.,
can be a very satisfying and interesting hobby. What gets me is, anyone can purchase a VERY dangerous power tool, such as a circular saw (which can easily cut off a limb) in any hardware store. Why are dangerous
tools like that legal to possess, but most types of radiation-generating equipment are not (unless you are licensed)?!!! Something to think about!