When I was younger and used to go to the dentist, I used to wonder, “What did he know that I didn’t,” when he would leave the room to push the button on the x-ray machine. I mean if this stuff was safe, what was with the heavy metal blanket, and why the hell did he have to leave the room.
Some shocking reporting seems to bear out that I was a pretty savvy kid. According to the website Medicine.News, there is more deadly nuclear radiation being used in most cities that house major hospitals – such as NYC and Boston – from their medical testing devices, than was released from the Fukushima nuclear disaster!
Believe it or not, irradiating equipment that’s used at hospitals and doctors’ offices to sterilize blood and bodily tissue “typically contains about twice as much radioactive material” as what a scientific panel has determined “could disrupt much of the nation’s largest city.”
These devices use cesium. We already know, based on testimony that was given before Congress about “nuclear terrorism” after the 9-11 attacks, that all it would take to contaminate the entire city of Manhattan’s roughly 7,000 acres – is just a couple of teaspoons of radioactive cesium-137. These FDA approved devices use about that much.
There’s already been at least one instance in which a small amount of cesium was spilled in a research facility, which made “much of the building” entirely “unusable” in the months that followed. Should this happen again – or worse, should that cesium get into the hands of a terrorist with the know-how to produce a dirty bomb, then things could get really ugly really fast.
“The cesium used for irradiators is a dry, talc-like material derived from atomic fuel left over from nuclear power production,” reports Los Angeles Times, which interviewed “more than 50 current and former government officials, along with medical industry specialists and other technical experts and examined thousands of pages of state and federal records to study the risk posed by cesium irradiators.”
“The material is particularly feared by experts on radiological threats because its fine particles disperse easily and can migrate through air ducts and bind tightly to porous surfaces, including concrete. The potential danger is long-lasting — Cesium can keep emitting radiation for nearly 300 years.”
According to Leonard Connell, a nuclear expert who’s been issuing warnings since before the 9-11 attacks about how just one of these irradiators has enough cesium inside of it to “create widespread panic over an extremely large area if dispersed by a terrorist.”
Though it may not necessarily kill large numbers of people, this type of dirty bomb could be used as a weapon of “mass destruction” in the sense that it could leave large swaths of land and buildings uninhabitable “for months or even decades,” as well as increase the “long-term cancer risks for people who come in contact with it.”
Do you think the FDA or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, needs to take the threat from nuclear medical testing equipment more seriously? Reply below.