Radiation Source
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A radioactive material or byproduct that is specifically manufactured or obtained for the purpose of using the emitted radiation. Such sources are commonly used in teletherapy or industrial radiography; in various types of industrial gauges, irradiators, and gamma knives; and as power sources for batteries (such as those used in spacecraft). These sources usually consist of a known quantity of radioactive material, which is encased in a manmade capsule, sealed between layers of nonradioactive material, or firmly bonded to a nonradioactive substrate to prevent radiation leakage. Other radiation sources include devices such as accelerators and x-ray generators.

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Graduate School
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    Usually a manmade sealed source of radiation used in teletherapy, radiography, as a power source for batteries, calibration, or in various industrial gauges. Machines such as accelerators, radioisotope generators, and natural radionuclides may be considered sources.

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    -11.2

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    Graduate School
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    Usually a manmade-sealed ounce of radiation used in teletherapy, radiography, as a power source for batteries, or in various types of industrial gauges.  Machines such as accelerators and radioisotope generators and natural radionuclides may be considered sources.

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    0.5

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    Graduate School
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