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Radioactive sources 

Radioactive sources
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Radioactive sources
Author(s):

C Richardson

, G Workman

, and P Bownes

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199573356.003.0150
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date: 14 October 2019

Radioactive sources can be either naturally occurring, or man-made. The nuclei of these sources are unstable if the number of protons and neutrons in the nuclei is not balanced and the nuclear forces cannot hold the nuclei together. An unstable nucleus will naturally and spontaneously change to achieve a more stable combination. Radioactive decay processes are discussed in ...

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