Gamma Rays

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Gamma Rays are Waves on the electromagnetic Spectrum that have a

Wavelength of 10 or Higher and 11 down. Gamma Rays are produced in labs

through the process of nuclear collision and also through the artificial

Radioactivity that accompanies these interactions. The high energy nuclei

needed for the collisions are accelerated by such devices such as the

Cyclotron and synchrotron.

There are also many uses for Gamma rays in Medicine. Gamma Rays

are used in medicine to kill and treat certain types of cancers and tumors.

Gamma rays passing through the tissue of the body produce ionization in the

tissue. Gamma rays can harm the cells in our body. The rays can also detect

brain and Cardiovascular Abnormalities. These are some of the many uses of

Gamma Rays in Medicine.

Gamma Rays are also Used a great deal in modern day industries.

Gamma Rays can be used to examine metallic castings or welds in oil

pipelines for weak points.

The rays pass through the metal and darken a

photographic film at places opposite weak points. In industry, Gamma rays

are also used for detecting internal defects in metal castings and in welded

structures. Gamma rays are used to kill pesticides and bugs in food. Gamma

rays are also used in nuclear reactors and atomic bombs.

Gamma rays are often used in the food industry. The radioisotopes

preserve foods. Although the rays never come in contact with the food, Beta

radiation kills various organisms such as bacteria, yeast, and insects. Gamma

rays are sometimes used in science. They are used to detect Beryllium. They

also played a very important role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Gamma Rays can be very dangerous to use or be in contact with.

Gamma rays bombard our bodies constantly. They come from the naturally...