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© Boardworks Ltd of 30 Exposure to ultraviolet radiation
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What is ultraviolet (UV) radiation? Everyday we are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the Sun. ultra- violet infrared X-rays gamma rays wavelength of electromagnetic waves The wavelength of UV radiation ranges from 10 to 1000 nm. that bees, birds, butterflies and other insects can. UV radiation is high-energy electromagnetic radiation that is found between visible light and X-rays on the electromagnetic spectrum. Humans cannot see UV radiation but research has shown
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How is UV radiation produced? Ultraviolet radiation is emitted by very hot objects, such as the Sun. Some gases emit ultraviolet radiation when an electric current is passed through them. Electrical sparks and arc welding also reach temperatures that are high enough to produce ultraviolet radiation. Tanning beds and the ‘black lights’ seen in night clubs use ultraviolet rays that have been produced in this way.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What is ultraviolet radiation used for? Bright clothing Certain chemicals can absorb UV radiation and then re-emit it as visible light. Some washing powders use these to make white material appear whiter in sunlight. Such chemicals are also used in safety clothing. Tanning UV radiation in sunlight causes skin to tan. Tanning beds imitate sunlight by emitting artificially-produced UV rays. Security marking Special inks, that are only visible under UV radiation, are used to security mark expensive items.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How can UV radiation help prevent fraud? Chemicals that absorb energetic ultraviolet radiation and re-emit it as less energetic visible light are said to be fluorescent. These chemicals are used in inks and in safety clothing. Fluorescent inks, that are not visible under normal light, are used in banknote production to prevent fraud. The inks identify genuine banknotes by glowing brightly under ultraviolet light. Fluorescent inks are also used in stamps to distinguish different values for automatic sorting.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How does UV radiation affect skin? The skin uses UV radiation from the Sun to make vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones. Some exposure to UV radiation is beneficial but overexposure is generally harmful to the skin and eyes. Ultraviolet radiation can kill cells. Sunburn occurs when the skin is exposed to high-intensity ultraviolet radiation, which damages and kills skin cells. Intense UV radiation can inflame the eyes and long-term exposure may cause cataracts. Over time, repeated exposure leads to premature ageing of the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 Is a suntan safe? Some people think that a suntan is safe and makes them look healthy. Not all skin types are able to tan. This is why fair skin and skin that is easily sunburnt is most at risk from UV damage. Everyone, regardless of skin type, is at risk from eye damage caused by UV radiation. In fact, a suntan is a sign of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation. It is the skin’s attempt to protect cells from further damage by creating its own sunscreen. A suntan only provides some protection and naturally dark or tanned skin can still suffer sunburn.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How can exposure to UV radiation be limited? Prolonged exposure to UV radiation carries serious health risks and so protection is important. A combination of measures can protect skin and eyes from UV radiation: Cover up, stay in the shade, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Protection is essential for workers who are routinely exposed to UV radiation. Welders must use a head shield to protect their eyes and wear thick clothing to protect their skin. Sunblock and sunscreen protect the skin by blocking UV radiation. When out in the Sun for prolonged periods, these should be applied to the skin generously and often.
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© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What are X-rays? Anyone who has been to hospital with a broken bone will have had an X-ray photograph taken. X-rays have a very short wavelengths between 0.1 and 10 nm. (The size of a water molecule is about 0.3 nm.) ultra- violet infrared X-rays gamma rays wavelength of electromagnetic waves X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that are very penetrating. In the electromagnetic spectrum, they are found between UV and gamma rays.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How are X-rays produced? X-rays are created when high-energy electrons suddenly lose energy. X-rays are produced artificially using a X-ray tube. high voltage cathode anode tungsten target X-rays lead shielding Electrons from the hot cathode are fired at the tungsten target at high speed. When these high-energy electrons strike the target, some of their energy is changed into X-rays.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How were X-rays discovered?
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What are X-rays used for? Imaging X-rays are very penetrating and can pass through many forms of matter. They are used in medicine, industry and security to take pictures of the inside of objects. substances, including crystals. Treating cancer Concentrated beams of short wavelength X-rays can be used to kill cancerous cells. Crystallography X-rays are used to work out the arrangement of atoms in various
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How can X-rays ‘look inside’ objects? X-rays pass through soft tissue, such as skin and muscle, without being absorbed. Denser tissue, such as bone, can absorb X-rays. Film that is exposed appears black and areas that are not exposed, because of X-ray absorption, appear white. X-rays images can be taken because X-rays can pass through opaque materials and also expose photographic film. X-rays are used by customs staff to check for weapons and drugs. Baggage is passed through an X-ray machine, which instantly reveals the contents. Even an articulated lorry can be X-rayed!
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What do X-rays do to cells?
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How are X-ray images taken safely? Precautions must be used when X-ray images are taken. To minimise their exposure when an X-ray image is being taken, radiographers must wear a lead apron (shown), stand behind a screen that absorbs X-rays or even leave the room. Only the area of the body being examined is targeted with X-rays. Other areas are protected with lead shield, which is too dense for X-rays to pass through. One-off X-rays do not pose much risk to health. Radiographers take several X-rays each day and their potential dose is much higher.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 X-rays – true or false?
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© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What are gamma rays? Gamma rays are emitted by certain radioactive materials and have many uses in medicine. ultra- violet infrared X-rays gamma rays wavelength of electromagnetic waves Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of electromagnetic radiation and are beside X-rays in the electromagnetic spectrum. Gamma rays have wavelengths between and 0.1 nm (less than the size of an atom), which makes them the form of electromagnetic radiation with the shortest wavelengths.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 What are gamma rays used for? Medical imaging A gamma scan is obtained by injecting a radioactive tracer, which concentrates in the area of the body being investigated. Gamma rays emitted from this area are detected by a gamma camera. Industrial imaging Gamma rays are even more penetrating than X-rays and can pass through denser materials. They can be used to examine metal castings and welded structures. Sterilizing Gamma rays are used to sterilize medical equipment because they are highly penetrating and kill all living cells.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 How can gamma rays be used to treat cancer? Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays, to kill cancer cells. The radiation dose may come from a radioactive source in a machine outside the body, which directs a beam of radiation at the cancer cells. Steps to reduce the effects on healthy tissue include: splitting the radiation dose into a number of treatments; rotating the beam of radiation so that healthy cells receive a lower dose than the cancer cells. Healthy cells can also be affected by the radiation applied to the body.
© Boardworks Ltd of 30 Gamma rays – missing words activity
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© Boardworks Ltd of 30 fluorescence – The emission of visible light by certain chemicals after absorbing ultraviolet radiation. gamma rays – The type of electromagnetic radiation with the shortest wavelengths and highest energy. radiographer – A person who specializes in taking X-rays. radiotherapy – The use of high-energy ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays, to kill cancer cells. ultraviolet radiation – The high-energy type of electromagnetic radiation between visible light and X-rays. X-rays – The very-penetrating type of electromagnetic radiation between ultraviolet radiation and gamma rays. Glossary
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