Benefits and Problems in using Radioisotopes

Industry benefits:

  • Nuclear power production - reduces dependence on other forms of power production, such as coal, which contributes more to climate change
  • Leak detection tracing
  • Smoke alarms
  • Thickness gauges
  • Building ventilation tests
  • Irradiation of food and raw wool to destroy micro-organisms

Industry problems:

  • Require nuclear reactors for production
  • Can cause damage to healthy tissue and health problems, including cancer, if not used or stored safely
  • Radioactive waste requires disposal

Medicine benefits:

  • Diagnosis/tracing and treatment of medical illnesses
  • Medical sterilisation - prevents patient infection

Medicine problems:
(Same as for industry)