Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Freiberg x-ray accident, 1979

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: 1979

Location: Freiberg, GDR (East Germany)

Type of event: accidental x-ray exposure


Careless use of an x-ray fluorescence unit caused overexposure to one individual, including a 1,000 to 3,000 rad dose to the right hand and a whole-body dose of 20 to 50 rad. The individual received second and third degree radiation burns.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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