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

La Plata radiotherapy accident, 1982

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 11 June 2006

Date: 1982

Location: La Plata, Argentina

Type of event: radiotherapy accident


An operator was injured by radiation from an x-ray therapy unit. The individual looked through a window while changing the x-ray tubes, not realizing the system was on. The operator received a whole-body dose of 12 rad and a dose of 580 rad to the lens of both eyes, resulting in cataracts in both eyes.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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