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

New Delhi radiation accident, 1967

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 24 September 2007

Date: May 1967

Location: Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India

Type of event: accidental exposure to source


While replacing a Co-60 source in a teletherapy unit, an employee received a localized radiation exposure of about 800 rads to the hand while pushing the source into place. The employee noticed an immediate burning sensation but no other symptoms until 12 days later, when burning pain and itching developed. A blistering burn developed while the employee was hospitalized.

Consequences: 1 injury.


© 2007 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
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