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

India x-ray accident, 1974

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 22 September 2007

Date: 9 August 1974

Location: India

Type of event: x-ray accident


A worker using an x-ray crystallography unit was exposed to the x-ray beam. After returning from a lunch break, he operated the unit for 15 minutes before realizing that one shutter was open, exposing his right forearm to the beam. A wound developed on the arm after 14 days which healed after 3 months, leaving a white scar. Dose was on the order of 8,000-12,000 rads to the skin or more.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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