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Radiography Careers Outside Healthcare

Radiography Careers Outside Healthcare

Peter Vogt / MonsterTRAK Career Coach

In 2002, authorities in Noble, Georgia, discovered more than 300 bodies around the Tri-State Crematory — bodies that should have been cremated. Radiologists from a nearby hospital and the federal government were instrumental in the identification process, because they were able to detect healed bones and surgical hardware, such as pacemakers, in some of the bodies.

Security Applications

Since the September 11 attacks, the United States has become more vigilant when it comes to homeland security. Radiography was already a part of security at airports and border crossings, and its role will only increase in the years ahead.

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are working on a way to use muons — fragments of cosmic rays that interact with Earth’s atmosphere and pass through Earth’s surface at a rate of about 10,000 particles per square meter per minute — to detect dense, dangerous materials like uranium or plutonium.

In both laboratory experiments and corresponding computer simulations, the scientists have been able to image uranium by tracking the paths of muons as they pass through the material.

“We found that we could detect a one-liter block of uranium in the equivalent of a truckload of sheep, for example,” says William Priedhorsky, chief scientist of the lab’s Nonproliferation and International Security Division. "And the greater the efforts at shielding the material, the more obvious it becomes with the muon technology.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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