Gamma Rays

Jake Smith

What's a Gamma Ray?

A gamma ray is an EM of wave that is at the top of the EM spectrum. With its wavelength at a minuscule 0.03 NM-0.003 NM range, this has the smallest wavelength and highest frequency and energy in its class. Although these waves have the very real ability to harm humans, scientist have found ways to use these to help humans.
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How can we use gamma waves?

There are not very many uses for gamma ways now, because of how dangerous they can be, but the technologies that do use them now, are very useful.


Gamma waves can be used in sterilizing equipment. They are used to make sure things are sterile, or germless.


Gamma rays are also used in nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy, that is used to kill cancer cells. One side effect is that it also kills helpful cells near the cancer cells, causing nausea and other harmful repercussions.


They are also used in nuclear weapons, such as bombs and warheads. These are obviously very dangerous and will kill anything in its surroundings. These also cause harmful radiation that is left over, that can cause radiation poisoning, and potentially death.

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New Technology: Tracers

Tracers are a new technology used in the medical field. Doctors put slightly radioactive substances into the patients body. Then, they scan their body and track the movement. This enables doctors to see inside the patients body without surgery.
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