Many nuclear medicine historians claim that the genesis of nuclear medicine in the United States took place when John Lawrence took leave of absence from his faculty position at Yale Medical School in 1936 to visit his brother Ernest Orlando Lawrence at his new laboratory in Berkeley, California.
INEA statement on radiation and health summary recommendations (Donald J. Higson, Jerry Cuttler) Canada Australia13.Feb.2015
Donald J. Higson is a Fellow of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society, Jerry Cuttler is a distinguished nuclear scientist in Canada. The nuclear energy industry offers a proven and safe means for generating most of the electricity we need at a reasonable cost, with minimal damage to the environment. Other uses of nuclear science and technology in industry and in medicine also provide enormous benefits to society. Other uses of nuclear science and technology in industry and in medicine also provide enormous benefits to society. However, for many people, fear of radiation – essentially the mistaken belief that there is no safe radiation dose – is a significant deterrent to the wider use of these technologies.For low doses and low dose rates, there is abundant evidence that conflicts with the Linear No-Threshold LNT model in use worldwide for establishing radiation safety guidelines.
Bryan Leyland is a consulting engineer for major electric generating projects in Africa and Asia. He is a strong advocate for nuclear power. His home is in beautiful New Zealand where he owns a hydroelectric generating plant.
Medical radioisotope use to treat cancer has its origins in 1936 when Dr. Hertz spontaneously asked the President of MIT Karl Compton, "Could iodine be made radioactive artificially?"