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A magnetron (microwave) does not put out ionizing radiation, so such a burn is not a radiation burn according to the definition in the article. --GalFisk 00:12, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
well in fact it's possible to produce ionising radiation with an magnetron because it's a vacum valve ,I witness it since I was doing the experiment :in my setup I remove the tow magnet and apply 5 volt to the tuxntene wire inside by the tow electrode sticking out of it ,the I aply 120000 volt in betwin the cassing and one of the pole liding to the tuxtene wire .I mesure a ferly hy level of energetic radiation with a geger conter and by puting a fluorescent screen in front I could visualise that the x-ray where escaping from the ceramic part .this experience is dangerous and must be performe only by qualified personel.18.104.22.168 20:50, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
Radition burns do not require ionizing radiation
Ultraviolet light can cause ionizing radition, but radiation burns can occur from RF energy at any frequency the human body can aborb. The two frequencies the body absorbs best are where the body size and the wavelength are close. For example, the whole body at 30MHz, or the head around 800MHz. Ionizing radition is not required. Mere heat from absorption is enough to cause the burn. ---ssd (talk) 06:03, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
I've added a bunch of external references. Someone else can convert them to citations I hope. RF Exposure and You is an ARRL publication that is linked to on nearly every ARRL page that references radiation exposure, including two or more of the pages I already added. The FCC FAQ specifically addresses the material on ionizing radiation as well, so that is a suitable reference for the first half of the article, although I did not read through it and point by point verify the first paragraph is totally correct. --ssd (talk) 06:47, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
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Blood vessel damage.
Beta irradiation of skin produces damage in two waves. This article does not spell this out. (Google: 'hopewell peel beta skin irradiation')
The first wave corresponds to epidermal damage and the second, after more than two months,corresponds to blood vessel damage in the dermis, which in turn can lead to a loss of the full skin thickness or, at lower doses, to atrophy. The experimental pig data which predicted this two wave response for Beta irradiation was discussed at an IAEA Advisory Group meeting on the handling of skin lesions (in Paris) in 1987, with Russian delegates presenting the Chernobyl data. I was one of the two official UK delegates (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-wells/30/80b/840) and John Hopewell (http://www.ptcri.ox.ac.uk/people/JohnHopewell.shtml) was the other. Dr John Wells (talk) 16:16, 23 October 2011 (UTC)