The quick answer is: it can be. But it has also been an incredible boon to our society through it’s use in medical imaging, sensors and other technologies.
Even though we must use it carefully, we have figured out many ways to use radiation to improve the quality of life for people all around the world. Learn a little more about all the ways radiation is used in this essay: A Day With The Atom…living with zest, from the American Nuclear Society.
This study reviews the risk of radiation from medical imaging.
All-Safe HSE has Radiation Safety Officer’s available to answer any of your questions as well. Contact us for more information.
The Radiation Safety Institute is also an excellent Canadian resource on this topic.