January 21, 2014
CLEMSON – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host a program on Radiation in Our Lives Today at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at 100 Thomas Green Boulevard in Clemson. The presentation is open to the public.
The program will review the different types and sources of radiation, their benefits to individuals and society, and the actions to minimize risks.
Perry Sprawls, a triple Clemson graduate with degrees in physics, nuclear science, and bioengineering, is the speaker. He is a bio-engineer and medical physicist with over 50 of experience in the science and technology of medical imaging.
He served at Emory University for 45 years and now works through the Sprawls Education Foundation in the development of a worldwide educational infrastructure to support effective and safe medical imaging.
Radiation, both background and man-made, covers a broad spectrum ranging from “radio frequency” (RF) used for TV, radar, microwave, mobile phones, etc., visible light, and then the so-called “ionizing radiation” that includes X-rays, radiation from radioactive materials, and cosmic radiation from outer space.
A major effort of the medical and medical science professions is the development and control of radiation procedures in order to achieve maximum benefit, such as reducing deaths from cancer, while minimizing any associated risks.