Since ions put out by CT scanners, fluoroscopes and radiotherapy machines immediately affects living yeast cells in an easily measurable way, yeast radiation badges may be replacing radiation dosimeters that many medical professionals must wear. Traditional radiation dosimeters are expensive and have a longer wait time to find results. While yeast monitors still do not have their own readouts and have to be taken to a machine to be tested, the turnaround is much faster and are also much cheaper.
- Clinicians that perform their jobs around ct scanners and other radiotherapy equipment need to be able to gage their exposure to radiation.
- Often pricey dossimeters are used that must be mailed to the manufacturer to know the levels of exposure they received.
- New dossimeters use a device that can provide a same day reading after being activated with water.
“Scientists at Purdue University have now developed special yeast-powered badges that can tell a worker exposed to radiation whether the dose has been too great or not.”