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health and well-being application

One of the main applications of nuclear technology that directly affects general health and well-being of the society is sterilization of products. Irradiation is used for sterilization of medical instruments and hygiene of food and agricultural products.

Food irradiation is performed for increasing the shelf lives of different types of food products and lowering their bacteria level. In agriculture, seeds are irradiated in order to optimize harvesting and destroying their parasites. Irradiation is taken place for sterilization of medical instruments such as disposable medical supplies, syringes and sutures, sterilized gas, and etc. Irradiation unlike other sterilization methods is really reliable and environmentally friendly.  

Irradiation by either x-rays, electron beams, or gamma-rays is currently used for hygiene and well-beings of societies throughout the world.