Scientific Forum

Atoms in industry

Print edition : November 13, 2015

A 17th century statue from the Santa Maria del Jesus Cathedral in Rabat, Malta, undergoing a CT scan at Mater Dei Hospital in Msida so that restorers can determine the extent of the internal damage. Photo: Louise Potterton and Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

These woodcuts from Brazil were attacked by mould after they were damaged in a flood. Here, some of the woodcuts before gamma irradiation was used to kill the mould. Photo: Louise Potterton and Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

This woodcuts from Brazil were attacked by mould after they were damaged in a flood. Here, irradiation has made it safe for restorers to carry out their work. Photo: Louise Potterton and Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

A wooden artefact from Africa at Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil, that was treated with gamma irradiation to clear it of termites. Photo: Louise Potterton and Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

Bananas that were not irradiated (left) alongside those that were. Photo: Department of Atomic Energy

Potatoes that were irradiated (left) and those that were not. Photo: Department of Atomic Energy

The Scientific Forum held at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on September 15 and 16 showcased the many uses of nuclear technology in industry, agriculture and medicine and highlighted its growing importance.
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