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After reading this section you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe different ways that radiation can be generated.

As we mentioned before, there are many different ways that radiation can be generated. We have looked closely at two of the most widely utilized sources, radioisotopes and x-ray generation. We will briefly introduce a few other means of generating radiation. These methods are often referred to as the high energy radiation systems.

Some of our greatest scientific developments include high energy particle accelerators. Many of the natural and artificial radioisotopes along with standard X-ray systems are limited in terms of energy. Much of the scientific research dedicated to subatomic nature would not be possible without particle accelerators.


  1. Radioisotopes, x-ray generation, and particle accelerators are different methods that generate radiation.