13 exposed to radioactive material at UW research site near Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center | The Seattle Times

13 exposed to radioactive material at UW research site near Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center | The Seattle Times

The investigation of the incident is being handled by the state Department of Health, which had two inspectors on site for the removal of a device called an irraditor, which contains cesium-137, a radioactive material, said DOH spokeswoman Kristen Maki.

Maki said the irradiator was being transferred to a safe disposal site when a leak in the device was detected.

Gregg said the removal of the radioactive material was part of a nationwide federal program decommissioning devices called irradiators, which are used to expose a range of samples to gamma radiation for purposes such as sterilizing medical supplies and studying the effects of radiation.

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