The Goiânia Incident

Scientist dosimetrist (radiation supervisor) in protective clothing and gas mask with geiger counter checks the level of radioactive radiation in the danger zone

The Goiânia Incident was a tragedy that took the lives of four people as well as putting many others at risk. Some sources might refer to the events that happened as an accident, but calling it an accident implies a more coincidental failure. This incident was caused by the negligence of multiple organizations involved. To put a very long drawn out series of events as succinctly as possible, a radiotherapy unit containing cesium-137 was left in an abandoned clinic. Continue Reading…