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November 25, 1968

Radiodermatitis Caused by a Radioactive Gold Ring

Author Affiliations

From the Olean (NY) Medical Group.

JAMA. 1968;206(9):2113-2114. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150090189033

A radioactive gold ring made from improperly salvaged gold radon seeds caused dermatitis which has lasted for over 40 years. The source of the radiation was lead 210, a beta emitter with a half-life of 22 years.