Whenever the topic of radiation or radioactive comes us, a lot of us automatically associate it with a negative picture in our minds. However, radiation and radioactive substances play an important role in a number of important sectors like science and medicine. In the field of medicine alone, radiation and radioactive substances come into play for treatments like cancer and for the sterilization of medical equipment as well.
Gamma sterilization/ irradiation, also known as the “Cold Process” is the most common means of sterilization since it can destroy bacteria very easily by stopping bacterial division and growth through the breaking down of bacterial DNA. Similarly, the energy that is emitted through gamma rays also destroys pathogens that can potentially cause contamination. Gamma rays are also capable of completely penetrating the material it is targeted at, regardless of its thickness. Plus, to clear out any misconception, the entire gamma irradiation process does not leave behind any residuals of radioactivity either, so the processed material is completely safe for use afterwards. Plus, the best thing about gamma irradiation is that it can be used on any kind of object, so dry, moist and frozen can all be treated by it.
However, the one problem that does occur as a result of the high penetration power of gamma sterilization is that it ends up damaging the very container the object is in, but this is a problem that can now be fixed. What you basically need is a coating that is resistant to gamma radiation like the PlastiGlide® from Surface Solutions Group. This coating is made from a polymer that is able to withstand gamma radiation without causing any side effects, damage or problems to the container or the material that is stored in it, making things easier for you.