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Closed Source
With respect to Radiation Protection , a closed source is is a source of Ionising Radiation in the form of Radioactive material which is encapsulated or otherwise contained. The implication is that closed radioactive material can not escape and will not cause a Contamination hazard. Closed sources have many applications including use in irradiators (food and products), medical blood irradiators and density gauges. Whilst the term 'Closed Source' is comparable with 'Sealed Source' , it is defined in a particular way in some of the UK legislation (e.g. see Exemption Orders).