Radiation Sterilization

The next USP chapter in this series, <1229.10>, discusses radiation sterilization.  This process “utilizes the lethal effect of various forms of radiation as a means of microbial destruction.”  There are two primary types of radiation:  ionizing (gamma, x-ray or beam) and nonionizing (microwave, infrared, x-ray, ultraviolet light). Because of how radiation works, there is potential…