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Dr. Warren Foster
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Exposure To Radiation (Overview)

Exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation from X-rays, CT scans and radioactive materials increases the chance of various cancers and leukemias later in life. Microwaves and other radio waves, such as the transmissions from cell phones, do not have this effect.


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What would symtoms be from exposure to radiation fallout?

What would symtoms be from exposure to radiation fallout?

Fatigue: Would be most common, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), and weight loss can all be signs of acute exposure to high levels of radiation. Not a big problem unless world war iii starts... ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Exposure To Radiation (Overview)

Exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation from X-rays, CT scans and radioactive materials increases the chance of various cancers and leukemias later in life. Microwaves and other radio waves, such as the transmissions from cell phones, do not have this effect.


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Which is best way to minimize your child's exposure to radiation?

Which is best way to minimize your child's exposure to radiation?

Avoid midday sun: The biggest radiation source is the midday sun. When the sun is at it's highest intensity, it's a good time to cover up, go inside, find shade, etc. Also, imaging can cause notable radiation exposure. Not so much from xrays but from ct scans. Especially for those with small children, be judicious with head ct scans. If they bump their heads, observation for 6 hours is just as effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is a person's exposure to radiation routinely checked?

Can you tell me how is a person's exposure to radiation routinely checked?

No routine check: People at risk for radiation exposure usually wear badges. If you were not wearing a badge, you can test your white blood cells for radiation damage. This is not cheap or routine though. ...Read more

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What would long and short term effects be from exposure to radiation fallout?

What would long and short term effects be from exposure to radiation fallout?

Very different: Very high ( > 100 rads), short-term doses of radiation have been known to cause early effects, such as diarrhea, skin burns, cataracts, and even death. It is suspected that radiation exposure may be linked to the potential for genetic effects in children of exposed parents. Longer term, lower level exposure is known to cause many kinds of cancer, and also cataracts. ...Read more

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In what way can we reduce exposure to radiation to minimize the risks of health effects?

Stay out of the sun: To minimize exposure to radiation you should stay out of the sun: Slip, slap, slop: http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607994767425406449&w=250&h=105&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7 ...Read more

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Do the health effects of exposure to radiation differ for acute vs. Chronic low-level exposure?

Do the health effects of exposure to radiation differ for acute vs. Chronic low-level exposure?

Very much so: Acute exposure causes burns, destruction of bone marrow, and other tissue injuries like cataracts. Long term exposure can lead to various cancers, and amazingly, also cataracts. Both can kill! one form of chronic low-level radiation exposure is the sun, so wear sunscreen! ...Read more

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Do you have any exposure to radiation through microwave?

The electromagnetic : Spectrum includes visible light, radio and micro waves, infrared red, ultraviolet, x-rays and megavoltage radiation. There is heating with microwaves, ergo their ubiquitous use in your home and cafeterias, but no ionizing, which is the damaging to dna action of radiation and radiotherapy. ...Read more

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Exposure to radiation is so rare, but should people have ki in their medicine cabinets?

Exposure to radiation is so rare, but should people have ki in their medicine cabinets?

No: More than likely, somebody is going to overdose or inadvertently take it, causing more complications. If there is exposure to radiation, contact poison control and follow their instructions. If there is a major radiation exposure, the ki in your cabinet will likely still need instruction before being taken. ...Read more

Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more