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Irradiation (Overview)

Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal levels of background radiation.


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What is irradiated by fukushima radiation?

What is irradiated by fukushima radiation?

Whole body: Radiation from a reactor will effect the whole body but destroy marrow and usually cause demise of patient. ...Read more

Irradiation (Overview)

Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal levels of background radiation.


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What exactly is radiation cystitis?

What exactly is radiation cystitis?

Bladder Inflammation: This is a side effect of radiation therapy which is used as treatment for pelvic tumors. Symptoms include blood in urine, voiding problems and incontinence. Treatment of this condition can be medical or surgical depending on the severity. ...Read more

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What is food irradiation?

What is food irradiation?

Preserves food: Food irradiation is the method of exposing food to ionizing radiation to stop or destroy microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in the food. The irradiation damages genetic dna so that germs and insects cannot survive or cannot reproduce. The food does not become radioactive, but there can be mild chemical changes in the foods. ...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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Will a hida nuclear scan expose me to dangerous radiation?

Will a hida nuclear scan expose me to dangerous radiation?

No: All imaging tests that expose a patient to radiation should only be performed for certain conditions/symptoms. That is called appropriate use. Medical radiation is a useful tool, but it should not be used unless necessary to help make a diagnosis. Radiology is always trying to balance radiation dose with image quality. This is called alara - as low as reasonably achievable. ...Read more

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Cervical conization- what can I expect? Will I be out?

Cervical conization- what can I expect? Will I be out?

Discuss with doctor : Cold knife conization is a procedure in which a cone shaped biopsy of the cervix is removed to treat cervical dysplasia. No overnight stay is required unless complications arise. You will be put under general anesthesia and the surgery lasts approximately 30 minutes. Your total recovery time varies from 1-2 weeks. The cervix, however, usually takes 4-6 weeks to heal completely. ...Read more

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Is WiFi harmful ? I read on net that it emits RF radiation, which is toxic ? Pls advise from research studies.

Not really: Majority of WiFi emissions are in between zero and 300 GHz. The World Health Organization reports that these are the frequencies that are the safest. There have been studies on plant life that have shown harmful effects but a plant cell is very different than a complex human body with billions of cells. There is more data being processed and more testing being done for the upcoming months and years ahead ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risk for nuclear medicine procedures? I heard that there will be radiation exposure associating with the procedures, how harmful is this to my body?

What are the benefits and risk for nuclear medicine procedures? I heard that there will be radiation exposure associating with the procedures, how harmful is this to my body?

Physiologic study: Nuclear medicine involves using internal irradiation in order to define function of various organ systems of body, . Some isotopes are injected iv, inhaled, and some ingested. Most diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures involve low doses of radiation. The isotopes of higher doses are used to treat thyroid diseases or cancer. Benefits are from diagnosis of abnormality that can be detected/ treated. ...Read more

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