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Is 0.001 mSv of radiation enough to cause radiation sickness?

Is 0.001 mSv of radiation enough to cause radiation sickness?

Not nearly enough: The lowest dose of radiation known to cause radiation sickness is 35 rads which equals 350 mSv. Thus, . 001 mSv is 1/350, 000th of the lowest dose known to cause radiation sickness! ...Read more

Radiation Sickness (Definition)

An illness that happens when body tissues are exposed to radioactive substances. It can occur when there is accidental exposure to high doses of radiation, such as nuclear power plant accidents or when radiation is ...Read more


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Years ago I had 25+ radiation tests of various types. Cts, thallium, vq, x-rays. I'm worried if I ever have another i'll get radiation sickness?

Years ago I had 25+ radiation tests of various types. Cts, thallium, vq, x-rays. I'm worried if I ever have another i'll get radiation sickness?

Cancer: Excessive accumulated irradiation can sometimes increase the possibility of acquiring cancer years later especially in growing indivials or children. Radiation sickness is caused by sudden tremendous irradiation like atomic bomb or radiation leak from nuclear reactor. Xray studies should still be performed if there is valid health reason. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a single foot x-ray to cause radiation sickness?

Is it possible for a single foot x-ray to cause radiation sickness?

Of course not: No xrays expose patients to anywhere near enough radiation to cause radiation sickness. That includes studies with the most body exposure to radiation, like CT scans of the spin, contrast xrays, etc. ...Read more

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Can you get radiation sickness from Radioactive Iodine Uptake Scan using I-123?

No: The dose is much too small. Talk w/your doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Many radiation tests years ago. Lots of CT scans and x-rays and VQ scans, etc. Worried will get radiation sickness if I get another test in future?

See: Radiation physicist at your hospital to calculate your received dose. Then you will have better idea of future risks. ...Read more

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Had an xray of my foot and an hour later I got a nosebleed. No other symptoms. I'm scared that I got radiation sickness, but the dose was low. Help!

Radiation sickness: It gets technical but there is no way you received enough radiation from an xray to give you radiation sickness. Likely the cause of the nose bleed is from dry mucosa. I would rub a little Neosporin into the nose with a cotton swab to keep it moist. ...Read more

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Is radiation proven effective for dupuytren's disease?

Is radiation proven effective for dupuytren's disease?

Radiation is a topic: That is under investigation. There has been a call to find out more with controlled studies at different degrees of involvement. Much needs to be learned before it can be offered widespread. For uncertainty about the efficacy, the unpredictability of progression and that there is a risk of malignancy http://publications. Nice. Org. Uk/radiation-therapy-for-early-dupuytrens-disease-ipg368. ...Read more

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Is it possible to to have kids with chemotherapy and radiation drugs?

Is it possible to to have kids with chemotherapy and radiation drugs?

Depends on regimen: There are many people who have kids who previously had been treated for cancer. Oncologists can somewhat predict who may have problems with fertility based on knowing what chemotherapy medications (and their cumulative dose) and what type and location of radiation were given to a patient. Some regimens cause infertility, while others do not, and many regimens fall into a gray area. ...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

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Is Remote neural control possible with the help of drugs and radiation? Is there any medication to prevent it? This is causing me social problems.

Is Remote neural control possible with the help of drugs and radiation? Is there any medication to prevent it? This is causing me social problems.

No mind control: There is no such thing as 'remote' mind control, so don't worry about that. You may be experiencing some symptoms of agoraphobia or other disease state causing your social anxiety. Believe it or not, counseling with a professional can help tremendously. I highly recommend it so you can live a normal life. ...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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Is mitomycin-n, an injectible medicine, a possible alternative to radiation therapy for cheek carcinoma?

No: Chemotherapy alone is not generally used for treating cancers of the head & neck. Surgery may be an alternative to radiation therapy for cheek cancers. Depending on the extent of the cancer, surgery could be significantly more morbid than radiation therapy. You might consider a consultation at a multi-disciplinary program with head & neck surgeons, radiation oncologists & medical oncologists. ...Read more

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What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

Nuc Med injects dyes: In nuclear medicine, we inject radioactive "dyes" to image or treat patients. In radiation oncology, x-rays are generated outside the patient and irradiate tumors (usually) that are in the body. They treat different diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nuclear medicine and radiation oncology?

What is the difference between nuclear medicine and radiation oncology?

Specialties: Nuclear medicine and radiation oncology or radiation therapy are not the same, but there is some overlap. Nuclear medicine typically includes some imaging like bone scans and pet scans as well as maybe some therapy with unsealed sources. Radiation oncology can also include unsealed sources (that's the overlap) as well as external beam rt and brachythearpy but no imaging. ...Read more

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Is it possible to explain in simple words how is radiation used in medicine/cancer treatments?

Is it possible to explain in simple words how is radiation used in medicine/cancer treatments?

Yes: Radiation can be used to cure patients of their cancer with assistance from chemotherapy and/or surgery. When a pient is incurable, radiation can help to control symptoms like pain, bleeding or pneumonia. Radiation actually will kill or disabkle cancer cels so they can no longer divide and multiply. ...Read more

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Is there any possible cure for cancer that does not include radiation? Is there some sort of drug, cell growth inhibition...Anything?

Cancer Therapy: It depends on the type of cancer and the stage (extent of spread) of the tumor. Many early cancers are cured by surgical excision; others, by drug therapy; still others often are treated by combined protocols that involve drug and radio-therapy. Only your oncologist can counsel you on the particular set of circumstances surrounding the cancer of which you speak. ...Read more

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How to treat hypertthyroidism grave disease naturally without need to go through iodine radiation therapy?

No good option: I'm all for natural treatments when good ones are available but, in something as delicate as treating grave's disease, I would recommend the mainstream treaments. Have your doc explain all your options and then make an informed decision. ...Read more

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What do patients think of radiation exposure in medicine, for diagnostics and treatment? Do patients get scared?

What do patients think of radiation exposure in medicine, for diagnostics and treatment? Do patients get scared?

No if informed: If patients are informed properly, they will not 'get scared'. First the amount of radiation exposure in diagnostic test is negligible you get more by going to beach. During treatment precise, focused dose will be given with out damage to surrounding tissue, equipment also getting advanced. ...Read more

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What are the differences between radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine?

What are the differences between radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine?

Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest, skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of radiation therapy for orbital inflammatory disease and scleritis?

Orbital radiation: Can affect eyelids and lashes, cause dry eye, corneal ulcers, cataracts, retinopathy, and optic neuropathy. Unfortunately, the list is long but it's generally local to the area of treatment. It's a benefit to risk ratio battle. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have graves' disease and have went threw radiation about 3 years ago and didn't work out. Can I request to have it removed?

Yes, but...: Hi. If you were my patient, I'd STRONGLY recommend re-treating you with radioactive iodine (131-I). If it was re-treatment with radioactive iodine versus surgery, why on earth would you want surgery? I'm sure you can find a surgeon to do it, but I'd advise against it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.

Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read more

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Is there any way to get heart disease after chemo and radiation?

Is there any way to get heart disease after chemo and radiation?

Heart failure: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy both can cause cardiac damage. Certain chemotherapeutic agents are more toxic than others and radiation over a critical dosage can be cardiac damaging. ...Read more

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How do diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine differ?

How do diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine differ?

Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest, skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the risks of radiation therapy for orbital inflammatory disease and scleritis?

Some risks: Yes there is some but small risks. Radiation can affect the lens of the eye, causing opacities/cataracts but usually it can be shielded by the treating doctor. ...Read more

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Size of my spots in the right lung are 1.5cm and 0.9 cm. Why not surgery versus chem/radiation, targeted drugs/cyber knife?

Size of my spots in the right lung are 1.5cm and 0.9 cm. Why not surgery versus chem/radiation, targeted drugs/cyber knife?

Depends on details: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfront therapy for stage I -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. Even if there are two nodules, if in the same lobe, or considered synchronous primaries, surgery may be an option. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a radiographer, a radiation therapist and a nuclear medicine tech? I'm from australia and I am wondering for university.

What's the difference between a radiographer, a radiation therapist and a nuclear medicine tech? I'm from australia and I am wondering for university.

1st is a person who: Takes x rays; a radiation therapist is a person who works with a radiation oncologist to give precise doses of radiation for the different cancers (for treatment);
the nuc med tech is one who works in x ray dept giving radioactive meds for bone scans etc. (done for diagnostic purposes).
Hope this is helpful in making your career choices.

Good luck. ...Read more