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Doctor insights on: Radiation Sickness Duration

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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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I have point tenderness in right groin area. General dull ache in both right and left sides of pelvis and radiation to right lower back. 1 wk duration?

I have point tenderness in right groin area. General dull ache in both right and left sides of pelvis and radiation to right lower back. 1 wk duration?

Appendicitis vs cyst: Hello!
In that area, and without other information, I am most concerned about an ovarian cyst vs. Subacute appendicitis, vs. Lymph node inflammation. You should be seen by your regular doctor or an ER to be examined; let them know if you've had any fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, changes in your menstrual cycle; also things like age and factors like smoking can help make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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For how long does radiation stay in your body?

For how long does radiation stay in your body?

It doesn't.: It passes through, gets scattered or absorbed, and is gone. ...Read more

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How long does it take for radiation effects to wear off?

How long does it take for radiation effects to wear off?

This can vary: Depending on what part of the body was radiated, as well as if there is chemotherapy involved. But, most patients can look back about 6 weeks later after completing radiation therapy and clearly see that most symptoms of the treatment have improved. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe esophagitis following 10 days of radiation. How long does it typically last?

I am experiencing severe esophagitis following 10 days of radiation. How long does it typically last?

Variable...: Depends on the extent and dose of radiation. Could last for weeks with potential long term sequelae of stricture. There are several palliative therapies available to quell esophagitis symptoms - see your doc. Good luck! ...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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How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

About 15 min: Generally, it takes about 5 minutes to position a patient for a treatment. The actual treatment itself may take another 1 or 2 minutes. In most cases, the overall treatment time will last about 15 minutes. The time is much longer for radiosurgery. ...Read more

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How long would radiation stay in the house after treatment?

Probably doesn't: If you are talking about external beam radiation therapy, it's never even in your house. It's gone the second that the machine is turned off. If you are talking about a radiation implant, in which radioactive sources are placed within the body (most commonly prostate) then there are some precautions to take. The duration of these depends on the isotope used, usually palladium or iodine. ...Read more

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My grandma is receiving radiation in the form of "seeds". I have a 9 month old and a 2 year old. How long do they have to be away from her?

Depends on dose: Usually the seeds that are permanently implanted have very little penetration beyond the area being treated and avoidance may not be necessary but is always safe. Depending on location and dose, her doctor may recommend no physical contact for a few days or indicate that being in the same room if fine. ...Read more

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How long does radiation stay in the body? I had a cat scan at 36 (8 msv) am curious how that affects my cumulative radiation if my cells healed?

How long does radiation stay in the body? I had a cat scan at 36 (8 msv) am curious how that affects my cumulative radiation if my cells healed?

We are exposed: To radiation every day of our lives. A single CT scan is equivalent to approximately a year of environmental radiation exposure. Low level radiation does NOT always cause DNA damage, but it CAN cause DNA damage, which is why we try to limit the amount of CTs we get. A single CT barely raises your lifetime cancer risk above baseline, but ask your doctors to limit your exposure as much as possible. ...Read more

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How long is the average radiation therapy session?

How long is the average radiation therapy session?

A few minutes: 10-15 minutes on the machine, half of which is used to set the patient accurately in position. Radiation is given over a couple of minutes. ...Read more

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How long does each session of radiation therapy last?

How long does each session of radiation therapy last?

A few minutes: Typical radiation takes a couple of minutes. A few minutes is spent for setup before each treatment for accurate targeting. Radiosurgery is typically longer and can take about an hour or a bit longer at times. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does radiation therapy session last?

Quite short: Radiation is usually delivered by a machine and can be done in a matter of minutes. But there is sometime involved in positioning etc, but over all it is a short treatment time, yet the logistics of travel, registration paper work etc can consume an hour or so of your time easily. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for facial hair to grow back after radiation?

Weeks to months.: If you have radiation for 'head & neck' cancer, facial hair might take weeks to months to grow back. It is possible too that facial hair might not ever regrow. ...Read more

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How long after a radiation exposure do victims start experiencing symptoms of radiation poisoning and begin to die?

Depends: "radiation" is not just one thing or one entity. There are different types of radiation with different routes of exposure, and health effects depend on several things such as the type of radiation, the strength of the radiation, the route of exposure, the proximity to the radiation source, the health status of the person exposed, etc. See http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/acute_radiation_syndrome. ...Read more

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How long does the implant radiation take?

How long does the implant radiation take?

What cancer?: There are different types of implants for different cancers. There is low dose implants and high dose rate implants. For prostate cancer for example a permanent implant is done in the operating room and the seeds slowly radiated the prostate over time. The procedure is one hour and the patient goes home the same day. ...Read more

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How long after radiation treatment ends should my hair start growing again?

A few weeks: Hair regrowth is variable, but typically starts within a few weeks of finishing radiation therapy. ...Read more

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I'm starting abdominal radiation tomorrow. How long until you feel side effects?

2-3 weeks: Effects of radiation are slow in onset. But mild nausea can occur if intestines are in the field like they would be in your case (abdominal radiation). Mild diarrahea could also developm after a couple of weeks. Blood counts can go down in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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My 39 yr old brother just had a 3x3x6cm tumor removed, just diag w/ glioblastoma, with chemo/radiation how long will he be with us?

My 39 yr old brother just had a 3x3x6cm tumor removed, just diag w/ glioblastoma, with chemo/radiation how long will he be with us?

Prognosis: The glioblastoma is very bad rare brain tumor. The aggressive surgery, meaning 92%to 98% taken out, plus radiation plus telozolomide can have 2 year survival rate upto 27%. Unfortunately it comes back in two years. Over all 5 year survival is around 8%. I wish your brother good health ; sympathy with you on going through difficult time. Thanks. ...Read more

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When does chemo being after mastectomy? I am having a double mastectomy and I am wondering how long it usually take before chemo radiation begins?

When does chemo being after mastectomy? I am having a double mastectomy and I am wondering how long it usually take before chemo radiation begins?

Short break: Chemotherapy is generally given before radiation. This starts 4-6 weeks after surgery. In most cases, radiation is not required after mastectomy. Exceptions are for patients with large tumors (>5cm), skin or muscle involvement with tumor, or > 3 lymph nodes involved with cancer; patients with any of these will benefit from post-mastectomy radiation. This is given over 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

Not applicable: Generally radiation dose not cause hair loss, only during brain radiation. This is usually an issue with chemotherapy after chemotherapy it usually takes 3 weeks to notice hair growth, but several months to "regain" your hair. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

Weeks, Months: Some patients have hair regrowth in a few weeks to months. Others, depending on the area treated may never have hair regrowth. ...Read more