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What are the different effects of radiation exposure?

What are the different effects of radiation exposure?

Depends how much...: Radiation is naturally present in our environment. With low levels of radiation exposure, the biological effects are so small they may not be detected.The body has repair mechanisms against radiation-induced damage.Any amount of radiation may have some risk of causing cancer, and that the risk is higher for higher radiation exposures. High doses can cause tissue and organ damage.Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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


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How do you combat the health effects of radiation exposure?

How do you combat the health effects of radiation exposure?

Depends: depends on how much radiation dose you received and how much of your body was given radiation. With therapeutic radiation the dose are usually very controlled. Most patients may have some fatigue with radiation but that resolves with time. Different organs respond differently to radiation. ...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?

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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What are the immediate effects of acute radiation exposure? Such as in a nuclear reactor accident?

What are the immediate effects of acute radiation exposure? Such as in a nuclear reactor accident?

Nuclear reactor: Core melt down spews a number of products skyward. The most prominent 2 are iodine isotopes, leading to increase in thyroid cancer. Iodide or iodine pills 'protect' by consuming the absorption traps, blocking the isotopic dangerous ones. The other is strontium isotopes, which as a divalent cation long acting cation like calcium, can deposit in bones. ...Read more

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If the effects of dental x ray radiation exposure is cumulative, does that mean all the x Rays damage I ever gotten stays there?

Yes: But as with any medicine it's risk vrs. benefit. A full set of diagnostic dental x-Rays is less radiation than spending a day in the sun. The health care community is very careful about the exposure you receive, taking only those films or digital films required to aid in your treatment. ...Read more

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In a terrorist attach where can a person go to have himself checked for radiation exposure? To the e.R.?

In a terrorist attach where can a person go to have himself checked for radiation exposure? To the e.R.?

Hope not: Every er ( at least in ny) is prepared for unexpected such attacks, special decontamination chambers are available, from isolation to treatments. ...Read more

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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

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What is the effect of radiation exposure?

What is the effect of radiation exposure?

Good if well-used: Some radiation exposure is part of daily life and is essentially harmless. There is a threshold under which risks are negligible. Unecessarily increased radiation can be harmful. The benefits are great if used to detect a deadly illness that can be cured. Medically used radiation is beneficial in treating a cancer that has been diagnosed, in which case, benefits far outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Exposure To Radiation (Definition)

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 ...Read more