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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In a terrorist attach where can a person go to have himself checked for radiation exposure? To the e.R.?
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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