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What are the immediate effects of acute radiation exposure? Such as in a nuclear reactor accident?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Radiation
With technology, exposure is minimum.

In brief: Radiation
With technology, exposure is minimum.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. David Djang
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Depends on how much.
A massive amount of radiation would cause death, but it is important to remember most scenarios have much less exposure than that.
Even the workers at the fukushima plant have had very few health problems so far. Compare that with the 400 people who will die from tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose in the us this year. (and yet i still take tylenol (acetaminophen) myself if i need to, and we all still feel it is generally safe.).

In brief: Depends on how much.
A massive amount of radiation would cause death, but it is important to remember most scenarios have much less exposure than that.
Even the workers at the fukushima plant have had very few health problems so far. Compare that with the 400 people who will die from tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose in the us this year. (and yet i still take tylenol (acetaminophen) myself if i need to, and we all still feel it is generally safe.).
Dr. David Djang
Dr. David Djang
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In brief: Depends on the dose
Massive exposure will cause immediate death, as in hiroshima, moderate exposure will cause various carcinomas and other complications.

In brief: Depends on the dose
Massive exposure will cause immediate death, as in hiroshima, moderate exposure will cause various carcinomas and other complications.
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