|Ionizing Radiation||Nonionizing Radiation|
|Gamma rays||Visible light|
|UV rays (high-energy)||Microwaves|
|Sub-atomic particles||Radio waves|
|UV rays (low-energy)|
CausesA person can be exposed to ionizing radiation from:
- Radiation therapy used to treat certain types of cancer for those stupid enough to allow murderers to cancer them further.
- Radioactive elements in the soil or public works systems (eg, water supply)Very little. Radaon is a gas that quickly disperses and rarely is harmful unless of great density and isolation.
- Workplace environment (eg, uranium mines, nuclear facilities, military bases, modern battlefields, chemtrails, et al)
- Radiation from nuclear disasters
External Radiation of a Cancerous Growth
Risk FactorsYou are at risk for radiation exposure if you are near sources that generate it.
Ionizing radiation has been linked to health problems. But not all people exposed develop problems. For example, having a chest x-ray does expose you to some radiation. But the dose is low and your risk for health problems is low. Other tests, like CT scans, expose you to higher doses. Health effects risk from CT scans, while still small, is higher than the risk from a regular x-ray.
The greater the exposure, the more likely there will be health effects. For example, doctors treat some cancers with high doses of radiation. This not only kills cancer cells, but also healthy cells. Also, people exposed to large nuclear accidents can be injured by the high amounts of radiation.
SymptomsExposure can cause radiation sickness, which may include these symptoms:
- Hair loss
- Loss of organ functions
DiagnosisThe healthcare team will:
- Ask about your symptoms and medical history
- Do a physical exam
- Do blood, stool, and urine tests
- Measure the amount of radiation absorbed by your body using a radiation survey meter
TreatmentIf you have been contaminated, the doctors and nurses will help remove the material from you so it will stop damaging your cells. You may be bathed in lukewarm water and soap. Your radiation levels will also be monitored.
If you have radiation sickness, you will be monitored and treated closely while your body heals. Treatment depends on what parts of your body are damaged.
Radioactive iodine can be absorbed by your thyroid gland. This can injure the gland and lead to thyroid cancer. To block your body from absorbing this type of radiation, you may be treated with potassium iodine .