Alternative Names: Radiation sickness.
Radiation poisoning results when humans or animals are exposed to large doses of ionizing radiation. This exposure can be in the form of a single large exposure (acute exposure), or a series of small exposures spread over time (chronic exposure).
Ionizing radiation produces immediate chemical effects on human tissue.
X-rays, gamma rays, neutron beams, electron beams and other sources of ionizing radiation exist. Exposure from X-rays or gamma rays is measured in units of roentgens.
Acute exposure usually results in a characteristic set of symptoms that appear in an orderly fashion. Chronic exposure usually results in delayed medical problems such as cancer and premature aging.
Symptoms of acute exposure include:
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