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Title: Americans' Average Radiation Exposure

Abstract

We live with radiation every day. We receive radiation exposures from cosmic rays, from outer space, from radon gas, and from other naturally radioactive elements in the earth. This is called natural background radiation. It includes the radiation we get from plants, animals, and from our own bodies. We also are exposed to man-made sources of radiation, including medical and dental treatments, television sets and emission from coal-fired power plants. Generally, radiation exposures from man-made sources are only a fraction of those received from natural sources. One exception is high exposures used by doctors to treat cancer patients. Each year in the United States, the average dose to people from natural and man-made radiation sources is about 360 millirem. A millirem is an extremely tiny amount of energy absorbed by tissues in the body.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Yucca Mountain Project, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
840668
Report Number(s):
NA
MOL.20000825.0310, DC#24258; TRN: US0600395
DOE Contract Number:  
NA
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; BACKGROUND RADIATION; NEOPLASMS; PATIENTS; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; RADIATION SOURCES; RADON; TELEVISION; RADIATION DOSES; RADIOLOGY

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NA. Americans' Average Radiation Exposure. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/840668.
NA. Americans' Average Radiation Exposure. United States. doi:10.2172/840668.
NA. Fri . "Americans' Average Radiation Exposure". United States. doi:10.2172/840668. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/840668.
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abstractNote = {We live with radiation every day. We receive radiation exposures from cosmic rays, from outer space, from radon gas, and from other naturally radioactive elements in the earth. This is called natural background radiation. It includes the radiation we get from plants, animals, and from our own bodies. We also are exposed to man-made sources of radiation, including medical and dental treatments, television sets and emission from coal-fired power plants. Generally, radiation exposures from man-made sources are only a fraction of those received from natural sources. One exception is high exposures used by doctors to treat cancer patients. Each year in the United States, the average dose to people from natural and man-made radiation sources is about 360 millirem. A millirem is an extremely tiny amount of energy absorbed by tissues in the body.},
doi = {10.2172/840668},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Aug 11 00:00:00 EDT 2000},
month = {Fri Aug 11 00:00:00 EDT 2000}
}

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