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Figure 6.10. Localized Radiation Effects

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Organ System Threshold Effects:

  • Skin—No visible injuries: <100 rem
    • Main erythema, epilation: >5000 rem
    • Most desquamation: >1,800 rem
    • Ulceration/Necrosis: >2,400 rem
  • Cataracts
    • Acute Exposure: >200 rem
    • Chronic Exposure: >600 rem
  • Permanent Sterility
    • Female: >250 rem
    • Male: >350 rem

Source: Health Physics Society. From "Emergency Department Management of Radiation Casualties," a presentation for hospital staff trainees. Available for download at

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