Radioactive Sickness

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Causative Agent: A total body exposure of one hundred roentgens of radiation will cause radiation sickness. Although certain medical devices will give you exposure to radiation, the grays of radiation are miniscule and will not cause radiation sickness. There are a few sources that can lead to a high enough exposure of roentgens of radiation. One of these sources involves accidents or attacks involving nuclear facilities. The other has to do with accidents or being the target of radioactive or nuclear weapons and devices, this includes the use of a conventional explosive device that disperses radioactive material, known as a dirty bomb. Historical Information: Back in 1902 when Marie & Pierre Curie were isolating radium, a radioactive…show more content…
Radiation in the body is measured by total body exposure; that being the total combine radiation source of outside and inside the body. Radiation sickness occurs when ionized radiation damages or destroys cells in your body. The areas of the body most susceptible to radiation are cells in the lining of your intestinal tract which include your stomach, and the hematopoietic cells in bone marrow. There are two main types of radiation sickness acute and chronic. Symptoms/ Diagnosis: The symptoms of acute radiation sickness vary based on the exposure. A mild exposure is one to two grays, the symptoms of this included nausea and vomiting within six hours. A moderate exposure of two to six grays, the symptom of a mild exposure will be increased to within two hours with the added symptoms of diarrhea, headache, and fever. All of the symptoms of mild exposure will happen with twenty-four hours. Severe exposure of six to eight grays will increase the onset of moderate exposure symptoms to within four hours. A very severe exposure, which is eight to ten grays and higher will result in the symptoms occurring within two hours, with the beginning symptoms in about 10 minutes, as well as new symptoms which include dizziness, disorientation, and fatigue. With the later symptoms of the sickness most exposures will led to dizziness, disorientation, and fatigue ranging from 1 to 4 weeks. Chronic is usually
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