Increasing Incidence of Radiation Sickness Boosting Radiation Dose Management Sector

Exposure to high radiation doses in a short span of time can sometimes lead to life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and radiation sickness, symptomized by nausea, fainting, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, and bleeding. Radiation exposure not only affects patients, but it can also hit the public, as well as those who are inside emergency and medical settings; therefore, the need to determine and control radiation exposure is supporting the radiation dose management (RDM) sector.

For instance, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration, for nuclear medicine, the average adult effective dose is between 0.2 and 416 mSv and the estimated dose equivalent (no. of chest X-rays) is 10–2050. Furthermore, the prevalence of chronic diseases, such as cancer, hepatitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is increasing. These diseases are detected by various imaging techniques, including computed tomography, which require different radioactive compounds for functioning.

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