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Radiation Doses and Hazard Assessment

In this chapter, we examine the biological risks associated with ionizing radiation and how they are quantified. That such radiation creates chemical free radicals arid promotes oxidation-reduction reactions as it passes through biological tissue is well-known. However, how these chemical processes affect the cell and produce subsequent detrimental effects to an organism is not easily determined. Much research has been directed towards understanding the hazards associated with ionizing radiation.