chapter  4
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Acute Radiation Sickness: Underlying Principles and Assessment

Introduction ......................................................................................................................................33 Criteria for Diagnosis and Prognosis ..............................................................................................34 Effect of Local Radiation Injury on Acute Radiation Sickness......................................................41 Acute Radiation Effects from Internal Contamination ...................................................................42 Early Identification and Management of ARS Patients ..................................................................48 References ........................................................................................................................................49

Acute radiation sickness (ARS) is a group of clinical syndromes developing acutely (within several seconds to 3 days) postexposure to penetrating ionizing radiation above average whole-body doses of 1 Gy. Some authors use the term