Health risks of medical radiation exposure

«Radiation and Risk», 2011, vol. 20, no. 2, pp.17-28


Ivanov V.K. – Chairman of RSCRP, Deputy Director, Corresponding Member of RAMS. Medical Radiological Research Center of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, Obninsk. Contacts: 4 Korolyov str., Obninsk, Kaluga region, Russia, 249036. Tel.: (495) 956-94-12, (48439) 9-33-90; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Tsyb A.F. – Director, Academician of RAMS. Medical Radiological Research Center of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, Obninsk.
Menyaylo A.N. – Postgraduate Student. Medical Radiological Research Center of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, Obninsk.
Kashcheev V.V. – Senior Researcher, C. Sc., Biol. MRRC.
Mettler F.A. – MD. Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Service, New Mexico VA Health Care Services, USA.


Because of fast growing medical radiation use, estimating possible late health effects of radiation including additional cancer cases becomes a problem of great importance. Since the physician makes a final decision to perform a radiological procedure, it is very important to provide him with objective information about possible radiation-associated risks for every patient. Developed on the basis of ICRP model (Publication 103) universal epidemiological tables for evaluation of radiation-associated risks by taking into account individual features of a patient are presented in the article. Example of evaluation of radiation-associated risks during planning computed tomography examination is presented as well.

Key words
Radiation risk, medical radiation exposure, health effects of radiation, universal epidemiological tables, computed tomography.


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