Chapter3: Biological Effects page 3-1 3 • BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATION INTRODUCTION This chapter deals with the effects ofionizing radiation on the body. A large number of experimental data are available on the adverse effects of radiation on reproductive health, which included infertility, sexual dysfunction, miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, … Four things can happen when radiation enters a cell: 1. The RBEs given in Table \(\PageIndex{1}\) are approximate, but they yield certain insights. Limited survival. Many countries have introduced limits on allowable radon concentrations in indoor air, often requiring the measurement of radon concentrations in a house prior to its sale. What happens inside a cell exposed to ionizing radiation, and more generally what are the biomedical effects of radiation. (c) 160 mSv of β– and γ rays from the 40K in your body. The mass of affected lung tissue is 2.00 kg, the plutonium decays by emission of a 5.23-MeV α particle, and you may assume the higher value of the RBE for α s from Table 1. For both cancer and genetic defects, the approach to safety has been to use the linear hypothesis, which is likely to be an overestimate of the risks of low doses. Neutrons cause more damage than \(\gamma\) rays, although both are neutral and have large ranges, because neutrons often cause secondary radiation when they are captured. The two known long-term effects of radiation are cancer and genetic defects. Since the techniques and methods accepted today to quantify radiation dose were absent at that time, first findings and studies were barely qualitative. There is some evidence that, unlike the immediate effects of radiation, the long-term effects are cumulative and there is little self-repair. Nonionizing radiation is relatively low in energy, and the energy is transferred to matter in the form of heat. Kim SH(1), Kim YS(1), Lee HJ(1), Jo YD(1), Kim JB(1), Kang SY(1). Certain researchers even claim that low doses are beneficial. A biological oxygen enhancement effect and a chemical oxygen enhancement effect have both been recognized. The SI equivalent of the rem is the sievert (Sv), defined to be, Whole-body, single-exposure doses of 0.1 Sv or less are low doses while those of 0.1 to 1 Sv are moderate, and those over 1 Sv are high doses. Medical and dental diagnostic exposures are mostly from x-rays. 2. Internal doses come from foods and liquids that we ingest. Worse yet, plutonium has a long radioactive half-life and is not readily eliminated by the body, and so it will remain in the lungs. Significant reduction in blood cell counts, brief nausea and vomiting. Figure 2. Have questions or comments? Positive effects may occur at low doses that could be a problem at high doses. If the person had a whole-body dose of 2.00 rad of \(\alpha\) radiation, then the dose in rem would be \((2.00 \, rad)(20) = 40.0 \, rem\) whole body. Through the displacement of electrons (ionization), ionizing radiation effectively disrupts molecular bonds. Cosmic rays are partially shielded by the atmosphere, and the dose depends upon altitude and latitude, but the average is about 0.40 mSv/y. Although the energy per kilogram in 1 rad is small, it has significant effects since the energy causes ionization. You must specify the affected region, such as the whole body or forearm in addition to giving the numerical dose in rads. Significant reduction in blood cell counts, brief nausea and vomiting. Shielding absorbs radiation and can be provided by any material, including sufficient air. For both cancer and genetic defects, the approach to safety has been to use the linear hypothesis, which is likely to be an overestimate of the risks of low doses. The greater the distance from the source, the more the radiation spreads out. Find the energy in MeV of a photon having a wavelength of a picometer. (This is true of homes and schools in certain regions near uranium mines.). (a) Define And Contrast Ionizing Versus Non-ionizing Radiation In Terms Of Their Impact On Water Molecules. But 100 rem (1 Sv), which was the dose received by the average Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivor, causes a 3 percent risk, which can be observed in the presence of a 20 percent normal or natural incidence rate. Fear of radiation must not be permitted to undermine the great value of … The estimated exposure for 222Rn is controversial. The lifetime risk of a genetic defect due to a 1 rem exposure is about 100 in a million or \(3.3/10^6 \, rem \cdot y\), but the normal incidence is 60,000 in a million. What is the dose in mSv for: (a) a 0.1 Gy x-ray? So, the number of decays per year is obtained by multiplying by the number of seconds in a year: \[(3.70 \times 10^4 \, decays/s)(3.16 \times 10^7 \, s) = 1.17 \times 10^{12} \, decays.\], Thus, the ionizing energy deposited per year is, \[E = (1.17 \times 10^{12} \, decays)(5.23 \, MeV/decay) \times \left(\dfrac{1.60 \times 10^{-13} \, J}{MeV}\right) = 0.\], Dividing by the mass of the affected tissue gives, \[\dfrac{E}{mass} = \dfrac{0.978 \, J}{2.00 \, kg} = 0.490 \, J/kg.\], One Gray is 1.00 J/kg, and so the dose in Gy is, \[dose \, in \, Gy = \dfrac{0.489 \, J/kg}{1.00 \, (J/kg)/Gy} = 0.489 \, Gy.\], Now, the dose in Sv is \[dose \, in Sv = Gy \times RBE\]\[= (0.489 \, Gy)(20) = 9.8 \, Sv.\]. Step 6. Step 5. Study Biological effects of Ionizing Radiation - MT1 - 5Qs flashcards from F S's class online, or in Brainscape's iPhone or Android app. Recent studies indicate there is more radon in homes than had been realized, and it is speculated that radon may be responsible for 20 percent of lung cancers, being particularly hazardous to those who also smoke. Once again, there is an underlying simplicity in nature, even in complicated biological organisms. First note that the dose is given to two digits, because the RBE is (at best) known only to two digits. Table \(\PageIndex{2}\) summarizes the units that are used for radiation. The RBE for low-energy β s is 1.7, whereas that for higher-energy β s is only 1. A cell with a damaged ability to repair DNA, which could have been induced by ionizing radiation, can do one of the following: Since ionizing radiation damages the DNA, which is critical in cell reproduction, it has its greatest effect on cells that rapidly reproduce, including most types of cancer. Biological Radiation Effects 3 Non-ionizing radiation Ionizing radiation Ionization energy of soft tissue 12.4 eV or 100 nm . It is like an auto check and repair mechanism. Chernobyl victims will be studied for many decades, with some data already available. Temporary sterility; 0.35 for women, 0.50 for men. Biological Effects Of Ionizing Radiation. Animal studies do not seem to correlate well with effects on humans and are not very helpful. [latex]\frac{E}{\text{mass}}=\frac{0.978\text{ J}}{2.00\text{ kg}}=0.489\text{ J/kg}\\[/latex]. How do we understand these effects? Since about 20 percent of all worldwide deaths are from cancer, the increase due to a 1 rem exposure is impossible to detect demographically. What information is needed to be able to assess possible damage? At higher doses, nausea and hair loss are observed, which may be due to interference with cell reproduction. So, the number of decays per year is obtained by multiplying by the number of seconds in a year: (3.70 × 104 decays/s)(3.16 × 107s) = 1.17 × 1012 decays. Radon can diffuse from the soil into homes, especially basements. The latter two quantities are given, and so the main task in this example will be to find the energy deposited in one year. As a result, radiation effects on humans proceed from the lowest to the highest levels as noted in the above list. This work is licensed by OpenStax University Physics under a Creative Commons Attribution License (by 4.0). 1 Values approximate, difficult to determine. http://cnx.org/contents/031da8d3-b525-429c-80cf-6c8ed997733a/College_Physics. The radiation may damage the cell, but the cell repairs the damage; 3. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) or quality factor (QF) is given in Table \(\PageIndex{1}\) for several types of ionizing radiation—the effect of the radiation is directly proportional to the RBE. All the effects of ionizing radiation on biological tissue can be understood by knowing that ionizing radiation affects molecules within cells, particularly DNA molecules. Lethal to 50% of the population within 32 days after exposure if not treated. The main effects of radiation on he human embryo and fetus are: growth retardation, prenatal or neonatal death, congenital malformations and mental retardation. The cell can go into an irreversible state of dormancy, known as senescence. Let us take a brief look at molecules within cells and how cells operate. It should be constantly active and needs to respond rapidly. LD50/32. Note that the RBEs are 1 for higher-energy \(\beta\)s, \(\gamma\)s, and x-rays, three of the most common types of radiation. 8. The cell can commit suicide, known as programmed cell death. Thus, the ionizing energy deposited per year is. Cancer is characterized by a malfunction of cell reproduction, and can also be caused by ionizing radiation. One exception is the thyroid scan using 131I. Almost all soil contains some \(^{226}Ra\) and \(^{222}Rn\), but radon is lower in mainly sedimentary soils and higher in granite soils. In terms of potential biological effects, the non-ionizing portion of the spectrum can be subdivided into: The optical radiation portion, where electron excitation can occur (visible light, infrared light) The portion where the wavelength is smaller than the body. So we are all a little radioactive. This has been exceeded in the United States only at the time of the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident in 1979. The incidence of genetic defects induced by radiation is about one-third that of cancer deaths, but is much more poorly known. The harmful effects of α-radiation are approximately 20 times greater than for β- or γ-radiation. (credit: U.S. Navy), 5. All living things are composed of one or more cells. Thus, 0.01 J of ionizing energy can create a huge number of ion pairs and have an effect at the cellular level. Absorbed doses from nuclear medicine procedures are very low. For example, 1 rad of \(\gamma\) radiation is also 1 rem. Rarely fatal. Why is radon more closely associated with inducing lung cancer than other types of cancer? For ionizing radiation, the kinetic energy of particles (photons, electrons, etc.) Fatal within hours due to collapse of central nervous system. The activity R = 1.00 μCi = 3.70 × 104 Bq = 3.70 × 104 decays/s. Slight to moderate decrease in white blood cell counts. Carbon-14 has about 66 Bq/kg radioactivity whereas fertilizers may have more than 3000 Bq/kg radioactivity. Which methods of radiation protection were used in the device shown in the first photo in Figure 3? [latex]\text{dose in Gy}=\frac{0.489\text{ J/kg}}{1.00\text{ (J/kg)/Gy}}=0.489 \text{ Gy}\\[/latex]. To discuss quantitatively the biological effects of ionizing radiation, we need a radiation dose unit that is directly related to those effects. Note the large dose from a CT scan. (b) 2.5 mGy of neutron exposure to the eye? 5. That is, for a given dose in rads, the effects depend on whether the radiation is \(\alpha\), \(\beta\), \(\gamma\), x-ray, or some other type of ionizing radiation. 3. knowledge a reasonable presumption is that increased exposure to radiation carries an increased probability of subsequent "stochastic" health effects. Give Examples Of Each. If the radiation exposure is spread out over more time, greater doses are needed to cause the effects listed. Yet those that emit γ radiation are hazardous outside and inside. Higher doses are allowed for the hands. To physically limit radiation doses, we use shielding, increase the distance from a source, and limit the time of exposure. With the possible exception of routine dental x-rays, radiation is used diagnostically only when needed so that the low risk is justified by the benefit of the diagnosis. Table gives the immediate effects of whole-body exposures received in less than one day. In living organisms, such disruption can cause extensive damage to cells and their genetic material. Such low levels may help certain repair mechanisms to develop or enable cells to adapt to the effects of the low exposures. There is a latency period for the onset of radiation-induced cancer of about 2 years for leukemia and 15 years for most other forms. If a dose in mSv is involved, determine the RBE (QF) of the radiation. Nausea, vomiting, hair loss, severe blood damage, hemorrhage, fatalities. Evidence of such a small increase, tragic as it is, is nearly impossible to obtain. Diagnostic doses are generally low and have further lowered with improved techniques and faster films. A radiation dose unit called the rad is defined in terms of the ionizing energy deposited per kilogram of tissue: \[1 \, rad = 0.01 \, J/kg.\], The SI unit for radiation dose is the gray (Gy), which is defined to be \(1 \, Gy = 1 \, J/kg = 100 \, rad.\), To account for the effect of the type of particle creating the ionization, we use the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) or quality factor (QF) given in, Particles that have short ranges or create large ionization densities have RBEs greater than unity. It can cause cancer, burns, and hair loss, yet it is used to treat and even cure cancer. 4. 7. Louis H. Hempelmann, Division of Experimental Radiology John B. Hursh, Department of Radiation Biology Marylou Ingram, Department of Radiation Biology Thomas R. … So we are all a little radioactive. This is analogous to the risk of skin cancer from UV exposure, which is known to be cumulative. Inadvertent doses to the public are limited to 1/10 of occupational doses, except for those caused by nuclear power, which cannot legally expose the public to more than 1/1000 of the occupational limit or 0.05 mSv/y (5 mrem/y). Even the linear hypothesis estimates of the risks are relatively small, and the average person is not exposed to large amounts of radiation. Ironically, it could be argued that the higher levels of radon exposure and their geographic variability, taken with the lack of demographic evidence of any effects, means that low-level radiation is less dangerous than previously thought. Chernobyl is another story. While CT scans only account for less than 20 percent of the x-ray procedures done today, they account for about 50 percent of the annual dose received. Children were fascinated with them. Fertilizers containing phosphates have potassium and uranium. 6. Dose in rem is defined by \(1 \, rad = 0.01 \, J/kg\) and \(rem = rad \times RBE\). The less time a person is exposed to a given source, the smaller is the dose received by the person. Ionizing radiation (ionising radiation) is radiation that carries enough energy to detach electrons from atoms or molecules, thereby ionizing them. For example, there is no evidence of increased genetic defects among the offspring of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors. Therefore, we define a radiation dose unit called the rad, as \(1/100\) of a joule of ionizing energy deposited per kilogram of tissue, which is, For example, if a 50.0-kg person is exposed to ionizing radiation over her entire body and she absorbs 1.00 J, then her whole-body radiation dose is, \[(1.00 \, J)/(50.0 \, kg) = 0.0200 \, J/kg = 2.00 \, rad.\], If the same 1.00 J of ionizing energy were absorbed in her 2.00-kg forearm alone, then the dose to the forearm would be, \[(1,00 \, J)/(2.00 \, kg) = 0.500 \, J/kg = 50.0 \, rad,\], and the unaffected tissue would have a zero rad dose. Because of its relatively long half-life, it exposes the thyroid to about 0.75 Sv. However, the rad is still commonly used. In human cells, we can have as many as a million individual instances of damage to DNA per cell per day. The first case of human injury was reported in the literature just a few months following Roentgen's original paper in 1895 announcing the discovery of x … Department: Department Of Applied Medical Science Faculty: Medicine And Health Sciences; Tags. A radiation dose unit called the rad is defined in terms of the ionizing energy deposited per kilogram of tissue: The SI unit for radiation dose is the gray (Gy), which is defined to be, To account for the effect of the type of particle creating the ionization, we use the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) or quality factor (QF) given in Table 1 and define a unit called the roentgen equivalent man (rem) as, Particles that have short ranges or create large ionization densities have RBEs greater than unity. Step 2. A 12-hour flight might give you an exposure of 0.02 to 0.03 mSv. Rarely fatal. 6. The cell can go into unregulated cell division leading to tumors and cancers. The biological effects of ionizing radiation are due to two effects it has on cells: interference with cell reproduction, and destruction of cell function. The cell can go into an irreversible state of dormancy, known as senescence. actuality, ionizing radiation, by definition, interacts only with atoms by a process called ionization. Every part of your body consists of cells or was built by them. Extensive monitoring with a variety of radiation detectors is performed to assure radiation safety. However, if the range of the radiation is small, as it is for \(\alpha\) paticles, then the ionization and the damage created is more concentrated and harder for the organism to repair, as seen in Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). For that reason, rads are still widely quoted rather than rem. Immediate effects are explained by the effects of radiation on cells and the sensitivity of rapidly reproducing cells to radiation. Nausea, vomiting, hair loss, severe blood damage, hemorrhage, fatalities. Biological effects of three types of ionizing radiation on creeping bentgrass. Title: Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation 1 Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation USACE BASIC RADIATION PROTECTION TRAINING 2 Overview. Cosmic rays are partially shielded by the atmosphere, and the dose depends upon altitude and latitude, but the average is about 0.40 mSv/y. The technician stands a few meters away behind a lead-lined door with a lead glass window, reducing her occupational exposure. Ionizing radiation is made up of energetic subatomic particles, ions or atoms moving at high speeds (usually greater than 1% of the speed of light), and electromagnetic waves on the high-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum. Thus, the exposure to the public can vary greatly, even within short distances. Itdescribes the possible and probable short-termand long-termeffects produced by ionizing radiation depositing energy in living tissue. Biological effects of ionizing radiation in humans, due to physical and chemical processes, occur immediately following the passage of radiation through living matter. Half of the γ rays that pass through the first layer of lead are absorbed in a second layer of equal thickness. (credit: Andrew Kuchling ) (b) Now that we know the effects of exposure to radioactive material, safety is a priority. Occur by chance ; Occur in both exposed and … 3 Multiply by 100 to obtain dose in mrem/y. A book entitled Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Exposure Countermeasures Current Status Future Perspectives written by Anonim, published by Unknown which was released on 01 January 1970. Because of its relatively long half-life, it exposes the thyroid to about 0.75 Sv. Since about 20 percent of all worldwide deaths are from cancer, the increase due to a 1 rem exposure is impossible to detect demographically. Damage to DNA consists of breaks in chemical bonds or other changes in the structural features of the DNA chain, leading to changes in the genetic code. The estimated exposure for \(^{222}Rn\) is controversial. Animal studies do not seem to correlate well with effects on humans and are not very helpful. When the growth of hair cells slows, the hair follicles become thin and break off. LD50/32. Step 3. Radon is usually more pronounced underground and in buildings with low air exchange with the outside world. Slight to moderate decrease in white blood cell counts. Inadvertent doses to the public are limited to \(1/10\) of occupational doses, except for those caused by nuclear power, which cannot legally expose the public to more than \(1/1000\) of the occupational limit or 0.05 mSv/y (5 mrem/y). For more information contact us at info@libretexts.org or check out our status page at https://status.libretexts.org. The radiation may pass through without any damage occurring; 2. All biological damage effects begin with the consequence of radiation interactions with the atoms forming the cells. A good example of the variation of cosmic radiation dose with altitude comes from the airline industry. See how random decay times relate to the half life. The SI unit for radiation dose is the gray (Gy), which is defined to be. This may take one or more steps, depending on the given information. Cells in the lining of the digestive system also rapidly reproduce, and their destruction causes nausea. Positive effects may occur at low doses that could be a problem at high doses. Thus, the exposure to the public can vary greatly, even within short distances. Biological Effects of Exposure to Radiation Laws regulate radiation doses to which people can be exposed. Other x-ray procedures range upward to about 10 mSv in a CT scan, and about 5 mSv (0.5 rem) per dental x-ray, again both only affecting the tissue imaged. Medical images with radiopharmaceuticals give doses ranging from 1 to 5 mSv, usually localized. A good example of the variation of cosmic radiation dose with altitude comes from the airline industry. Below about 150 rad, these symptoms, which are no different from those produced by a common viral infection, may be the only outward indication of radiation exposure. The large-scale effects of radiation on humans can be divided into two categories: immediate effects and long-term effects. Step 4. Table lists average annual background radiation doses from natural and artificial sources for Australia, the United States, Germany, and world-wide averages. Dose in rem is defined by 1 rad = 0.01 J/kg and rem = rad × RBE. Explain why. Fast films limit the time needed to obtain images, reducing exposure to the imaged tissue. The isotope \(^{123}I\) is more difficult to produce, but its short half-life limits thyroid exposure to about 15 mSv. The activity \(R = 1.00 \, \mu Ci = 3.70 \times 10^4 \, Bq = 3.70 \times 10^4\) decays/s. The mass of affected lung tissue is 2.00 kg, the plutonium decays by emission of a 5.23-MeV \(\alpha\) particle, and you may assume the higher value of the RBE for \(\alpha\)s from Table. The activity \(R\) of a source depends upon the quantity of material (kg) as well as the half-life. In the earlier discussion of the range of ionizing radiation, it was noted that energy is deposited in a series of ionizations and not in a single interaction. Let us take a brief look at molecules within cells and how cells operate. Chest x-rays give the lowest doses—about 0.1 mSv to the tissue affected, with less than 5 percent scattering into tissues that are not directly imaged. Table shows typical doses received during various diagnostic x-ray examinations. These machines were used in shoe stores until laws preventing such unwarranted radiation exposure were enacted in the 1950s. To physically limit radiation doses, we use shielding, increase the distance from a source, and limit the time of exposure. Sievert; dose; deterministic effects; stochastic effects; cancer ; free radicals; Related Materials. Being an \(\alpha\) emitter makes the effects 10 to 20 times worse than the same ionization produced by \(\beta\)s, \(\gamma\) rays, or x-rays. Higher doses are allowed for the hands. Calculate the dose in rem/y for the lungs of a weapons plant employee who inhales and retains an activity of 1.00 μCi of 239Pu in an accident. Almost all soil contains some 226Ra and 222Rn, but radon is lower in mainly sedimentary soils and higher in granite soils. Identify exactly what needs to be determined in the problem (identify the unknowns). Each ion pair or ionization requires a certain amount of energy, so that the number of ion pairs is directly proportional to the amount of the deposited ionizing energy. The rate of DNA repair depends on various factors such as the cell type and age of the cell. If so, what makes them more sensitive? The less time a person is exposed to a given source, the smaller is the dose received by the person. The energy deposited is divided by the mass of tissue affected and then multiplied by the RBE. RSSC BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATION 08/11 5-3 BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATION I. Multiply by 100 to obtain dose in mrem/y. INTRODUCTION The fact that ionizing radiation produces biological damage has been known for many years. 21.1 The various biological effects of ionizing radiation. Deformities and miscarriage may also occur. Medical and dental diagnostic exposures are mostly from x-rays. Since the activity of the source is given, we can calculate the number of decays, multiply by the energy per decay, and convert MeV to joules to get the total energy. Medical images with radiopharmaceuticals give doses ranging from 1 to 5 mSv, usually localized. The greatest occupational whole-body dose that is allowed depends upon the country and is about 20 to 50 mSv/y and is rarely reached by medical and nuclear power workers. Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors and a smaller number of people exposed by their occupation, such as radium dial painters, have been fully documented. Doses from most medical diagnostics have decreased in recent years due to faster films that require less exposure time. Omitting many details, the overall risk of a radiation-induced cancer death per year per rem of exposure is about 10 in a million, which can be written as \(10/10^6 \, rem \cdot y\). Much lower doses are permitted for the reproductive organs and the fetuses of pregnant women. Monitored personnel show an average of 2 mSv/y. Legal. Values approximate, difficult to determine. Ironically, it could be argued that the higher levels of radon exposure and their geographic variability, taken with the lack of demographic evidence of any effects, means that low-level radiation is less dangerous than previously thought. Internal doses come from foods and liquids that we ingest. Once again, there is an underlying simplicity in nature, even in complicated biological organisms. What is the dose in Sv in a cancer treatment that exposes the patient to 200 Gy of γ rays? Suppose a person swallows some radioactive material by accident. Indirect ; Specific Biological Effects ; Risk Estimates ; 3 Stochastic (Random) Effects. The developing embryo and fetus are extremely sensitive to ionizing radiation. Increased ventilation in uranium mines has lowered the dose there to about 1 mSv/y. For example, a significant increase in childhood thyroid cancer has been observed. Radiation toxicity involves exposure to ionizing radiation, most commonly in the alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta wavelengths, which causes damage at the chromosomal and cellular levels. If a person receives a dose of 1 rem, his risk each year of dying from radiation-induced cancer is 10 in a million and that risk continues for about 30 years. For dose calculations, you need to determine the energy deposited. 1. Certain researchers even claim that low doses are beneficial. The incidence of genetic defects induced by radiation is about one-third that of cancer deaths, but is much more poorly known. No biological effects in individuals have ever been documented as being due to levels of ionizing radiation employed for medical diagnosis. Its actual hazard depends on how likely it is to be spread out among a large population and then ingested. Some places have great natural concentrations of uranium and thorium, yielding doses ten times as high as the average value. 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