Observable Effects of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation

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    At the cellular levels the following are observable effect of ionizing radiation exposure:

    CHROMOSOME BREAKAGE

    CELL DEATH

    ONCOGENIC TRANSFORMATION (Cancer)


    Effects are classified as:



      In direct interactions, the target molecule interacts directly with the radiation. In indirect interactions, an intermediary is the target which then causes an effect on the larger molecules which cause cell damage.


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