Late Effects of Low Doses and Dose Rates
Studies on the quantification of health hazards to man due to exposure by small doses of ionizing radiation delivered at low dose rates belong to the most difficult problems in radiation research. Sometimes this field is even associated with “parascience” because of the difficulties encountered in searching for any significant effect in this region. Whereas the lectures 5 and 7 by Silini put more emphazis on a description of the types of biological radiation effects and on the risk estimates actually used in practical radiological protection work, this lecture will put more weight on an outline of the spectrum of problems and approaches used in work on the derivation of quantitative prognoses of late effects in man of low doses and dose rates. Because of the wide scope of such risk analytic investigations, in one lecture it will only be possible to give you some impression of the complexity of this topic and of concepts to cope with it, rather than a thorough discussion of our present knowledge.
KeywordsDose Rate Late Effect Radiation Protection Standardize Mortality Ratio Radiation Risk
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