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Calculating your own natural radiation dose in context

26 Jun 2012, 17:45 UTC
Calculating your own natural radiation dose in context
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A Dose of Radiation Information How much radiation is normal? In light of Fukushima, sensationalized media, political fear-stoking, and rampant misinformation regarding radioactivity, consider this post an easy-to-reference tool/resource. With it, you can be armed to understand and quickly make sense of this over-mystified, natural aspect of reality when it comes up. For starters, here’s the simple reality about how [...]

Traditional Radiation Trefoil Hazard Symbol. (Image credit: Ben McGee)
A Dose of Radiation Information
How much radiation is normal?
In light of Fukushima, sensationalized media, political fear-stoking, and rampant misinformation regarding radioactivity, consider this post an easy-to-reference tool/resource. With it, you can be armed to understand and quickly make sense of this over-mystified, natural aspect of reality when it comes up.
For starters, here’s the simple reality about how much radiation you receive in a year just for standing on Planet Earth:
The average annual radiation dose for a U.S. resident is 360 millirem.

Note: For the international units, divide all “millirem” numbers by 100, (i.e. 3.6 millisieverts.) Or, an online converter can be found here.

However, what does that mean? I’m completely aware that unless you’re a professional in the field of health physics, (as I ...

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