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Health Effects
Understanding Radiation:  

Calculate Your Radiation Dose

Health Effects
  1. Enter values or select entries where options are provided. (Some entries for the annual dose calculator are already filled in.)
  2. Click the "calculate dose" button.
Source Your Average Annual Dose (mrem)
Cosmic radiation at sea level (from outer space) 26
What is the elevation (in feet) of your town?
Terrestrial (from the ground):
What region of the US do you live in?
Internal radiation (in your body):
From food and water, (e.g., potassium) 40
From air, (radon) 200
Do you wear a plutonium powered pacemaker?
Do you have porcelain crowns or false teeth?
Travel Related Sources:
Add 1 for each 1000 miles traveled by jet this year:
Are X-ray luggage inspection machines used at your airport?
Do you use gas lantern mantles when camping?
Miscellaneous Sources:
Weapons test fallout 1
House construction:
Do you live in a stone, brick, or concrete building?
Do you wear a luminous wristwatch (LCD)?
Do you watch TV?
Do you use a computer terminal?
Do you have a smoke detector in your home?
How many medical x-rays do you receive per year? (40 mrem each)
How many nuclear medical procedures do you receive per year? (14 mrem each)
Do you live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant?
Do you live within 50 miles of a coal fired power plant?

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