[ RadSafe ] Myth or Fact?

Muckerheide, Jim (CDA) Jim.Muckerheide at state.ma.us
Thu Aug 24 16:57:33 CDT 2006

Right; so he's treating a dental xray as 1 mrem. I suppose he could say "new machine, fast film"? :-)

-----Original Message-----
From:	radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl on behalf of Sandy Perle
Sent:	Thu 8/24/2006 5:47 PM
To:	radsafe; Bev
Subject:	Re: [ RadSafe ] Myth or Fact?

On 24 Aug 2006 at 16:34, Bev wrote:

> Hello Radsafers,
>     I recently read a book called "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity" by John Stossel of 20/20 fame. In it he makes a case for food irradiation, which was refreshing to hear from a member of the media.
>  Everything was going fine until I got to the part where he states "Every year, the average U.S. citizen is exposed to natural radiation equal to about 360 dental X-rays."
> Now, I'm certainly no expert on this, but that figure does seem pretty high to me. So, I'll ask the experts, (you folks), what you think. Myth or fact? I'm curious.

Should have said to about 360 mrem per year (natural + man-made 

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