Table 2

Potential Consequences of Patient and Medical Personnel Radiation Exposure

Individual PatientAlthough many individual patients receive little or no medical radiation exposure, some receive lifetime doses in excess of 100 mSv. Doses in excess of 100 mSv are associated with a detectable increased cancer risk
PopulationIncreased total exposure incurred by total population of patients has the potential to increase the population incidence of cancer and other radiation-related disorders
Occupationally Exposed WorkersOccupationally exposed physicians and support staff may receive doses as large as 10 mSv per year over a career that may span 30–40 years. The implications of this level of exposure at the level of the individual practitioner are uncertain.