High dose gamma ray exposure vs Low dose gamma ray exposure

In summary, high dose gamma ray exposure is easier for the body to repair than low dose exposure due to the correlation between dosage and duration of exposure. However, high dose exposure also increases the risk of radiation sickness and poisoning. It is unclear if there is a difference in how the damage is repaired in these two situations. A citation is needed to support this information.
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I found out that high dose gamma ray exposure is actually easier for the body to repair than low dose gamma ray exposure. At first this made 0 sense to me as higher dose means you are exposed to more gamma rays per second and thus more damage is done.

But now that I think about it, I think that dosage of gamma rays is correlated to amount of time exposed, in other words high dose = short exposure and low dose = long exposure.

Long exposure increases risk of cancer.
Short exposure lowers that risk.

However, more gamma rays increases the chances of radiation sickness and radiation poisoning.

So is high dose, acute exposure really easier for the body to repair than low dose chronic exposure? And is there a difference in how the damage is repaired in these 2 situations?
 
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found out that high dose gamma ray exposure is actually easier for the body to repair than low dose gamma ray exposure.

Do you have a reference for this?
 
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Yes, please give us a reasonable citation. What you are saying is the duration of exposure is more important than the level of exposure in damaging cells? Maybe @Ygggdrasil can help.
 

1. What is the difference between high dose and low dose gamma ray exposure?

High dose gamma ray exposure refers to a large amount of gamma rays that are absorbed by the body in a short period of time, while low dose gamma ray exposure refers to a smaller amount of gamma rays absorbed over a longer period of time.

2. Which is more harmful, high dose or low dose gamma ray exposure?

In general, high dose gamma ray exposure is more harmful as it can cause more severe damage to the body's cells and tissues. However, both high and low dose exposures can have negative effects on health.

3. What are the potential health effects of high dose gamma ray exposure?

High dose gamma ray exposure can lead to acute radiation syndrome, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. It can also increase the risk of developing cancer and other long-term health problems.

4. Can low dose gamma ray exposure be harmful?

Yes, even though the effects may not be as immediate or severe as high dose exposure, low dose gamma ray exposure can still damage cells and increase the risk of developing health problems over time.

5. How can we protect ourselves from gamma ray exposure?

The best way to protect ourselves from gamma ray exposure is to limit our exposure to sources of gamma rays, such as medical procedures or nuclear accidents. We can also wear protective gear and follow safety protocols when working with sources of gamma rays.

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