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11:35:01 AM Aug 12th 2016
The "real world" note about the effects of a 10 Sv (1,000 rem) dose equivalent contains a few inaccuracies. Lethal dose equivalent starts, with a low probability, at about 2 Sv, with the radiation killing off the bone marrow. If enough of the bone marrow is killed, and not replaced via transplant, then the patient can die within about a month from the shortage of oxygen-bearing red blood cells produced by the bone marrow. As the dose increases, the chance of death rises, reaching an LD 50/30 (lethal dose for 50% of the exposed population within 30 days) at about 4.5 Sv. With a slightly higher dose, death becomes even more likely within a few weeks as the lining of the intestine sloughs off as described. By the time the dose equivalent reaches 10 Sv, death is certain within days as the radiation exposure destroys the central nervous system (the patient won't last long enough to miss the intestinal lining or bone marrow).
11:20:31 AM Sep 18th 2011
Just one question with the main article: Isn't leukemia a form of cancer?
02:52:41 PM Nov 6th 2012
edited by CarrieVS
Yes. Also acute radiation syndrome isn't what I would call a quick death (there's a nice little table on wikipedia), it's just quicker than cancer. Even at extremely high levels it still takes an unpleasant day or two.
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