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May 30, 1977

Genetic Damage From Diagnostic Radiation

JAMA. 1977;237(22):2399-2401. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270490039021

Using the data from the Tri-State Leukemia Survey and a mathematical model, the hypothesis that low levels of diagnostic radiation produce severe genetic damage that is expressed in the child of the exposed person as leukemia and other diseases is tested. It is estimated that for about 1% of the exposed persons who are affected by radiation, there is a 50-fold increase in the risk of leukemia and a five-fold increase in certain other diseases.

(JAMA 237:2399-2401, 1977)