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Current radiation protection standards are based on the assumption that all doses, no matter how small, can result in health detriment and the likelihood is directly proportional to dose received; i.e. the accepted dose response relationship for estimating harm is the so-called linear no-threshold (LNT) model. According to the Health Physics Society, there is increasing scientific evidence (see Radiation Hormesis) that this model represents an oversimplification of the biological mechanisms involved and that it results in an overestimation of health risks in the low dose range. The Health Physics Society notes that radiogenic health effects (primarily excess cancers) are observed in human epidemiology studies only at doses in excess of 0.1 Sv delivered at high dose rates. Below this dose, estimation of adverse health effects is speculative.

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Linear no-threshold model

How dangerous is ionising radiation? Wade Allison, Oxford Physics 2006

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