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Radiation VHI

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Clinicians can learn about health effects of different kinds of radiation from the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) study guide, Veterans and Radiation (3.43 MB, PDF).

The study guide covers effects of ionizing radiation used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons tests that ended in 1962 and also present in small amounts in depleted uranium used in the Gulf War. The guide also covers non-ionizing radiation from radar and other sources.

Sections include:

  • Adverse health effects of radiation
  • Atomic Veterans
  • Nasopharyngeal radium irradiation
  • Depleted uranium
  • VA research on radiation
  • Possible use of ionizing radiation as terrorist weapon

The guide is useful for VA and non-VA health care providers caring for Veteran patients. Veterans and the public also may be interested in the guide to learn more about symptoms and treatment. Go to radiation exposure for information geared to Veterans, including how to apply for VA benefits.

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