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Quality Improvement in Transfusion Medicine:

A Mayo Clinic Process to Reduce Incompatible Transfusions

May 2011

Radiation Exposure

Dr. Thomas P. Moyer, PhD, a consultant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Dr. Michael K. O’Connor, a consultant in the Department of Radiology, both at Mayo Clinic Rochester provide “Advice for Patients in the United States Worried About Radiation Exposure From Nuclear Power Plant Releases.”

Release of nuclear fission byproducts from the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan has caused concern about radiation exposure in areas outside of Japan. Drs. Moyer and O’Connor provide an outline of the nature of the radiation from these byproducts, and review the radiation levels and dangers associated with this incident relative to the normal background levels of radiation present in the United States.

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