Toxicological Profile for Ionizing Radiation

September 1999

Toxicological Profile Information

The ATSDR toxicological profile succinctly characterizes the toxicologic and adverse health effects information for the hazardous substance described here. Each peer-reviewed profile identifies and reviews the key literature that describes a hazardous substance's toxicologic properties. Other pertinent literature is also presented, but is described in less detail than the key studies. The complete list of topics covered (chapter titles) is shown at the left and in more detail further down this page.

The focus of the profile is on health and toxicologic information. Therefore, each profile begins with a Public Health Statement that summarizes in nontechnical language, a substance's relevant properties.

A useful two page information sheet, the ToxFAQsTM, is also available.

Toxicological Profile Access

In order to access the ATSDR toxicological profile PDF files below, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download that program free from Adobe.

Complete Profilepdf icon[PDF - 6.13 MB]

Prefacepdf icon[PDF - 587 KB]

1. Public Health Statementpdf icon[PDF - 394 KB]

2. Principles of Ionizing Radiationpdf icon[PDF - 1.05 MB]

3. Summary of Health Effects of Ionizing Radiationpdf icon[PDF - 962 KB]

4. Radiation Accidentspdf icon[PDF - 466 KB]

5. Mechanisms of Biological Effectspdf icon[PDF - 238 KB]

6. Sources of Population Exposure to Ionizing Radiationpdf icon[PDF - 329 KB]

7. Regulationspdf icon[PDF - 876 KB]

8. Levels of Significant Exposure to Radiation and Radioactive Materialpdf icon[PDF - 1.74 MB]

9. Glossarypdf icon[PDF - 221 KB]

10. Referencespdf icon[PDF - 236 KB]

Appendicespdf icon[PDF - 489 KB]


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1999. Toxicological profile for ionizing radiation. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.


All ATSDR toxicological profile PDF files are electronic conversions from other electronic text files. This conversion may have resulted in character translation or format errors.

Regulations or guidelines may change. Please check with the appropriate agency for any changes to the regulations or guidelines cited.

Where can I get more information?

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For more information, contact:
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Office of Innovation and Analytics, Toxicology Section
4770 Buford Highway
Chamblee, GA 30341-3717
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO 888-232-6348 (TTY)
Email: Contact CDC-INFO

ATSDR can also tell you the location of occupational and environmental health clinics. These clinics specialize in recognizing, evaluating, and treating illnesses resulting from exposure to hazardous substances.

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