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Ethical issues of current policies on low dose ionizing radiation

Socol, Dobrzynski, Doss, Feinendegen, Janiak, Miller, Sanders, Scott, Ulsh, Vaiserman
USA Poland Germany Israel

The linear no-threshold (LNT) model of ionizing-radiation-induced cancer is based on the assumption that every radiation dose increment constitutes increased cancer risk for humans. The risk is hypothesized to increase linearly as the total dose increases. While this model is the basis for radiation safety regulations, its scientific validity has been questioned and debated for many decades. The recent memorandum of the International Commission on Radiological Protection admits that the LNT-model predictions at low doses are “speculative, unproven, undetectable and ‘phantom’.” The authors have made this report available at (