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  •  Thanks. So "half-a-year" for the I-131, approx. (2+ / 0-)
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    But again, wouldn't the actual physical amount you start with be a factor? It is, after all, an actual tangible substance which is taken into the body which is the danger. I don't understand, logically, how that can be left out of any calculation of potential harm.

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 12:29:13 PM PDT

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    •  Yes of course it would, but people (3+ / 0-)
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      are leaving it out all over the place in this discussion.

      The factors involved include quantity, length of exposure (because the half-life discussion can only start after the source of radiation has stopped emitting it) and half life.

      A large quantity can kill someone within a few days or weeks.  The half life is a non-issue for those people.  

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