Radiation effects and risks: overview and a new risk perception index.


Journal Article (Review)

Uncertainty provides opportunities for differences in perception, and radiation risks at low level of exposures involved in few computed tomography scans fall in this category. While there is good agreement among national and international organisations on risk probability of cancer, risk perception has barely been dealt with by these organisations. Risk perception is commonly defined as the subjective judgment that people make about the characteristics and severity of a risk. Severity and latency are important factors in perception. There is a need to connect all these. Leaving risk perception purely as a subjective judgement provides opportunities for people to amplifying risk. The author postulates a risk perception index as severity divided by latency that becomes determining factor for risk perception. It is hoped that this index will bring rationality in risk perception.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rehani, MM

Published Date

  • July 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 165 / 1-4

Start / End Page

  • 7 - 9

PubMed ID

  • 25836696

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25836696

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1742-3406

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/rpd/ncv117


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England