All living beings are exposed to natural, and sometimes artificial, radioactivity. The radiation doses are very low, but absorbed regularly over decades. Evaluating the effects of this chronic exposure involves a very complicated process. It is nevertheless essential in order to adapt in the best possible way the policies for prevention and protection of exposed populations. Hence the launch of new research programs over the last few years, in particular by IRSN.
A better understanding of low doses
We talk about low doses when radiation doses are below 100 millisieverts. A brief overview.
Chronic exposure in the spotlight
To determine the long-term effects of chronic low-dose irradiation and contamination, IRSN experts are investigating epidemiological fields, and are also doing experimental and clinical research.
Research is on a European scale
To ensure adequate efficiency and the continuation of research programs and their financing, scientists in the European Union now work as a network.