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exposure

 [eks-po´zhur]
1. the act of laying open, as surgical exposure.
2. the condition of being subjected to something, as to infectious agents or extremes of weather or radiation, which may have a harmful effect.
3. in radiology, a measure of the amount of ionizing radiation at the surface of the irradiated object, such as a person's body; calculated by multiplying milliamperage times exposure time in seconds, expressed in units of milliampere seconds (mAs). See also x-rays.
x-ray exposure see exposure (def. 3).

ex·po·sure

(eks-pō'zhūr),
1. A condition of displaying, revealing, exhibiting, or making accessible.
2. In dentistry, loss of hard tooth structure covering the dental pulp due to caries, dental instrumentation, or trauma.
3. Proximity or contact with a source of a disease agent in such a manner that effective transmission of the agent or harmful effects of the agent may occur.
4. The amount of a factor to which a group or individual was exposed; in contrast to the dosage, the amount that enters or interacts with the organism.
Epidemiology A state of contact or close proximity to a chemical, pathogen, radioisotope or other other substance by ingesting, breathing, or direct contact—e.g., on skin or eyes; exposure may be short term—acute—or long term—chronic

Imaging An image, such as an anteroposterior exposure of the chest
Medical liability The degree of malpractice risk borne by a health care provider while performing a particular medical service
Nuclear physics The amount of ionising radiation in air from X-rays or gamma rays at a specific point in space, defined as the total charge of ions divided by the mass that would completely stop the radiation; the SI unit for exposure is coulomb per kg—C/kg; in human terms, exposure refers to the amount of ionizing radiation to which a person has been subjected

exposure

Epidemiology A state of contact or close proximity to a chemical, pathogen, radioisotope or other other substance by swallowing, breathing, or direct contact–eg, on skin or eyes; exposure may be short term–acute or long term–chronic. See Acute exposure, Athlete exposure, Chronic exposure, Intermediate exposure, Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, Perinatal substance exposure Imaging An image, as an AP exposure of the chest Medical liability A general term for the degree of malpractice risk borne by a health care provider while performing a particular medical service See Risk management.

ex·po·sure

(eks-pō'zhŭr)
1. Contact of a compound with an epithelial barrier such as the skin, eyes, respiratory tract, or gastrointestinal tract before absorption occurs.
See also: exposed dose, external dose
2. Physical effects caused by harsh weather.
3. Placing an object or person in a given environmental state.

exposure

  1. the aspect of a particular location with respect to the points of the compass, for example, some garden plants, such as the peach tree in England, prefer a southern exposure.
  2. a rock outcrop.
  3. a soil section.

ex·po·sure

(eks-pō'zhŭr)
1. In dentistry, loss of hard tooth structure covering the dental pulp due to caries, dental instrumentation, or trauma.
2. A condition of displaying, revealing, exhibiting, or making accessible.
3. Proximity to contact with a source of a disease agent in such a manner that effective transmission of the agent or harmful effects of the agent may occur.

Patient discussion about exposure

Q. I feel some effects due to less exposure to sunlight. I heard that UV lighting is effective for depression. I’m living in northwest pacific; the summers are very nice but way to short. I feel some effects due to less exposure to sunlight. I have been told that sun light helps the production of the chemical in the brain that we are deficient of. If true, are there certain types of fixtures and/or bulbs that I should try.

A. Its also called seasonal affective disorder:
http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/disorder

(SAD) depression with fatigue, lethargy, oversleeping, overeating, and carbohydrate craving recurring cyclically during specific seasons, most commonly the winter months.

I would about UV. Perhaps you should get a fluorescent light fixture for the area where you spend the most time each day and turn it on.

The web sites that sell the commercial light boxes want several hundred dollars or even more. (Seems like rip off to me.)
The web page at
http://www.ncpamd.com/seasonal.htm

says "studies suggest that regular fluorescent lights will work as well. UV (ultraviolet) light can damage eyes and skin, so it must be filtered out. It is best to buy a commercially built light box to be sure of the exact amount of light and to be sure that there are no isolated "hot spots" which could damage eyes. Many people still prefer full spectrum (minus UV) light because it i

Q. how do i keep my baby as minimal as passable exposed to the out side world threats? like decease and other things

A. It might seem like a caring attitude, but I'm not sure it's neither possible nor absolutely necessary - babies do get sick, usually only mildly and transiently, so trying to prevent all the cases of fever would be quite impossible.

What you can do, is to maintain the regular infant welfare visits, give him or her the necessary vaccinations (one of the most important things you can do for your child), make sure your baby eats well, regarding both the amount and type of foods, and generally keep a good hygiene: make sure to wash hands after you go to the toilet and before you handle your baby, don't expose him or her to other sick infants etc.

However, all this is just a general advice - if you have specific question you may want to consult your doctor (e.g. a pediatrician).

Take care,

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However, the benefits provided by digital imaging and PACS might have created the tendency to overlook the increase in x-ray exposure that arrived with the installation of CR.
There is no evidence of significant risk to the developing fetus from any single diagnostic x-ray exposure (strength of recommendation: C, based on non-homogenous case-control studies).
Gofman's study rests on the theory (hypothesis, conjecture, or guess, if you will) that the number of physicians is a measure of the number of X rays, invokes another guess to explain the relation of deaths from ischemic heart disease to the number of physicians, and implicitly hypothesizes that X-ray exposure promptly results in death from cancer.
Therefore, information density (as well as X-ray exposure) depends on the table feed per gantry rotation and on the distance between adjacent sections.
The average patient accepts this as assurance that all is well with medical X-ray exposure. But is it?
The case-control studies of childhood cancer and fetal X-ray exposure are important because they demonstrate an excess risk associated with doses near 10 mSv, doses an order of magnitude below those received in other epidemiologic studies showing an excess risk of cancer following irradiation (UNSCEAR 2000).
The new x-ray imaging system allows access to the smallest vessels of the heart, while reducing overall x-ray exposure and procedure times.
At that point on the dose-response line where the dose reaches zero, the corresponding response would be the cancer mortality rate one could expect to find in the absence of medical X-ray exposure, in other words, the no-radiation rate.
Unlike film-based mammography, a digital system does not require a threshold X-ray exposure in order to react with photochemicals that capture the darkened image.
During the X-ray exposure, you remain still and hold your breath to avoid moving, which can cause the image to blur.
This is achieved using computer-controlled, externally applied magnetic fields that govern the motion of the working tip of the catheter or guidewire, resulting in improved navigation, shorter procedure time and reduced x-ray exposure.