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Health physics

The science concerned with recognizing and evaluating the effects of ionizing radiation on the health and safety of people and the environment, monitoring radiation exposure, and controlling the associated health risks and environmental hazards to permit the safe use of technologies that produce ionizing radiation. For further information, see Frequently Asked Questions About Health Physics Based on 10 CFR Part 20.

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