Giving dosimeters to children does not address the problem of “hot particles” of radioactive dust being breathed into the lungs. A dosimeter will not measure these nuclear particles internally, and they can cause cancer over time.
Many articles on radiation exposure fail to recognize that there is a huge difference between the external and internal effects of radiation. This should be stated more clearly so that people with children can make informed decisions about what to do.
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