Author(s): Merriam GR Jr, Worgul BV, Medvedovsky C, Zaider M, Rossi HH
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Abstract The effect of varying doses of accelerated (570 MeV/ amu ) argon ions on the rat lens is described with detailed observations on the sequence of development of the cataracts, the time-dose relationship, and the analysis of their cataractogenic potential. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of the heavy particles for cataract production, compared to low linear energy transfer (LET) radiation (X rays), has been established. These data indicate that, as with neutrons, the RBE increases with decreasing dose and that at a dose of 0.05 Gy an RBE of about 40 was observed.
This article was published in Radiat Res
and referenced in Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy