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What causes radiation poisoning?

Radiation poisoning is caused by exposure to massive amounts of ionizing radiation over a brief period of time. Ionizing radiation is a type of energy that is used to power nuclear weapons, fuel certain industrial power plants, decontaminate food, and treat cancer. Energy released from microwaves, cell phones, and radios is not ionizing radiation. While certain medical devices such as x-ray machines and computed tomography scanners emit ionizing radiation, the dose is typically not high enough to cause radiation poisoning.

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