Radiation Protection Glossary
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With respect to Radiation Protection
, probabilistic effects (also referred to as Stochastic
) represent radiation harm for which there is no threshold (see Linear Dose Response
) . Even the smallest quantity of Ionising Radiation
exposure can be said to have a finite probability of causing an effect, and this effect being either cancer in the individual or genetic damage. Dose Limits
are set to ensure that these effects are minimised to broadly acceptable levels. Also see Deterministic Effects