Explore BrainMass

Radiation Heating

Assuming that the specific heat of the body is 1 cal g^-1 degrees C^-1,

a) Plot the approximate temperature rise as a function of whole body dose ranging from 100 mGy to 10 Gy

b) What absorbed dose would correspond to a potentially lethal heat body burden, assuming that a body temperature rise of 5 degrees C (normal body temperature ~ 37 degrees C) can be lethal?

Solution Preview

Hello and thank you for posting your question to Brainmass!

Also, check out:

The Grey unit is a measure of energy deposited in a sample. If a 1.0 kg sample absorbs 1.0 J of energy, the sample had a dose of 1.0 Gy.

So the total energy absorbed by the body is:

Where u is measured in grey and m is the body's mass.

When a body is heated up by absorbing energy, its ...

Solution Summary

he solution is attached in two files. The files are identical in content, only differ in format. The first is in MS Word XP Format, while the other is in Adobe pdf format. Therefore you can choose the format that is most suitable to you. Also attached is the Excel file that was used to create the graph.