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... is the Department of Defense agency responsible for assessing radiation exposures of atomic veterans. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
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... On the basis of its review of 99 individual dose reconstructions and other program documents, the committee reached these conclusions: 1. Although the methods used to estimate average doses to participants in various units are generally valid, many participants did not wear film badges all the times that they might have been exposed, so individual doses are often highly uncertain.
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... However, there were scenarios involving some maneuver troops and close-in observers at the Nevada Test Site in which upper bounds of inhalation dose were underestimated by large factors, and the doses in these cases often could be important. Large underestimates of inhalation dose were due mainly to neglecting the effects of the blast wave produced in a detonation, which could have caused resuspension of large amounts of radionuclides that had accumulated on the ground from previous tests.
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... Thus, although the committee believes that in many cases the veterans have legitimate complaints about their dose reconstructions, veterans also need to understand that in most cases their radiation exposure probably did not cause their cancer. Even if reasonable changes are made in the dose reconstruction program, it is not likely that the chance of a successful claim will increase very much when a dose reconstruction is needed, except possibly in cases of skin cancer.

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