To further reassure these patients, you could suggest that they have their water tested for radioactivity. You or the health physicist could also calculate the potential maximum amount of radiation exposure and compare this to information in the literature (e.g., Table 6, page 17). No immediate clinical symptoms have been associated with the amount of radiation these patients were likely to have received by ingesting or contacting the contaminated water, and the additional long-term risk of cancer at these radiation levels is negligible.
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