Banana Equivalent Dose

Banana equivalent dose - Wikipedia:

A banana equivalent dose is a concept occasionally used by nuclear proponents to place in scale the dangers of radiation by comparing exposures to the radiation generated by a common banana.

I was able to determine that a panoramic x-ray for your head is the equivalent of eating about 150 bananas:

0.009863 millirems per banana
15µSv / pan * 1 millirem / 10 µSv = 15 millirems / pan
15 millirems / pan * 1 banana / 0.0099 millirems = 150 bananas

I hope to break that one out to a patient… when I find the right combination of intellectual curiosity and concern for x-rays in a patient. That may, possibly, be never.

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