To comply with DOE orders, this report will present results using the current system followed by Systegrave;me International (SI) units in parentheses. For example, the dose from a typical chest X ray is 10 mrem (0.10 mSv).
|Current System||SI System||Conversion|
|curie (Ci)||becquerel (Bq)||1 CI = 3.7 x 1010Bq|
|rad (radiation absorbed dose)||gray (Gy)||1 rad = 0.01 Gy|
|rem (roentgen equivalent man)||sievert (Sv)||1 rem = 0.01 Sv|
Because a rem represents a fairly large dose of radiation, dose is best expressed as a millirem, or 1/1000 of a rem. The same is true of sieverts. Dose is expressed in millisieverts (mSv). Because 1 mrem equals 0.01 mSv, converting from millirem to millisieverts is simply a matter of moving the decimal point two places to the left. For example, 267 mrem equals 2.67 mSv.