Cutaneous Radiation Injury (CRI)
Cutaneous Radiation Injury (CRI) happens when exposure to a large dose of radiation causes injury to the skin. A doctor will suspect the presence of a CRI when a skin burn develops on a person who was not exposed to a source of heat, electrical current, or chemicals.
People may experience a Cutaneous Radiation Injury (CRI) when:
- They are exposed to certain types of radioactive materials that give off beta particles or penetrating gamma radiation or low-energy x-rays.
- They experience Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS); however, not everyone who develops CRI will have ARS.
Treatment of CRI
- After a radiation emergency, if you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as emergency officials say it is safe to do so.
- If you cannot get medical attention quickly, gently rinse the area with water. Keep the area clean, dry, and covered until a doctor can provide additional treatment.