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Table 1 Estimates of the threshold absorbed dose for tissue effects in adult human gonads [35]

From: Gonad shielding in pelvic radiography: modern optimised X-ray systems might allow its discontinuation

TissueInduction of sterilityTotal dose in single exposure (Gy)Total dose in protracted exposure (Gy)Annual dose rate in protracted exposure (Gy/year)
TestesTemporary0.150.4
 Permanent3.5–6.02.0
OvariesPermanent2.5–6.06.0> 0.2
  1. Note: hereditary effects are assumed to be induced with no dose threshold