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There are two broad types of radiation, non-ionizing and ionizing. Ionizing radiation sends out extremely high energy, which may pose a health risk.

Ionizing radiation exposure comes from a variety of sources, including nuclear weapons testing or other activities during military service.

VA offers a free Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam to all eligible Veterans to alert them to possible long-term health problems.

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