Non-invasive methods and systems are described for rapidly measuring in-vivo dose, severity, and progression of injury after exposure to damaging phenomena, such as ionizing radiation, chemical burns, or electrical burns. Optical reflectance backscattering spectroscopy is applied to identify and characterize the effects of such phenomena on an individual's whole body and in localized areas.
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 This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.