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Total Counting and Spectroscopy in the Assessment of Alpha Radioactivity in Human Tissues; Determination de la Radioactivite Alpha des Tissus Humains par Dosage de l'Activite Globale et Spectroscopie; Obshchee izmerenie i spektroskopiya pri opredelenii al'fa-radioaktivnosti tkanej cheloveka; Evaluacion de la Actividad Alfa en los Tejidos Humanos por Recuento Global y Espectroscopia

Abstract

A seven-year programme of measurements of alpha radioactivity is briefly reviewed. The programme which was based initially on a sensitive and simple counting technique, using thin zinc cadmium sulphide screens, now employs in addition techniques of alpha spectroscopy developed for work with very large area low-specific-activity sources. These techniques are capable of measuring specific activities down to 10{sup -13} c/g and can in certain cases provide energy resolution of the order of 40 keV together with independent identification based on half-life measurements. Two alpha spectrometers are described which have been used on a wide variety of human and environmental materials. Particular attention has been given to the study of Po{sup 210}, now known to be present in a variety of foods and human tissues. Techniques are also described for the study of Pu{sup 239} in the atmosphere and examples given of .the results of measurements of low-level air contamination with this material. Techniques for the measurement of Pu{sup 239} in normal human tissues are described and some results given. Consideration is given to the contribution made by Po{sup 210} to the natural background radiation dose-rate in human bone and reproductive organs. It is shown that this contribution may be a  More>>
Authors:
Mayneord, W. V.; Hill, C. R. [1] 
  1. Physics Department, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Cancer Hospital, Clifton Avenue, Belmont, Surrey (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Oct 15, 1964
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-SM-52/2
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on the Assessment of Radioactive Body Burdens, Heidelberg (Germany), 11-16 May 1964; Other Information: 18 refs., 2 tabs., 10 figs.; Related Information: In: Assessment of Radioactivity in Man. Vol. I. Proceedings of the Symposium on the Assessment of Radioactive Body Burdens in Man| 408 p.
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; ALPHA SPECTROMETERS; ALPHA SPECTROSCOPY; ANIMAL TISSUES; BACKGROUND RADIATION; BODY BURDEN; COUNTING TECHNIQUES; DOSE RATES; HUMAN POPULATIONS; PLUTONIUM 239; POLONIUM 210; RADIATION DOSES; RADIOACTIVITY; SKELETON
OSTI ID:
22134022
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); International Labour Organisation, Geneva (Switzerland); World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA13M3233089067
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 291-307
Announcement Date:
Sep 26, 2013

Citation Formats

Mayneord, W. V., and Hill, C. R. Total Counting and Spectroscopy in the Assessment of Alpha Radioactivity in Human Tissues; Determination de la Radioactivite Alpha des Tissus Humains par Dosage de l'Activite Globale et Spectroscopie; Obshchee izmerenie i spektroskopiya pri opredelenii al'fa-radioaktivnosti tkanej cheloveka; Evaluacion de la Actividad Alfa en los Tejidos Humanos por Recuento Global y Espectroscopia. IAEA: N. p., 1964. Web.
Mayneord, W. V., & Hill, C. R. Total Counting and Spectroscopy in the Assessment of Alpha Radioactivity in Human Tissues; Determination de la Radioactivite Alpha des Tissus Humains par Dosage de l'Activite Globale et Spectroscopie; Obshchee izmerenie i spektroskopiya pri opredelenii al'fa-radioaktivnosti tkanej cheloveka; Evaluacion de la Actividad Alfa en los Tejidos Humanos por Recuento Global y Espectroscopia. IAEA.
Mayneord, W. V., and Hill, C. R. 1964. "Total Counting and Spectroscopy in the Assessment of Alpha Radioactivity in Human Tissues; Determination de la Radioactivite Alpha des Tissus Humains par Dosage de l'Activite Globale et Spectroscopie; Obshchee izmerenie i spektroskopiya pri opredelenii al'fa-radioaktivnosti tkanej cheloveka; Evaluacion de la Actividad Alfa en los Tejidos Humanos por Recuento Global y Espectroscopia." IAEA.
@misc{etde_22134022,
title = {Total Counting and Spectroscopy in the Assessment of Alpha Radioactivity in Human Tissues; Determination de la Radioactivite Alpha des Tissus Humains par Dosage de l'Activite Globale et Spectroscopie; Obshchee izmerenie i spektroskopiya pri opredelenii al'fa-radioaktivnosti tkanej cheloveka; Evaluacion de la Actividad Alfa en los Tejidos Humanos por Recuento Global y Espectroscopia}
author = {Mayneord, W. V., and Hill, C. R.}
abstractNote = {A seven-year programme of measurements of alpha radioactivity is briefly reviewed. The programme which was based initially on a sensitive and simple counting technique, using thin zinc cadmium sulphide screens, now employs in addition techniques of alpha spectroscopy developed for work with very large area low-specific-activity sources. These techniques are capable of measuring specific activities down to 10{sup -13} c/g and can in certain cases provide energy resolution of the order of 40 keV together with independent identification based on half-life measurements. Two alpha spectrometers are described which have been used on a wide variety of human and environmental materials. Particular attention has been given to the study of Po{sup 210}, now known to be present in a variety of foods and human tissues. Techniques are also described for the study of Pu{sup 239} in the atmosphere and examples given of .the results of measurements of low-level air contamination with this material. Techniques for the measurement of Pu{sup 239} in normal human tissues are described and some results given. Consideration is given to the contribution made by Po{sup 210} to the natural background radiation dose-rate in human bone and reproductive organs. It is shown that this contribution may be a significant fraction of the total dose received. (author) [French] L'auteur fait brievement le point de l'execution d'un programme septennal de mesures de la radioactivite alpha. Au debut, on procedait seulement a un dosage simple et sensible au moyen d'ecrans minces de sulfure de cadmium et de zinc; maintenant, ce procede est complete par l'emploi de methodes de spectroscopie alpha qui ont ete mises au point a l'occasion de travaux sur des sources a faible activite specifique et a tres grande surface. Ces methodes permettent de mesurer des activites specifiques aussi faibles que 10{sup -13} c/g, d'obtenir, dans certains cas, une resolution en energie de l'ordre de 40 keV et, independamment, d'identifier les radionucleides d'apres des mesures de la periode. L'auteur decrit deux spectrometres alpha qui ont ete utilises avec des substances tres diverses (tissus humains et echantillons du milieu ambiant). Il s'est attache particulierement au dosage du {sup 210}Po que l'on sait maintenant etre present dans certains produits alimentaires et dans des tissus humains. Il expose les methodes employees pour l'etude du {sup 239}Pu dans l'atmosphere et donne des exemples de mesures de faibles concentrations de ce radionucleide dans l'air. Il expose egalement les methodes utilisees pour le dosage du {sup 239}Pu dans les tissus humains normaux et communique quelques resultats. Il etudie la contribution du {sup 210}Po dans le debit de dose du au rayonnement naturel dans les os et les organes de reproduction humains; Il montre que cette contribution peut constituer une fraction significative de la dose totale recue. (author) [Spanish] Los autores describen sucintamente un programa de mediciones de la actividad alfa, que abarco siete anos. El programa, que se basaba inicialmente en el empleo de una sensible y sencilla tecnica de recuento, con ayuda de pantallas delgadas de sulfuro de cinc y de cadmio, comprende en la actualidad tecnicas de espectroscopia alfa especiales para fuentes de gran superficie y de baja actividad especifica. Estas tecnicas permiten medir actividades especificas de hasta 10{sup -13} c/g y pueden en ciertos casos alcanzar una resolucion energetica del orden de 40 keV, permitiendo al mismo tiempo una identificacion independiente basada en la medicion del periodo de semidesintegracion. Se describen dos espectrometros alfa utilizados para examinar una gran variedad de materias provenientes del cuerpo humano y del medio ambiente. Se ha dedicado especial atencion al estudio del {sup 210}Po que, como ahora se sabe, se halla presente en buen numero de productos alimenticios y de tejidos humanos. Asimismo, se describen tecnicas de analisis del {sup 239}Pu presente en la atmosfera y se citan ejemplos de los resultados de las mediciones de aire ligeramente contaminado por esa sustancia. Se describen asimismo procedimientos de medicion del {sup 239}Pu en tejidos humanos normales y se exponen algunos resultados. Se estudia la contribucion aportada por el {sup 210}Po a la dosis de irradiacion natural proveniente del medio ambiente en el esqueleto y en los organos reproductores del hombre. Se demuestra que esa aportacion puede constituir una fraccion significativa de la dosis total recibida. (author) [Russian] Daetsja kratkij obzor programmy po izmereniju al'fa- radioaktivnosti. Vypolnenie programmy, kotoroe pervonachal'no osnovyvalos' na ispol'zovanii prostyh i chuvstvitel'nyh metodov podscheta s pomoshh'ju tonkih cink-kadmij-sul'fidnyh jekranov teper' vkljuchaet ispol'zovanie metoda al'fa-spektroskopii, razrabotannogo dlja bol'shogo kolichestva istochnikov s nizkoj specificheskoj aktivnost'ju. S pomoshh'ju jetih metodov mozhno izmerjat' urovni specificheskoj aktivnosti vplot' do 10{sup -13} kjuri/g i v nekotoryh sluchajah poluchat' razreshenie jenergii porjadka 40 kjev narjadu s nezavisimoj identifikaciej, osnovannoj na izmerenii perioda poluraspada. Daetsja opisanie dvuh al'fa-spektrometrov, ispol'zovannyh pri izmerenii bol'shogo kolichestva obrazcov, vzjatyh u ljudej, i materialov okruzhajushhej sredy. Osoboe vnimanie udeljalos' izucheniju Po{sup 210} , kotoryj, kak izvestno, prisutstvuet v rjade pishhevyh produktov i tkanjah chelovecheskogo organizma. Opisany metody issledovanija Pu{sup 239} v atmosfere i privedeny primery rezul'tatov izmerenija zagrjaznenija vozduha malymi kolichestvami jetogo materiala. Opisany metody izmerenija Pu{sup 239} v normal'nyh tkanjah u cheloveka i privedeny nekotorye rezul'taty. Obsuzhdaetsja rol' Ro{sup 210} v povyshenii urovnja estestvennogo fonovogo obluchenija kostej i reproduktivnyh organov cheloveka. Pokazano, chto jeta dolja mozhet sostavljat' znachitel'nuju chast' obshej poluchennoj dozy. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1964}
month = {Oct}
}