Document Details


Title:
PLUTONIUM IN AUTOPSY TISSUE
Subject Terms:
PLUTONIUM; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; RADIATION EFFECTS; BIOLOGICAL RADIATION EFFECTS; PERSONNEL DOSIMETRY
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1973 Jan 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0047
Accession Number:
NV0045003
Document Number(s):
LA4875
Originating Research Org.:
LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
SINCE 1959, SELECTED TISSUES FROM DECEASED HUMANS HAVE BEEN EXAMINED F OR THE PRESENCE OF PLUTONIUM. THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE WAS TO CORRELATE PL UTONIUM BODY BURDEN CALCULATED FROM URINE ASSAY AND ACTUAL BURDEN DETE RMINED BY ANALYSIS OF AUTOPSY MATERIALS. THE TISSUES HAVE PROVIDED DAT A ON PLUTONIUM DEPOSITION IN MAN RESULTING FROM GENERAL DISTRIBUTION O F PLUTONIUM IN THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH GLOBAL FALLOUT AND THAT RESULTI NG FROM PLUTONIUM FABRICATION OR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS. LUNG, LIVER, KIDNEY, LYMPH, AND SKELETAL TISSUE ARE THE PRINCIPAL MATE RIALS EXAMINED. THE ANALYTICAL DATA, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FINDINGS, AND THE CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTIES IN THE RADIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS AND CALCULATIONS ARE DISCUSSED. THE DATA WILL BE COMPLETELY EVALUATED IN O THER LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY REPORTS. THE RESULTS ARE CONTAINED IN THE APPENDIXES TO THIS REPORT. MEDIAN CON CENTRATIONS IN THE ORGANS AND TISSUES OF A GENERAL POPULATION ( NOT OC CUPATIONALLY EXPOSED ) WERE ( EACH NUMBER REPRESENTS DIS/MIN PU PER KG ): LIVER, 1.4; LUNG, 0.8; LYMPH NODES, 3.0; BONE, 0.6. PLUTONIUM CONC ENTRATION IS GENERALLY HIGHER IN THE TISSUES OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN OC CUPATIONALLY EXPOSED TO PLUTONIUM; THE CONCENTRATION OBVIOUSLY DEPENDS UPON THE NATURE OF THE EXPOSURE AND ITS SEVERITY AND DURATION.


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