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Health Physics Division Quarterly Progress Report for Period Ending January 20, 1952
Morgan, K Z [ORNL, Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Co., Oak Ridge, T]
Subject Terms:
Clinch River, White Oak Lake; ORNL, radioactivity; biophysics, radiochemical; ionization, pocket chambers; physics, fish, radioisotopes; quarterly progress report; radon, radium, Iodine-131
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Public Health and Safety
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Publication Date:
1952 Jan 20
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Document Number(s):
ORNL-1277; Copy 52, Series A; Copy52SeriesA
Originating Research Org.:
Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This document contains the Health Physics Division Quarterly Progress Report for the period ending January 20, 1952. A study was in progress to determine whether I-131, which is contained in the urine discharged from patients treated with radioactive iodine, can be removed from sewage by trickling filters. The study of fish in White Oak Lake to determine seasonal differences in the radioactivity in various tissues was continued, and preliminary indications imply that the accumulation of radioactivity in bone, flesh, and other tissues of the fish is much greater during the warm months than during the winter season. The range of beta particles of P-32 was established in seven different absorbers, including aluminum. The fluorescence of human skin under ultraviolet light after exposure to x or gamma radiation was being studied with regard to application to dosage measurements. A project to determine the saturation effects of various x-ray dose rates on pocket ionization chambers at various charging voltages was started. Preliminary work was done toward setting up a project to study the direct action of charged particles on enzymes and other substances of biological interest. Measurements made on the radon and radium content of water samples taken daily from a fixed point on the Clinch River showed that both the radon and radium content increase considerably after a local rainfall. Tables and figures are included.

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