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ARTICLE FROM HEALTH PHYSICS, PLUTONIUM ACCUMULATION FROM LONG-TERM OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE ( HEALTH PHYSICS PERGAMON PRESS 1960. VOL. 2, PP 326-333 )
Author(s):
FOREMAN, H [LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY]; LANGHAM, W [LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY]; MOSS, W [LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY]
Subject Terms:
HREX; ARTICLE; BODY BURDEN; DOSE CALCULATIONS; INHALATION; LOW LEVEL RADIATION; PLUTONIUM; PLUTONIUM 239; RADIATION EXPOSURE; TISSUES; URINALYSIS
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:
JOURNAL ARTICLE
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Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0008
Accession Number:
NV0700120
Originating Research Org.:
HEALTH PHYSICS
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 27
Description/Abstract:
ANALYSES OF TISSUE ALIQUOTS FROM A PLUTONIUM PROCESS OPERATOR, WHO HAD BEEN EXPOSUED TO PU 239 LARGELY VIA CHRONIC LOW-LEVEL INHALATION FOR APPROXIMATELY 6 OUT OF 11 1/2 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT, SHOWED THAT HE HAD ACCUMULATED A BODY BURDEN OF APPROXIMATELY 0.018 UC. ESTIMATIONS OF HIS BODY BURDEN FROM HIS URINE ASSAY RECORD RANGE FROM 0.019 TO 0.034 UC. THE HIGHEST PLUTONIUM CONCENTRATION (125 DIS/MIN PER G) WAS FOUND IN PULMONARY LYMPH NODES, FOLLOWED BY LIVER (9.9 DIS/MIN PER G), LUNGS (4.8 DIS/MIN PER G) AND BONE (AVERAGE OF STERNUM, RIB AND VERTEBRA, 1.4 DIS/MIN PER G). SOME IMPLICATIONS OF THESE FINDINGS TO CHRONIC LOW-LEVEL INHALATION EXPOSURES AND TO ESTIMATION OF BODY BURDEN FROM URINE ASSAY ARE DISCUSSED.


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