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Title: Reconstruction of radionuclide intakes for the residents of East Urals Radioactive Trace (1957–2011)

The East Urals Radioactive Trace (EURT) was formed after a chemical explosion in the radioactive waste-storage facility of the Mayak Production Association in 1957 (Southern Urals, Russia) and resulted in an activity dispersion of 7.4 × 10 16 Bq into the atmosphere. Internal exposure due to ingestion of radionuclides with local foodstuffs was the main factor of public exposure at the EURT. The EURT cohort, combining residents of most contaminated settlements, was formed for epidemiological study at the Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine, Russia (URCRM). For the purpose of improvement of radionuclide intake estimates for cohort members, the following data sets collected in URCRM were used: (1) Total β-activity and radiochemical measurements of 90Sr in local foodstuffs over all of the period of interest (1958–2011; n = 2200), which were used for relative 90Sr intake estimations. (2) 90Sr measurements in human bones and whole body ( n = 338); these data were used for average 90Sr intake derivations using an age- and gender-dependent Sr-biokinetic model. Non-strontium radionuclide intakes were evaluated on the basis of 90Sr intake data and the radionuclide composition of contaminated foodstuffs. Validation of radionuclide intakes during the first years after the accident was first carriedmore » out using measurements of the feces β-activity of EURT residents ( n = 148). The comparison of experimental and reconstructed values of feces β-activity shows good agreement. 90Sr intakes for residents of settlements evacuated 7–14 days after the accident were also obtained from 90Sr measurements in human bone and whole body. Furthermore, the results of radionuclide intake reconstruction will be used to estimate the internal doses for the members of the EURT cohort.« less
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  1. Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine, Chelyabinsk (Russia)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0301-634X; PII: 677
Grant/Contract Number:
AC0586RL01830; JCCRER Project 1.1
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0301-634X
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; East Urals Radioactive Trace; radionuclide diet intake; Strontium-90; radioactive environmental contamination; foodstuffs; 90Sr-body burden
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