Effective dose from inhaled radon and its progeny

John Harrison*, James Marsh

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Currently, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) uses the dose conversion convention to calculate effective dose per unit exposure to radon and its progeny. In a recent statement, ICRP indicated the intention that, in future, the same approach will be applied to intakes of radon and its progeny as is applied to all other radionuclides, calculating effective dose using reference biokinetic and dosimetric models, and radiation and tissue weighting factors. Effective dose coefficients will be given for reference conditions of exposure. In this paper, preliminary results of dose calculations for Rn-222 progeny are presented and compared with values obtained using the dose conversion convention. Implications for the setting of reference levels are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-388
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of the ICRP
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Biokinetic models
  • Dosimetric models
  • Effective dose
  • Radon


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