In the Mayak Worker Dosimetry System-2013, lung dose is calculated as an average of the three absorbed doses to the bronchial, the bronchiolar and the alveolar regions. Previous epidemiological studies involving Mayak Workers have used a lung dose calculated as the total energy deposited in the lungs divided by the mass. These two definitions lead to very different estimates of lung dose, especially for radon dosimetry. This paper uses the results of recent epidemiological studies to justify the use of a regionally weighted lung dose (wi = 1/3, I = 1, 3) over the use of an 'average lung' dose.
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This work was conducted as part of the Joint Coordinating Committee for Radiation Effects Research Project 2.4, Mayak Worker Dosimetry. It was jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Medical Biological Agency of the Russian Federation.
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