The use of the dicentric assay for biological dosimetry for radiation accidents in bulgaria

Valeria Hadjidekova*, Rositsa Hristova, Elizabeth Ainsbury, Petya Atanasova, Ljubomira Popova, Albena Staynova

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    Abstract

    This paper details the construction of a 137Cs gamma calibration curve that has been established for dicentric assay and the testing and validation of the curve through biological dosimetry in three situations of suspected workplace overexposure that arose accidentally or through negligence or lack of appropriate safety measures. The three situations were: (1) suspected 137Cs contamination in a factory air supply; (2) suspected exposure to an industrial 192Ir source; and (3) accidental exposure of construction workers to radiation from a 60Co radiotherapy source in a hospital medical physics department. From a total of 24 potentially-exposed subjects, only one worker was found to have a statistically significant dose (0.16 Gy, 95% confidence intervals 0.02-0.43 Gy). In all other cases, the main function of the biological dosimetry was to reassure the subjects that any dose received was low.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)252-257
    Number of pages6
    JournalHealth Physics
    Volume98
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

    Keywords

    • Cs
    • Ir
    • Co
    • Dosimetry

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