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Significance of Health Physics Evidence in the Trial of a Case of Radiation Personal Injury.

Shapar, H. K.

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Abstract

There has been considerable speculation concerning the evidentiary value of film badge and dosimetry readings and air monitor charts in the trial of personal injury action based on alleged radiation injury. Once health physics data has been introduced into evidence, the interpretation of the data becomes the subject of expert testimony-that of the medical and health physics witnesses. The role of the health physics expert witness in conclusions drawn from the data is discussed. Unless the terminology of the trade can be meaningfully translated into clear and understandable equivalents, the value of the health physics data and records may be attenuated or lost.

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