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DOSE RECONSTRUCTION FOR RESIDENTS LIVING IN BUILDINGS WITH MODERATE AND MINOR 60Co CONTAMINATION IN REBAR

Hsu, F. Y.; Tsai, H. Y.; Hsu, C. Y.; Tung, C. J.; Liao, C. C.; Tsay, Y. S.

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Abstract—: Previously, we have reconstructed cohort dependent individual doses for residents living in rebar buildings of high 60Co contamination. These reconstructions were carried out using intensively collected TLD data on exposure rates at locations of 1 m height and 1 m × 1 m intersections. The present work deals with dose reconstructions for residents living in rebar buildings of moderate and minor 60Co contamination. Since only limited data on exposure rates from survey meters were available, dose reconstructions were based on these data using interpolations. To utilize such data, we examined them with respect to all factors that influenced the dose uncertainties. The interpolated results were given in terms of contour plots (isodose curves) and compared with corresponding results derived from TLD data and Monte Carlo simulations. The comparison revealed that survey meter data could be used to provide reasonable and conservative estimates of residential doses. By applying the cohort-dependent room occupancy factor and the site-dependent area occupancy factor, we reconstructed cohort dependent individual doses and associated uncertainties. Results of dose reconstructions for all residents living in contaminated rebar buildings were provided to the Atomic Energy Council and health authorities for epidemiologic and medical uses.

*Department of Nuclear Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan; Department of Radiation Protection, Atomic Energy Council, Taipei, Taiwan.

Manuscript received 25 July 2002;

revised manuscript received 2 December 2002, accepted 29 May 2003

For correspondence or reprints contact: C.J. Tung, Department of Nuclear Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, or email at cjtung@mx.nthu.edu.tw.

© 2003 by the Health Physics Society