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False Indications of an Actinide Lung Burden Arising from a Contaminated Finger Wound

Sharma R. C.; Haridasan, T. K.; Surendran, T.
Health Physics: November 1997
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This paper presents the results of in vivo measurements on a worker from a fuel reprocessing plant who was involved in an actinide intake. The results revealed that false indications of an actinide lung burden could arise from a contaminant present elsewhere in the chest region. Consequently, it is important that lung monitoring programs for occupational workers handling actinides are conducted with this caution in mind and that due consideration is given even in cases of minor cuts/wounds in order to rule out substantial overestimation of internal radiation doses.

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