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Addressing Nuclides Not in the CAP88-PC Version-3 Library

McNaughton, Michael; Brock, Burgandy; Eisele, William Jr.; Fuehne, David; Green, Andrew; Whicker, Jeffrey*

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3182932f18
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Versions of the computer program, CAP88, are widely used to calculate the radiological doses from radionuclides emitted into the air. CAP88-PC Version-3 includes an extensive library of radionuclides, but there are many more that are not included. Surrogates are often used to substitute for nuclides not in the library, though the results are usually overestimates. This paper addresses nuclides that are not in the library and describes methods to obtain more accurate results.

Calculate the dose for radionuclides not included in the library of CAP88-PC Version 3.

*MS J978, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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