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Investigation and Implementation of Commercially Available Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeters for Use in Fixed Nuclear Accident Dosimeter Systems

Georgeson, David, L.*; Christiansen, Byron, H.

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000818

Idaho National Laboratory transitioned from an external dosimetry system reliant on thermoluminescent dosimeters to one that uses optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters in 2010. This change not only affected the dosimeters worn by personnel, but those found in the nuclear-accident dosimeters used across Idaho National Laboratory. The elimination of on-site use and processing of thermoluminescent dosimeters impacted Idaho National Laboratory’s ability to process nuclear-accident dosimeters in a timely manner. This change in processes drove Idaho National Laboratory to develop an alternative method for fixed nuclear-accident dosimeter gamma-dose analyses. This new method was driven by the need to establish a simple, cost-effective, and rapid-turnaround alternative to the thermoluminescent-dosimeter-based fixed nuclear-accident dosimeter system. An adaptation of existing technologies proved to be the most efficient path to this end. The purpose of this article is to delineate the technical basis for replacing the thermoluminescent dosimeter contained within the Idaho National Laboratory fixed nuclear-accident dosimeter system with optically stimulated luminescence-based Landauer, Inc., nanoDot dosimeters.

*Radiological Control Division Idaho National Laboratory Idaho Falls, ID 83415‐4123; †Radiological Control Division Idaho National Laboratory Idaho Falls, ID 83415‐6134.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Byron Christiansen, Radiological Control Division, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415‐6134, or email at

(Manuscript accepted 3 November 2017)

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