Research and analysis

Radon exposure in mines: analysis of dose to regions of the lung

This report (HPA-RPD-054) concerns the uncertainty analysis of absorbed dose to the lung per unit exposure to radon progeny in a mine.

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HPA-RPD-054: uncertainty analysis of the absorbed dose to regions of the lung per unit exposure to radon progeny in a mine

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The European Union project Alpha-Risk aimed to quantify the cancer and non-cancer risks associated with multiple chronic radiation exposures by epidemiological studies, organ dose calculation and risk assessment. In the framework of this project, absorbed doses to regions of the lung of individual miners were calculated.

The relatively large dose to the lung mainly arises from the exposure to radon progeny. A parameter uncertainty analysis was performed to derive the frequency distribution of the absorbed doses to regions of the lung per unit exposure to radon progeny.