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Background information about polonium-210 - considerations on its biokinetics and internal dosimetry.

Kerntechnik 74, 196-200 (2009)
The mysterious death of the former secret service agent Alexander Litvinenko on 23 November 2006 suddenly attracted the attention of the public to the rather unknown radionuclide Po-210. In this respect, this paper presents some general background information about this radionuclide as well as some details about its biokinetic behaviour and internal dosimetry. The results are discussed in the context of the Litvinenko case with regard. to possible health effects on people front Germany being potentially contaminated. However, no evidence for contamination with Po-210 could be found for any people tested at the GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health (since 01.01.2008 Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen).
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords PO-210
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0932-3902
Quellenangaben Volume: 74, Issue: 4, Pages: 196-200 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Hanser
Reviewing status Peer reviewed