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Bolch, W.E.* ; Petoussi-Henß, N. ; Paquet, F.* ; Harrison, J.D.*

ICRP dose coefficients: Computational development and current status.

Ann. ICRP 45, 156-177 (2016)
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Major current efforts within Committee 2 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) involve the development of dose coefficients for inhalation and ingestion of radionuclides, and those for exposure to environmental radiation fields. These efforts build upon changes in radiation and tissue weighting factors (Publication 103), radionuclide decay schemes (Publication 107), computational phantoms of the adult reference male and female (Publication 110), external dose coefficients for adult reference workers for idealised radiation fields (Publication 116), models of radionuclide intake (Publications 66,100and130), and models of radionuclide systemic biokinetics (Publication 130). This paper will review the overall computational framework for both internal and external dose coefficients. For internal exposures, the work entails assessment of organ self-dose and cross-dose from monoenergetic particle emissions (specific absorbed fraction), absorbed dose per nuclear transformation (S value), time-integrated activity of the radionuclide in source tissues (inhalation, ingestion, and systemic biokinetic models), and their numerical combination to yield the organ equivalent dose or effective dose per activity inhaled or ingested. Various challenges are reviewed that were not included in the development ofPublication 30dose coefficients, which were based upon much more simplified biokinetic models and computational phantoms. For external exposures, the computations entail the characterisation of environmental radionuclide distributions, the transport of radiation particles through that environment, and the tracking of energy deposition to the organs of the exposed individual. Progress towards the development of dose coefficients to members of the general public (adolescents, children, infants and fetuses) are also reviewed.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Dose Coefficients ; External Dosimetry ; Internal Dosimetry
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0146-6453
e-ISSN 1872-969X
Quellenangaben Volume: 45, Issue: , Pages: 156-177 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Sage
Reviewing status Peer reviewed