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Appl Radiat Isot. 2013 Nov;81:276-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2013.03.011. Epub 2013 Mar 16.

Tritium analysis of urine samples from the general Korean public.

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  • 1National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, 75, Nowon-ro, Nowon-gu, 139-706 Seoul, Korea. ysw@kirams.re.kr


The tritium concentrations of urine samples and the effective dose of the general Korean public were evaluated. To achieve accurate HTO analysis of urine samples, we established the optimal conditions for measuring the HTO content of urine samples. Urine samples from 50 Koreans who do not work at a nuclear facility were analyzed on the basis of the results. The average urine analysis result was 2.8 ±1 .4 Bq/L, and the range was 1.8-5.6 Bq/L. The measured values were lower than those reported for other countries. These results show that environmental factors and lifestyle differences are the main factors affecting the tritium level of the general public.

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Effective dose; General Korean public; Tritium; Urine sample

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