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Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2006;118(1):93-6. Epub 2005 Aug 24.

Exposure to radiation from the natural radioactivity in Jordanian building materials.

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Department of Physics, The Hashemite University, P. O. Box 150459, Zarqa, Jordan.


The natural radioactivity due to the presence of (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K in selected building materials used in Jordanian building constructions has been measured using gamma-ray spectrometer with a Hyper Pure germanium detector. The average activity concentrations observed in different building materials ranged from 27.7 +/- 7.5 to 70.4 +/- 2.8, 5.9 +/- 0.67 to 32.9 +/- 3.9 and 30.8 +/- 0.87 to 58.5 +/- 1.5 for (226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K, respectively. The activity concentrations of (226)Ra measured in fine aggregates was found to be among the highest values obtained in this work. The ranges of the calculated Ra-equivalent were found to be lower than those values recommended for construction materials (370 Bq kg(-1)). The average internal and external hazard indices were found to be <1. The average of the calculated annual gonadal equivalent dose was found to be 198 microSv y(-1). Results indicate no significant radiological hazards arise from using such materials in building construction.

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