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Health Phys. 1991 Feb;60(2):139-54.

Suggested reference values for regional blood volumes in humans.

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Metabolism and Dosimetry Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN 37831-6383.


Estimates of regional blood volumes (BVs) in man are needed for the dosimetry of radionuclides that decay in the circulation to a significant extent. The tabulation of regional BVs in Publication No. 23 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP Reference Man document) may be the best available for dosimetric applications but is not consistent with current information for some organs and does not address some important blood pools. The purpose of this paper is to suggest an improved set of reference values for regional BVs in adult humans. The total blood volume (TBV) is viewed as comprising 22 separate pools, including several pools not addressed in the ICRP Reference Man document. Values suggested here for brain, liver, skin, active marrow, inactive marrow, and bone differ by at least a factor of two from those given for ICRP Reference Man.

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