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Environ Monit Assess. 2012 Jan;184(2):1085-8. doi: 10.1007/s10661-011-2022-x. Epub 2011 Apr 6.

Indoor radon measurement and effective dose assessment of 150 apartments in Mashhad, Iran.

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Physics Department, Sabzevar Tarbiat Moallem University, Sabzevar, Iran.


Environmental monitoring and indoor radon measurement are important for public health, to estimate the cancer risk of respiratory system and, if necessary, to suggest proper methods that reduce indoor radon level. In this research, indoor radon concentration in the air has been measured in 150 apartments in Mashhad city. The result demonstrates about 94.7% of apartments have radon concentration less than 100 Bq/m(3), taken by WHO as the action level, and 5.3% have the concentration higher than this level. As well as, annual radon dose has been assessed using the equation for annual effective dose calculation introduced by United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.

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