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J Radiol Prot. 2015 Mar;35(1):229-33. doi: 10.1088/0952-4746/35/1/229. Epub 2015 Feb 19.

A proposed method for retrospective eye dose assessments for the purposes of resolving cataract compensation claims.

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Alverstoke, Gosport, UK.


The 2011 International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) statement on tissue reactions suggested a significant reduction in the threshold dose for radiation induced cataracts. This, combined with the potential for a long delay between exposure and cataract diagnosis, may result in an increased requirement to evaluate eye dose from past exposures in order to settle current compensation claims. This article highlights how compensation claims relating to radiation exposure are assessed within the UK legal system and suggests that in vivo Electro Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) dosimetry of teeth has utility for the retrospective quantification of radiation doses to the eye. It was identified that in vivo EPR in its current form may be sufficiently sensitive to support cataract compensation claims, although further work is required to enable appropriate dose conversion coefficients to be quantified.

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