Whole-body counter survey results 4 months after the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP accident in Minamisoma City, Fukushima.

Abstract

Using the first WBC unit installed in Fukushima Prefecture after the accident, the radiocesium body burdens of 566 high-risk residents of Minamisoma city were measured in July 2011 at the Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital. The analysis of the data was challenging because this chair-type, WBC unit, did not have sufficient shielding against background gamma rays and methods had to be developed to reliably compensate for the body-attenuated background radiation. Fortunately, data for repeated tests of hospital staff members using both the chair-type and well-shielded FASTSCAN WBC units, installed in September 2011, were available and could be used to check the validity of the analysis. The CEDs of all subjects, estimated under the assumption of acute inhalation in March 2011, were found to be less than 1 mSv.

DOI: 10.1088/0952-4746/34/4/787
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@article{Hayano2014WholebodyCS, title={Whole-body counter survey results 4 months after the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP accident in Minamisoma City, Fukushima.}, author={Ryugo S. Hayano and Yuni N Watanabe and Shuhei Nomura and Tsuyoshi Nemoto and Masaharu Tsubokura and Tatsuo Hanai and Yuki Kumemoto and Satoshi Kowata and Tomoyoshi Oikawa and Yukio Kanazawa}, journal={Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection}, year={2014}, volume={34 4}, pages={787-99} }