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  • Main Title Derivation of dose conversion factors for tritium


  • Author: Killough, G. G.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE


  • Name: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: Tennessee


  • Creation: 1982-03-01


  • English


  • Content Description: For a given intake mode (ingestion, inhalation, absorption through the skin), a dose conversion factor (DCF) is the committed dose equivalent to a specified organ of an individual per unit intake of a radionuclide. One also may consider the effective dose commitment per unit intake, which is a weighted average of organ-specific DCFs, with weights proportional to risks associated with stochastic radiation-induced fatal health effects, as defined by Publication 26 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). This report derives and tabulates organ-specific dose conversion factors and the effective dose commitment per unit intake of tritium. These factors are based on a steady-state model of hydrogen in the tissues of ICRP's Reference Man (ICRP Publication 23) and equilibrium of specific activities between body water and other tissues. The results differ by 27 to 33% from the estimate on which ICRP Publication 30 recommendations are based. The report also examines a dynamic model of tritium retention in body water, mineral bone, and two compartments representing organically-bound hydrogen. This model is compared with data from human subjects who were observed for extended periods. The manner of combining the dose conversion factors with measured or model-predicted levels of contamination in man's exposure media (air, drinking water, soil moisture) to estimate dose rate to an individual is briefly discussed.
  • Physical Description: Pages: 23


  • Keyword: Body
  • Keyword: Lungs
  • Keyword: Mammals
  • Keyword: Testes
  • Keyword: Glands
  • Keyword: Body Fluids
  • Keyword: Beta Decay Radioisotopes
  • Keyword: Mathematical Models
  • Keyword: Hematopoietic System
  • Keyword: Liver
  • Keyword: Man
  • Keyword: Beta-Minus Decay Radioisotopes
  • Keyword: Skin Absorption
  • Keyword: Biological Materials
  • Keyword: Primates
  • Keyword: Pancreas
  • Keyword: Intestines
  • Keyword: Isotopes
  • Keyword: Intake
  • Keyword: Inhalation
  • Keyword: Tissues
  • Keyword: Animals
  • Keyword: Light Nuclei
  • Keyword: Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Keyword: Ingestion
  • STI Subject Categories: 61 Radiation Protection And Dosimetry
  • Keyword: Mammary Glands
  • Keyword: Odd-Even Nuclei
  • STI Subject Categories: 655003 -- Medical Physics-- Dosimetry
  • Keyword: Nuclei
  • Keyword: Environmental Exposure Pathway
  • Keyword: Endocrine Glands
  • Keyword: Stomach
  • Keyword: Skeleton
  • Keyword: Hydrogen Isotopes
  • Keyword: Tritium
  • STI Subject Categories: 63 Radiation, Thermal, And Other Environ. Pollutant Effects On Living Orgs. And Biol. Mat.
  • STI Subject Categories: 560161 -- Radionuclide Effects, Kinetics, & Toxicology-- Man
  • Keyword: Vertebrates
  • Keyword: Bone Marrow
  • Keyword: Respiratory System
  • Keyword: Animal Tissues
  • Keyword: Dose Commitments
  • Keyword: Risk Assessment
  • Keyword: Retention
  • Keyword: Organs
  • Keyword: Materials
  • Keyword: Digestive System
  • Keyword: Years Living Radioisotopes 560171* -- Radiation Effects-- Nuclide Kinetics & Toxicology-- Man-- (-1987)
  • Keyword: Radioisotopes
  • Keyword: Absorption
  • Keyword: Male Genitals
  • Keyword: Gonads
  • Keyword: Thyroid
  • Keyword: Kidneys
  • Keyword: Radionuclide Kinetics
  • Keyword: Uptake


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE82009404
  • Report No.: NUREG/CR-2523
  • Report No.: ORNL-5853
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-26
  • DOI: 10.2172/5337327
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5337327
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1072861


  • Display Note: NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.