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Inhaled toxic agents: an evaluation of dose.
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 1992 Jul; :1-104
A mathematical model was developed for the absorption of gases or vapors in the respiratory tract for use in determining the dose of inhaled gases and vapors to the airways of an individual and to extrapolate doses from animals to human subjects. The physical and chemical properties of the gas or vapor determine its absorption and must be considered in extrapolation between species. The method developed depends on determining the dimensions of the airspace surrounding each turbinate and assumes the airspace is geometrically similar to an annulus or a duct. The method may be used to quantify regional variability in airway dimensions of a population. Casted models of air passages made from cadavers were also studied and found to differ significantly from those of living human subjects. The extrapolations made using these cadaver models may not accurately reveal the flow and deposition rates found in living persons. Measurements which were made from hand traced images of airway dimensions were significantly different from measurements made with an image analyzer in which the digital data containing the scanned images were downloaded to the analyzer.
NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system; Nasal-cavity; Airway-resistance; Inhalation-studies; Mathematical-models
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Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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