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Measurement of airborne fibers: a review.
Ind Health 2001; 39(2):39-50
Current fiber measurement techniques arose primarily due to health concerns over asbestos exposure. Fiber toxicity appears to be primarily a function of fiber concentration, dimensions and durability in the lungs. There are two basic approaches to fiber measurement. Fibers can be collected on filters and counted or analyzed by light or electron microscopy; alternatively, fibers can be detected directly using a combination of fiber alignment and light scattering techniques. All of these measurement approaches work best when the fibers are simple rod-shaped particles. However, most fibers can exist as curved rods, complex bundles of fibrils, and agglomerates of fibers and compact particles. These non-ideal shapes contribute to measurement bias and variability.
Fibrous-dusts; Fibrous-bodies; Analytical-processes; Microscopy; Microscopic-analysis; Asbestos-fibers
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