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Evaluation of work-related medical x-rays in epidemiological studies of nuclear workers.
Cardarelli JJ; Spitz HB; Rice C; Buncher CR; Elson H; Succop P; Daniels RD; Kubale T
Radiat Res 2002 Dec; 158(6):807-808
Occupational epidemiological studies provide an opportunity to evaluate the health risks from exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation. These studies rarely include exposures from medical sources. In two studies of atomic bomb survivors, the authors concluded that medical X-ray exposures should be evaluated to better understand the effects of low level exposures to ionizing radiation (1, 2). The aim of this study was to investigate multiple sources of worker exposures to external ionizing radiation at a uranium enrichment plant (a low-level exposure facility) between the early 1940s and 1990s and determine if work-related X-ray exposures added substantially to their cumulative occupational dose.
Epidemiology; Workers; X-ray analysis; X-ray diagnosis; Health hazards; Exposure levels; Ionizing radiation; Radiation; Radiation exposure; Radiation levels; Radiation monitoring; Uranium compounds; Occupational hazards
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Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
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