Assessing internal contamination after the detonation of a radiological dispersion device using a 2x2-inch sodium iodide detector. Academic Article uri icon


  • The detonation of a radiological dispersion device may result in a situation where individuals inhale radioactive materials and require rapid assessment of internal contamination. The feasibility of using a 2×2-inch sodium-iodide detector to determine the committed effective dose to an individual following acute inhalation of gamma-emitting radionuclides was investigated. Experimental configurations of point sources with a polymethyl methacrylate slab phantom were used to validate Monte Carlo simulations. The validated detector model was used to simulate the responses for four detector positions on six different anthropomorphic phantoms. The nuclides examined included (241)Am, (60)Co, (137)Cs, (131)I and (192)Ir. Biokinetic modelling was employed to determine the distributed activity in the body as a function of post-inhalation time. The simulation and biokinetic data were used to determine time-dependent count-rate values at optimal detector locations on the body for each radionuclide corresponding to a target committed effective dose (E50) value of 250 mSv.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dewji, S., Hertel, N., & Ansari, A.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • July 2013