An Automated Tritium-in-Breath Monitor


R. A. Surette, M. J. Wood, L. McNelles, J. Sarkar, A. Dearham


A revolutionary new prototype tritium-in-breath monitor designed to detect tritium uptake by personnel working around nuclear power plants, fusion reactors and tritium handling facilities has been designed and built at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories (CRL). Currently, the most common method used to determine a worker's dose due to tritium uptake involves liquid scintillation analysis of a sample of the worker's urine. This method is labor intensive and time consuming. The new tritium-in-breath monitor will offer a quick, reliable, and accurate method for screening individuals for tritium uptakes and would assist in dose control and work planning.


This abstract was presented at the 33rd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Instrumentation, Measurements, and Electronic Dosimetry", Poster Session, 1/30/2000 - 2/2/2000, held in Virginia Beach, VA.

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