Air Monitoring for Nontraditional Research Radionuclides


D. Carter, M. Roberson


In addition to performing routine personnel and effluent air monitoring for traditional research iodination procedures involving I-125 and I-131, the National Institutes of Health's Division of Radiation Safety (DRS) provides air monitoring service in support of research activities involving relatively unique, short-lived nuclides such as At-211 (T1/2 of 7.2 h) and I-123 (T1/2 of 13.1 h). Air monitoring for short-lived nuclides presents challenges that require special handling and stringent procedures to ensure accurate analysis and interpretation. The goal of this presentation is to illuminate these special considerations and to present procedures that have been effectively implemented at NIH to accommodate research with short-lived radionuclides.


This abstract was presented at the 37th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Air Monitoring and Internal Dosimetry", Workplace Air Monitoring, Part 1 Session, 2/8/2004 - 2/11/2004, held in Augusta, GA.

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