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Evaluation of the intake of radon through skin from thermal water

Sakoda, Akihiro  ; Ishimori, Yuu ; Tschiersch, J.*

In general, the deposition of inhaled radon progeny on lung gives the largest dose when the dose evaluation is made for the so-called radon exposure. In this case, the dose from inhalation of radon itself is much lower than that from its progeny. Also, very little studies of the absorption of radon via skin have not been done so far. However, specific environments such as radon hot springs have the characteristics that radon concentration in water is significantly higher by a few orders than that in air. In the present study, a biokinetic model of radon into which its skin-absorption process was incorporated was developed to discuss the change in radon concentrations in tissues during and after bathing in thermal water. This derived dose was compared with other exposure routes from radon and its progeny.

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