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Lens dosimetry study in $$^{90}$$Sr+$$^{90}$$Y beta field; Full-face mask respirator shielding and dosemeter positioning

Tsujimura, Norio; Hoshi, Katsuya; Yamazaki, Takumi; Momose, Takumaro; Aoki, Katsunori; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Yokoyama, Sumi*

KEK Proceedings 2020-5, p.21 - 28, 2020/11

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Measurements of the doses of eye lens for the workers of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Yokoyama, Sumi*; Ezaki, Iwao*; Tatsuzaki, Hideo*; Tachiki, Shuichi*; Hirao, Kazushige*; Aoki, Katsunori; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Hoshi, Katsuya; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Tsujimura, Norio

Radiation Measurements, 138, p.106399_1 - 106399_5, 2020/11

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Background correction method for portable thyroid dose monitor using gamma-ray spectrometer developed at JAEA in high dose rate environment

Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Nishino, Sho; Takahashi, Masa

Radiation Measurements, 137, p.106389_1 - 106389_5, 2020/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

A portable thyroid dose monitoring system has been developed at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to assess the thyroid equivalent dose for workers and members of the public in a high dose rate environment. The background (B.G.) photon correction is required for an accurate measurement in a high dose rate environment at an early stage after a nuclear accident. We developed the B.G. photon correction method using cylindrical PMMA phantoms.

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Eye lens dosimetry for workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 2; Field study using humanoid phantoms

Tsujimura, Norio; Hoshi, Katsuya; Aoki, Katsunori; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Yokoyama, Sumi*

Radiation Measurements, 134, p.106305_1 - 106305_5, 2020/06

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:39.17(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Prototype test of a portable thyroid dose monitoring system using gamma-ray spectrometers

Nishino, Sho; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Masa

Radiation Measurements, 134, p.106292_1 - 106292_5, 2020/06

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:62.87(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In the situation of a severe nuclear accident, radioiodine monitoring in thyroid should be performed for a large number of people immediately after accident. The portable thyroid dose monitoring system which can be used in a high dose rate condition is in development. In this presentation, the result of performance test using prototype model will be described.

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Eye lens dosimetry for workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 1; Laboratory study on the dosemeter position and the shielding effect of full face mask respirators

Hoshi, Katsuya; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Aoki, Katsunori; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Tsujimura, Norio; Yokoyama, Sumi*

Radiation Measurements, 134, p.106304_1 - 106304_5, 2020/06

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:39.17(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In FY 2017, the Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) established the Radiation Safety Research Promotion Fund for funding projects on nuclear safety regulation, and adopted the two-year research project entitled "Study on standard eye lens monitoring, suitable dose management and radiation protection for nuclear and medical workers". The study is a two-phase study: a laboratory study on the eye lens dosemeter's characteristics to photons, and a field study executed at actual workplaces at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. This paper summarizes the results of the first-phase study, which was designed to clarify the eye lens dosemeter positioning and the shielding effect of full face mask respirators used at the station. No marked difference was observed in readings of the dosemeters attached on the different positions on the head phantom. Two types of full face mask respirators provided insignificant shielding effect for photons of 83 keV to 662 keV.

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Experimental determination of anisotropic emission of neutrons from $$^{252}$$Cf neutron source with the spherical protection case

Kowatari, Munehiko; Nishino, Sho; Romallosa, K. M. D.*; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Oishi, Tetsuya

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 189(4), p.436 - 443, 2020/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Environmental Sciences)

The anisotropic emission of neutrons from a cylindrical X1 $$^{252}$$Cf source with the spherical external casing was experimentally determined. The influence of metal materials and shapes of the external casing to the anisotropy factor, $$F_{I}$$($$theta$$) was assessed by the Monte Carlo calculation, before performing the measurement. The results of the calculation result implied that light and spherical-shaped external casing decreases the anisotropic emission of neutrons from a cylindrical source and the nature of the material does not affect the anisotropic emission to a large extent. The experimental results obtained when a spherical-shaped aluminum protection case was employed also revealed that the anisotropy factor was close to 1.0 with a wide zenith angle range.

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A Study of a calibration technique for a newly developed thyroid monitor and its uncertainties due to body size for radioiodine measurements

Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Nishino, Sho; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Takahashi, Masa

Radiation Measurements, 133, p.106279_1 - 106279_6, 2020/04

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:62.87(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Uncertainty of the body size on the counting efficiency of a newly developed thyroid monitor was estimated by Monte Carlo simulations using several voxel phantoms. Overlying tissue thickness was a major impact factor on the counting efficiency. As a result, uncertainty related to the body size of the monitored subject was found to be 25%.

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Exposure inhomogeneity from $$^{241}$$Am and $$^{90}$$Sr/$$^{90}$$Y sources in terms of the eye lens monitoring in the nuclear facilities

Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kowatari, Munehiko

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 188(2), p.191 - 198, 2020/02

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Environmental Sciences)

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Establishment of a low dose rate gamma ray calibration field for environmental radiation monitoring devices

Kowatari, Munehiko; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Nishino, Sho; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Oishi, Tetsuya; Kessler, P.*; Neumaier, S.*; R$"o$ttger, A.*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 187(1), p.61 - 68, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Environmental Sciences)

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Corrigendum; Establishment of a low dose rate gamma ray calibration field for environmental radiation monitoring devices

Kowatari, Munehiko; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Nishino, Sho; Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Oishi, Tetsuya; Kessler, P.*; Neumaier, S.*; R$"o$ttger, A.*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 186(4), P. 538, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:1.45(Environmental Sciences)

In the original version of this article an error occurred in Table 5. In section (b), the unit $$mu$$Sv h$$^{-1}$$ has been amended to nSv h$$^{-1}$$. The corrected table appears below. The author apologises for this error.

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Quantitative estimation of exposure inhomogeneity in terms of eye lens and extremity monitoring for radiation workers in the nuclear industry

Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kowatari, Munehiko; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Nagaguro, Seiji*; Nakamura, Hajime*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(2), p.179 - 188, 2019/08

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Environmental Sciences)

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Characteristics of commercially available CdZnTe detector as gamma-ray spectrometer under severe nuclear accident

Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Nishino, Sho; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kowatari, Munehiko; Oishi, Tetsuya

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.134 - 138, 2019/01

At the severe nuclear accidents like the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, various radionuclides will be dispersed into the environment and raise the dose rate. The $$in$$-$$situ$$ measurements of $$gamma$$ ray spectra and identifying radionuclides using the results are important for the radiological protection from both external and internal exposure. For this application a commercially available CdZnTe spectrometer (Kromek GR-1) was characterized at the calibration fields of FRS/JAEA. The angular dependence of the detection efficiency was studied and the efficiency was kept within 15 % degradation in $$pm$$135 degree incident angle, which covers 85 % of all. The usable dose range was evaluated and the spectrometer could correctly measure the $$gamma$$ ray spectra below 200 $$mu$$Gy/h.

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Assessment of equivalent dose of the lens of the eyes and the extremities to workers under nonhomogeneous exposure situation in nuclear and accelerator facilities by means of measurements using a phantom coupled with Monte Carlo simulation

Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Kowatari, Munehiko; Nishino, Sho; Sanami, Toshiya*; Iwase, Hiroshi*

Proceedings of 14th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA-14), Vol.3 (Internet), p.1188 - 1195, 2017/11

The equivalent doses to the lens of the eye and extremities for radiation workers should be assessed properly to ensure that the dose limits are not exceeded. Recently, the following two issues has pressed demand on more appropriate evaluation of the equivalent doses of the lens of the eye and extremity. One is the new occupational dose limit for the lens of the eye the ICRP recommended. The other is growing demand on handling of highly activated materials in the maintenance works of an accelerator and contaminated materials during the decommissioning works of nuclear facility, which increases the potential exposure risk to the extremities to a wider variety of radio-nuclides. Since the points to be assessed for the exposures to the lens of the eye and the extremities are apart from the trunk, the homogeneity of the radiation fields would be significantly impact on the assessment of these equivalent doses. However, there has been no sufficient and available method to identify the nonhomogeneous situations systematically in terms of the eye lens or extremity monitoring. The goal of this study is to provide the framework to identify the nonhomogeneous exposure situations. In order to fulfil this purpose, newly proposed indices to represent the homogeneity were calculated by Monte Carlo simulation incorporated with mathematical phantom, verifying the benchmark measurements. Important parameters that significantly impact on these indices were also shown from the various trials of calculations of homogeneity indices.

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Evaluation of $$gamma$$-ray spectra measured inside and outside a house in Fukushima

Tanimura, Yoshihiko; Tomita, Jumpei; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Yoshizawa, Michio; Hakozaki, Ryozo*; Takahashi, Sohei*

Hoken Butsuri, 51(3), p.141 - 146, 2016/09

Photon spectra were measured inside and outside a house in Minami-Soma city by using a NaI(Tl) scintillation spectrometer. The photons were categorized into three groups according to their energy. The groups were (1) scattered photons, which include low energy photons, (2) direct photons from $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs sources and (3) the other photons. Then the ratios of the ambient dose equivalents H$$^*$$(10) of the scattered photons to those of the direct photons from the $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs sources have been evaluated from the measured photon spectra. The ratios are high inside the house compared with those out of the house. It was found that the scattered photons contribute to the H$$^*$$(10) by more than 50$$%$$ inside the house. The ambient dose equivalent average energies of the scattered photons are around 0.25 MeV both inside and outside the house. These data is worthwhile to design the optimum shielding for the protection against the public radiation exposure.

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Influence of different types of phantoms on the calibration of dosemeters for eye lens dosimetry

Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kowatari, Munehiko

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 170(1-4), p.199 - 203, 2016/09

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:45.9(Environmental Sciences)

Both cylinder and slab phantoms have been recommended for the calibration phantoms for eye lens dosimetry in the |IAEA TECDOC. This study aims to investigate the influence of these phantoms on the calibration of dosemeters for eye lens dosimetry. In order to fulfill the purpose, the backscatters of photons and electrons from practically used water-filled phantoms were evaluated by calculations and experiments. Calculations showed cylinder phantom and slab phantom were found to well-simulate the effect of backscattered photons within 10% and 5%, respectively. It was also found that a cylinder phantom had 10% lower backscattered effect over the range of 50-100 keV. Due to this, the measured calibration factors of cylinder phantom for non-filtered Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and Radio-Photo Luminescence (RPL) dosemeters increased by 20% and 10%, respectively when compared to the slab phantom. For electrons, no difference was found between cylinder and slab phantoms.

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Investigation on the energy dependence of various types of survey meter in gamma and X-ray field

Kamwang, N.*; Kowatari, Munehiko; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi

Proceedings of 4th Asian and Oceanic Congress on Radiation Protection (AOCRP-4) (CD-ROM), 4 Pages, 2015/07

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Characteristics of beta reference radiation fields at the Facility of Radiation Standards (FRS), JAEA for their practical applications in beta dosimetry

Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kowatari, Munehiko; Suzuki, Takashi

Proceedings of 4th Asian and Oceanic Congress on Radiation Protection (AOCRP-4) (CD-ROM), 4 Pages, 2015/07

The Facility of Radiation Standards (FRS) in the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) provides beta-ray calibration fields for the customers to calibrate dosemeters. Two different types of beta-ray irradiation systems, so called BSS2 and JBS, have been installed and operated in the FRS. They have quite different types of the beta-ray radiation sources, which might be attributed to variations in dosimetric quantities. Variations in these quantities would affect the calibration factor of a dosemeter. A comparison of dosimetric quantities for beta reference radiation fields of both beta-ray irradiation systems was made, in order to investigate how these quantities differ between them and how much differences affect calibration results. With regard to the depth dose curve which is one of the key dosimetric quantities, it was found that they showed different profiles between both systems reflecting their characteristics. This implies that the difference between two systems might affect the calibration of dosemeters, especially one with more than 400 mg/cm$$^2$$ thickness or one made of high-Z materials for $$^{90}$$Sr/$$^{90}$$Y field.

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