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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(11), 14948-14957; doi:10.3390/ijerph121114948

Radon Exposure Assessment and Relative Effective Dose Estimation to Inhabitants of Puglia Region, South Italy

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Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Napoli Federico II, Naples 80126, Italy
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Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Napoli, Naples, 80126, Italy
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Academic Editor: Michael S. Breen
Received: 14 October 2015 / Revised: 10 November 2015 / Accepted: 18 November 2015 / Published: 23 November 2015
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Abstract

Indoor radon concentrations were measured in dwellings of the Puglia region in Southern Italy using LR-115 passive detectors. The results show that the radon concentrations varied from 15 ± 2 to 2166 ± 133 Bq/m3 with a geometric mean of 114 Bq/m3 and a geometric standard deviation of 2.3. An analysis on the factors affecting radon concentration such as age of the dwellings, floors, and stories, was performed. The mean effective dose to inhabitants has been calculated and found to be 8.2 mSv/y. Finally, for estimation of cancer risks, the lifetime risk and lung cancer cases per years per million have been calculated. View Full-Text
Keywords: radon indoor; LR-115 detectors; effective dose; Puglia-South Italy radon indoor; LR-115 detectors; effective dose; Puglia-South Italy
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Quarto, M.; Pugliese, M.; La Verde, G.; Loffredo, F.; Roca, V. Radon Exposure Assessment and Relative Effective Dose Estimation to Inhabitants of Puglia Region, South Italy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 14948-14957.

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