Dose-effect modifying factors in radiation protection--a 1967 National Commission on Radiation Protection document revisited

Waligórski, M.P.R.

Journal of Radiological Protection Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection 22(3a): A159-A161


ISSN/ISBN: 0952-4746
PMID: 12400966
DOI: 10.1088/0952-4746/22/3a/328
Accession: 045831983

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In 1967 Subcommittee M-4 of the National Commission on Radiation Protection proposed a system for evaluating, summing and reporting occupational exposures. It appears that some 30 years later these concepts could be implemented in a system of radiation protection based on Katz's cellular track structure model, which is able to quantify and predict the response of systems relevant to radiation protection, such as survival or oncogenic transformations in cell cultures, enzymes, bacteria or whole organisms. As a consequence of this approach, an m-power-law (with m ranging between 2 and 3.5) dependence of effect, or radiation risk, after doses of standard Co-60 radiation, would follow.