Exposure to radon in dwellings in the Sharri community, Kosovo

Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2008;130(2):244-8. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncm488. Epub 2007 Dec 14.

Abstract

Indoor air radon concentration was measured by exposing etched track detectors in the sleeping and living rooms of 18 houses in 6 villages of the Sharri community in Kosovo. Values ranged from 24 to 209 Bq m(-3), with only one exceeding 200 Bq m(-3), with a geometric mean and geometric standard deviation of 95.4 Bq m(-3) and 1.6, respectively. On the basis of the assumption that the spring radon concentrations obtained in this survey represent the yearly average, annual effective doses of residents were calculated; they range from 0.89 to 4.7 mSv y(-1), with the geometric mean and geometric standard deviation of 1.5 mSv y(-1) and 2.2, respectively. No mitigation measures are planned to be undertaken.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis*
  • Data Collection
  • Environmental Exposure / analysis*
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiation Monitoring*
  • Radon / analysis*
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Seasons
  • Yugoslavia

Substances

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Radon