Methods used to calculate doses resulting from inhalation of Capstone depleted uranium aerosols

Health Phys. 2009 Mar;96(3):306-27. doi: 10.1097/01.HP.0000313340.22887.7d.


The methods used to calculate radiological and toxicological doses to hypothetical persons inside either a U.S. Army Abrams tank or Bradley Fighting Vehicle that has been perforated by depleted uranium munitions are described. Data from time- and particle-size-resolved measurements of depleted uranium aerosol as well as particle-size-resolved measurements of aerosol solubility in lung fluids for aerosol produced in the breathing zones of the hypothetical occupants were used. The aerosol was approximated as a mixture of nine monodisperse (single particle size) components corresponding to particle size increments measured by the eight stages plus the backup filter of the cascade impactors used. A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Bayesian analysis technique was employed, which straightforwardly calculates the uncertainties in doses. Extensive quality control checking of the various computer codes used is described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aerosols / chemistry*
  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / chemistry*
  • Algorithms*
  • Beta Particles
  • Body Burden*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Firearms*
  • Gulf War
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel
  • Models, Biological
  • Motor Vehicles
  • New Mexico
  • Occupational Exposure / analysis*
  • Radiation Monitoring / methods*
  • Radioactive Waste / analysis
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Uranium / chemistry*


  • Aerosols
  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Uranium