Uranium in the tissues of an occupationally exposed individual

Health Phys. 1989 Jul;57(1):17-21. doi: 10.1097/00004032-198907000-00002.


Uranium concentrations were radiochemically determined in samples of lung, kidney, liver and bone collected at autopsy from an occupationally exposed individual. Levels of U in these tissues were clearly in excess of those expected from environmental exposure. Deposition followed the pattern: skeleton greater than liver greater than kidney, with ratios of 63:2.8:1. The data suggest there is an important long-term storage depot in the skeleton, but the fraction transferred to this compartment, as proposed by ICRP 30, may be too small. In vivo chest counts obtained over about a 10-y period prior to death indicated about a factor of 2 greater in total U content and 235U enrichment than deposition estimates made at autopsy for the lungs and associated lymph nodes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / analysis
  • Chemical Industry*
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Health Physics
  • Humans
  • Kidney / analysis
  • Liver / analysis
  • Lung / analysis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Uranium / analysis*
  • Uranium / urine


  • Uranium