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The Radiological Assessment Process

John E. Till

in Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195127270
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195127270.003.0001
 						The Radiological Assessment Process

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This chapter lays the foundation for the book. It explains the components of radiological assessment and discusses how these components must be undertaken in a systematic process to provide scientifically defensible estimates of dose and risk. Each component of radiological assessment is briefly described, including source terms, environmental transport, exposure factors, conversion to dose, conversion to risk, uncertainty, validation, and communication of results. Four recommendations are made that would improve the radiological assessment process. These recommendations are: make environmental data accessible, use human health risk as an endpoint, provide user-friendly risk tools, and consider public input in decisions made about risk. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how stakeholder involvement in radiological assessment could lead to a more effective assessment outcome.

Keywords: radiological assessment; source terms; exposure factors; uncertainty; stakeholder involvement; environmental transport; conversion to dose; conversion to risk; validation

Chapter.  12494 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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