Radiation dosimetry of an accidental overexposure using EPR spectrometry and imaging of human bone

D. A. Schauer, M. F. Desrosiers, P. Kuppusamy, J. L. Zweier

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Abstract

On 11 December 1991 a radiation accident occurred at an industrial accelerator facility. A description of the facility and details of the accident are reported in Schauer et al., 1993a). In brief, during maintenance on the lower window pressure plate of a 3 MV potential drop accelerator, an operator placed his hands, head, and feet in the radiation beam. The filament voltage of the electron source was turned 'off', but the full accelerating potential was on the high voltage terminal. The operator's body, especially his extremities and head, were exposed to electron dark current. At approx. 3 months post-irradiation, the four digits of the victim's right hand and most of the four digits of his left hand were amputated. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometry was used to estimate the radiation dose to the victim's extremities. Extremity dose estimates ranged from 55.0 Gy (± 4.7 Gy) to 108 Gy (± 24.1 Gy).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1345-1350
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Volume47
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation

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