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ANNUAL EFFECTIVE DOSE ASSESSMENT DUE TO RADON AND THORON PROGENIES IN DWELLINGS OF KILIMAMBOGO, KENYA.

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Human beings are continuously exposed to ionising radiation originating from natural or artificial sources. Uranium-238 and Thorium-232 found in building materials are important sources of radon and thoron in the indoor environment. The concentration levels of radon, thoron and thoron progeny were measured in mud-walled, metallic or iron sheet-walled and stone-walled modern houses in Kilimambogo region, Kenya for 3 months. Radon and thoron concentration levels were measured using passive radon-thoron discriminative monitors (RADUET), while thoron progeny concentrations as the equilibrium equivalent thoron concentration (EETC) were measured using thoron progeny monitors. The mean radon concentration levels in mud, metallic and stone-walled dwellings were 67 ± 11, 60 ± 10 and 75 ± 10 Bq m-3, respectively. The mean thoron concentration levels in the corresponding dwellings were 195 ± 36, 71 ± 24 and 161 ± 31 Bq m-3, respectively, while EETCs were 12 ± 2, 3 ± 1 and 7 ± 1 Bq m-3, respectively. The annual effective doses for radon were 1.3 ± 0.2, 1.1 ± 0.1 and 1.4 ± 0.2 mSv y-1 in mud, metallic and stone-walled houses while those from thoron estimated from EETC were 2.4 ± 0.4, 0.5 ± 0.1 and 1.5 ± 0.2 mSv y-1 in the corresponding houses, respectively.

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Name: Radiation protection dosimetry
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