Measurement of uranium in urine, hair and nails in subjects of Niska Banja town, a high natural background radiation area of Serbia
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AuthorsŽunić, Zora S.
Stojanovska, Zdenka A.
Sahoo, Sarata Kumar
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Urine, hair and nail samples were collected from a population of both sex aged from 40 to 87 years in Niška Banja (227 km south of Belgrade, Serbia) with a high level of natural radioactivity (HLNRA). To assess and monitor the public exposure, urine samples for each subject (24 h period) were collected and concentration of uranium (U) was analysed using alpha-particle spectrometry. Human hair and nails considered as bio-indicators of the public exposure to radionuclides over a long period of months or even years and concentration of U was determined using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. The mean concentrations of U in urine, hair and nail were 123 ng/L, 17 ng/g and 8 ng/g, respectively. There was a large variation and may be due to geological origin.
Source:Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 2019, 184, 3-4, 319-323
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