Overview of physical dosimetry methods for triage application integrated in the new European network RENEB

François Trompier*, Christopher Burbidge, Céline Bassinet, Marion Baumann, Emanuela Bortolin, Cinzia De Angelis, Jonathan Eakins, Sara Della Monaca, Paola Fattibene, Maria Cristina Quattrini, Rick Tanner, Albrecht Wieser, Clemens Woda

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Purpose: In the EC-funded project RENEB (Realizing the European Network in Biodosimetry), physical methods applied to fortuitous dosimetric materials are used to complement biological dosimetry, to increase dose assessment capacity for large-scale radiation/nuclear accidents. This paper describes the work performed to implement Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) dosimetry techniques. Materials and methods: OSL is applied to electronic components and EPR to touch-screen glass from mobile phones. To implement these new approaches, several blind tests and inter-laboratory comparisons (ILC) were organized for each assay. Results: OSL systems have shown good performances. EPR systems also show good performance in controlled conditions, but ILC have also demonstrated that post-irradiation exposure to sunlight increases the complexity of the EPR signal analysis. Conclusions: Physically-based dosimetry techniques present high capacity, new possibilities for accident dosimetry, especially in the case of large-scale events. Some of the techniques applied can be considered as operational (e.g. OSL on Surface Mounting Devices [SMD]) and provide a large increase of measurement capacity for existing networks. Other techniques and devices currently undergoing validation or development in Europe could lead to considerable increases in the capacity of the RENEB accident dosimetry network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

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  • Dosimetry
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy
  • Optically Stimulated Luminescence
  • retrospective dosimetry


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