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Defang Ding, Yaping Zhang, Jing Wang, Xufei Wang, Dunhuang Fan, Linfeng He, Xuxia Zhang, Yun Gao, Qiang Li, Honghong Chen
The biodosimetric information is critical for evaluating the human health hazards caused by radon and its progeny. Here, we demonstrated that the formation of phosphorylated histone variant H2AX (γ-H2AX), p53-binding protein 1 (53BP1) and phosphorylated KRAB-associated protein 1 (pKAP-1) foci and their linear tracks in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBLs) in vitro exposed to radon and its progeny were dependent on the cumulative absorbed dose of radon exposure but was unrelated to the concentration of radon...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Z S Žunić, P Bossew, F Bochicchio, N Veselinovic, C Carpentieri, G Venoso, S Antignani, R Simovic, Z Ćurguz, V Udovicic, Z Stojanovska, T Tollefsen
Recognized as a significant health hazard, radon (Rn) has been given increasing attention for years. Surveys of different kinds have been performed in many countries to assess the intensity and the geographical extent of possible Rn problems. Common surveys cover mainly dwellings, the indoor place with highest occupancy, and schools, where people spend a large fraction of their lifetime and which can also be considered exemplary for Rn exposure at workplaces; it has however been observed that relating them is difficult...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Komal Saini, Parminder Singh, Prabhjot Singh, B S Bajwa, B K Sahoo
A survey was conducted to estimate equilibrium factor and unattached fractions of radon and thoron in different regions of Punjab state, India. Pin hole based twin cup dosimeters and direct progeny sensor techniques have been utilized for estimation of concentration level of radon, thoron and their progenies. Equilibrium factor calculated from radon, thoron and their progenies concentration has been found to vary from 0.15 to 0.80 and 0.008 to 0.101 with an average value of 0.44 and 0.036 for radon and thoron respectively...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Kailiang Xu, Dean Ta, Didier Cassereau, Bo Hu, Weiqi Wang, Pascal Laugier, Jean-Gabriel Minonzio
Some pioneering studies have shown the clinical feasibility of long bones evaluation using ultrasonic guided waves. Such a strategy is typically designed to determine the dispersion information of the guided modes to infer the elastic and structural characteristics of cortical bone. However, there are still some challenges to extract multimode dispersion curves due to many practical limitations, e.g., high spectral density of modes, limited spectral resolution and poor signal-to-noise ratio. Recently, two representative signal processing methods have been proposed to improve the dispersion curves extraction...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Tore Tollefsen, Giorgia Cinelli, Marc De Cort
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January 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
R Botha, R T Newman, R Lindsay, P P Maleka
This is the first known study of exposure of Rn (radon) and secondarily Rn (thoron) in-air activity concentrations assessed within nine selected wine cellars in four wine districts of the Western Cape (South Africa) and the associated annual occupational effective doses. E-PERM electret ion chambers (EIC) and RAD-7 α-detectors were used to perform these measurements. The radon in-air levels ranged from 12 ± 4 Bq m to 770 ± 40 Bq m within the nine selected wine cellars. Eight of the nine wine cellars (excluding results from cellar w-6) had a median radon in-air activity concentration of 48 ± 8 Bq m...
January 2017: Health Physics
Dilip K Prasad, Deepu Rajan, Lily Rachmawati, Eshan Rajabally, Chai Quek
This paper addresses the problem of horizon detection, a fundamental process in numerous object detection algorithms, in a maritime environment. The maritime environment is characterized by the absence of fixed features, the presence of numerous linear features in dynamically changing objects and background and constantly varying illumination, rendering the typically simple problem of detecting the horizon a challenging one. We present a novel method called multi-scale consistence of weighted edge Radon transform, abbreviated as MuSCoWERT...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
G Venoso, M Ampollini, S Antignani, C Carpentieri, F Bochicchio
Measurements covering a 1 year period are often used and required by legislation to assess the average radon concentration within a house or a workplace. This kind of long-term measurement-generally carried out with techniques based on nuclear track detectors-can be affected by a reduction in sensitivity due to ageing and fading of latent tracks during the exposure period, thus resulting in an underestimation of the actual average concentration. In order to evaluate in field conditions the ageing and fading effects on annual radon concentration measurements, two different studies in a large sample of rooms in dwellings (162) and in workplaces (432) were conducted using two different techniques (detector and track read-out system): (i) CR-39 plastics readout with a fully automated image analysis system, and (ii) LR 115 films with a spark-counter for track counting...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Katalin Csondor, Anita Erőss, Ákos Horváth, Dénes Szieberth
The Molnár János cave is one of the largest hypogenic caves of the Buda Thermal Karst (Budapest, Hungary) and mainly characterized by water-filled passages. The major outflow point of the waters of the cave system is the Boltív spring, which feeds the artificial Malom Lake. Previous radon measurements in the cave system and in the spring established the highest radon concentration (71 BqL(-1)) in the springwater. According to previous studies, the origin of radon was identified as iron-hydroxide containing biofilms, which form where there is mixing of cold and thermal waters, and these biofilms efficiently adsorb radium from the thermal water component...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Jing Chen
This study calculates and compares the lifetime lung cancer risks associated with indoor radon exposure based on well-known risk models in the literature; two risk models are from joint studies among miners and the other three models were developed from pooling studies on residential radon exposure from China, Europe and North America respectively. The aim of this article is to make clear that the various models are mathematical descriptions of epidemiologically observed real risks in different environmental settings...
November 24, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Zeyang Xia, Yangzhou Gan, Lichao Chang, Jing Xiong, Qunfei Zhao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Tooth segmentation from computed tomography (CT) images is a fundamental step in generating the three-dimensional models of tooth for computer-aided orthodontic treatment. Individual tooth segmentation from CT images scanned with contacts of maxillary and mandible teeth is especially challenging, and no method has been reported previously. This study aimed to develop a method for individual tooth segmentation from these images. METHODS: Tooth contours of maxilla and mandible are first segmented from the volumetric CT images slice-by-slice...
January 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Predrag Kolarž, Janja Vaupotič, Ivan Kobal, Predrag Ujić, Zdenka Stojanovska, Zora S Žunić
Spatial distribution of radioactive gasses thoron (Tn) and radon (Rn) in indoor air of 9 houses mostly during winter period of 2013 has been studied. According to properties of alpha decay of both elements, air ionization was also measured. Simultaneous continual measurements using three Rn/Tn and three air-ion active instruments deployed on to three different distances from the wall surface have shown various outcomes. It has turned out that Tn and air ions concentrations decrease with the distance increase, while Rn remained uniformly distributed...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
M Hoffmann, C S Aliyev, A A Feyzullayev, R J Baghirli, F F Veliyeva, L Pampuri, C Valsangiacomo, T Tollefsen, G Cinelli
This article describes results of the first measurements of indoor radon concentrations in Azerbaijan, including description of the methodology and the mathematical and statistical processing of the results obtained. Measured radon concentrations varied considerably: from almost radon-free houses to around 1100 Bq m(-3) However, only ~7% of the total number of measurements exceeded the maximum permissible concentrations. Based on these data, maps of the distribution of volumetric activity and elevated indoor radon concentrations in Azerbaijan were created...
November 23, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Pedro M Dieguez-Elizondo, Tomas Gil-Lopez, Paul G O'Donohoe, Juan Castejon-Navas, Miguel A Galvez-Huerta
This work focuses on studying concentration distribution of (222)Rn radioisotope in a granite processing plant. Using Computational Fluid Dynamic Techniques (CFD), the exposure of the workers to radiation was assessed and, in order to minimise this exposure, different decontamination scenarios using ventilation were analysed. Natural ventilation showed not sufficient to maintain radon concentration below acceptable limits, so a forced ventilation was used instead. Position of the granite blocks also revealed as a determining factor in the radioactive level distribution...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Jane Worrell, Phillip Gibson, Deborah Allen
The radioactive properties of radon have been known for decades, but the risks of exposure have been understated in most professional healthcare curriculums. Healthcare providers in areas with low levels of radon exposure may not consider radon to be a main source of concern in the development of lung and other cancers. Just as nurses counsel patients to avoid tobacco exposure, they should advocate that patients have their homes tested for radon. This article aims to increase radon awareness and address opportunities for providers to work toward various objectives to reduce radon exposure...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Darren Huxtable, David Read, George Shaw
In order to exploit (222)Rn as a naturally-occurring tracer in soils we need to sample and measure radon isotopes in soil gas with high spatial and temporal resolution, without disturbing in situ activity concentrations and fluxes. Minimisation of sample volume is key to improving the resolution with which soil gas can be sampled; an analytical method is then needed which can measure radon with appropriate detection limits and precision for soil gas tracer studies. We have designed a soil gas probe with minimal internal dead volume to allow us to sample soil gas volumes of 45 cm(3)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Wessel W Fuijkschot, Wouter E Groothuizen, Yolande Appelman, Teodora Radonic, Niels van Royen, Maarten A H van Leeuwen, Paul A J Krijnen, Allard C van der Wal, Yvo M Smulders, Hans W M Niessen
BACKGROUND: ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is typically caused by an occlusive coronary thrombus. The process of intracoronary thrombus formation is poorly understood. It is known that inflammatory cells play a role in the formation and resolution of venous thrombi, however their role in coronary thrombosis is not clear. We therefore analyzed inflammatory cells in thrombi derived from patients with STEMI in relation to histologically classified thrombus age. METHODS: Thrombus aspirates of 113 patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention were prospectively collected and classified (fresh, lytic, or organized) based on hematoxylin and eosin staining...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Ryen W White, Eric Horvitz
Importance: A statistical model that predicts the appearance of strong evidence of a lung carcinoma diagnosis via analysis of large-scale anonymized logs of web search queries from millions of people across the United States. Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of screening patients at risk of lung carcinoma via analysis of signals from online search activity. Design, Setting, and Participants: We identified people who issue special queries that provide strong evidence of a recent diagnosis of lung carcinoma...
November 10, 2016: JAMA Oncology
Diana Paula Silva Linhares, Patrícia Ventura Garcia, Catarina Silva, Joana Barroso, Nadya Kazachkova, Rui Pereira, Manuela Lima, Ricardo Camarinho, Teresa Ferreira, Armindo Dos Santos Rodrigues
Hydrothermal areas are potentially hazardous to humans as volcanic gases such as radon ((222)Rn) are continuously released from soil diffuse degassing. Exposure to radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer, but little is known about radon health-associated risks in hydrothermal regions. This cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate the DNA damage in the buccal epithelial cells of individuals chronically exposed to indoor radon in a volcanic area (Furnas volcano, Azores, Portugal) with a hydrothermal system...
November 9, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Charles Tremblay-Darveau, Ross Williams, Paul S Sheeran, Laurent Milot, Matthew Bruce, Peter N Burns
While long Doppler ensembles are, in principle, beneficial for velocity estimates, short acoustic pulses must be used in microbubble contrast-enhanced (CE) Doppler to mitigate microbubble destruction. This introduces inherent tradeoffs in velocity estimates with autocorrelators, which are studied here. A model of the autocorrelation function adapted to the microbubble Doppler signal accounting for transit time, the echo frequency uncertainty, and contrast-agent destruction is derived and validated in vitro...
November 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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