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Evolution of content of 137 Cs at Czech population after the Chernobyl accident

Every year, a monitoring of an internal contamination with 137Cs is carried out in SÚRO Prague. The monitoring is performed in a whole-body counting laboratory on a reference group of 30 people (15 male and 15 female), mainly Prague inhabitants between the ages of 28 and 73 years. Based on those measurements in the year of 2017, the average activity of 137Cs in an individual body has been estimated to be 23 Bq.

As in previous years, a national survey of internal contamination with 137Cs has been carried out based on the urinary excretion of 137Cs in 24-hour urine samples. Urine samples were collected from 39 females and 31 males, representatives of average population by their diet. Average activity of 137Cs excreted in 24-hour urine sample is 0.10 Bq, resulting in a calculated 137Cs average body content (retention) of 17 Bq. Based on the results from the national survey, the committed effective dose from 137Cs is estimated to be 0.62 μSv. Development in time of the average 137Cs retention obtained from the both data sets since the year 1986 is given in the picture.

 

Evolution of content of 137 Cs at Czech population after the Chernobyl accident