Estimation of organ doses among diagnostic medical radiation workers in South Korea

Yeongchull Choi, Eun Shil Cha, Ye Jin Bang, Seulki Ko, Mina Ha, Choonsik Lee, Won Jin Lee

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This study aimed to estimate the radiation organ doses from occupational exposure in 94 396 Korean medical radiation workers. Data on badge doses (i.e. personal dose equivalent at 10 mm) between 1996 and 2011 obtained from a national dosimetry registry, survey data from 2012 to 2013, and organ dose conversion coefficients provided by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) were used for the estimation. The highest mean cumulative badge doses (26.87 mSv) were observed in radiologists, followed by radiologic technologists (15.96 mSv). Male workers exhibited higher mean cumulative badge doses, across occupational groups. The estimated organ doses showed similar trends with those of badge doses. Organs located outside the apron's coverage such as the thyroid showed higher mean organ doses than those protected by the apron. Our findings could contribute to future radiation epidemiologic studies to investigate health effects from occupational radiation exposure in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-150
Number of pages9
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Yeongchull Choi1, Eun Shil Cha1, Ye Jin Bang1, Seulki Ko1, Mina Ha2, Choonsik Lee3 and Won Jin Lee1,* 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea 2Department of Preventive Medicine, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea 3Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Shady Grove, MD, USA

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Korea Health Technology R&D Project, through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant number: HI16C1186).

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© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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