Indoor radon survey in dwellings of the Kars province, Turkey


CELIK N., POFFIJN A., ÇEVİK U. , SCHEPENS L.

RADIATION PROTECTION DOSIMETRY, vol.128, no.4, pp.432-436, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 128 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/rpd/ncm439
  • Title of Journal : RADIATION PROTECTION DOSIMETRY
  • Page Numbers: pp.432-436

Abstract

Makrofol Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors were used to study the (222)Radon concentration in dwellings of the Kars province in Turkey. Radon measurements were done for 3 months in 87 houses, selected as uniformly distributed in the area as possible. All values were seasonally corrected. In order to define the seasonal correction factors, the readings were taken in 12 homes for a 12-month period. A 1:100.000 scale geologic map of the region, prepared and published by the Institute of Mineral Research and Exploration (Ankara, Turkey), was used to present the radon results. Digitising, processing and integrating of the data were performed by using ArcView GIS. The results of the radon measurements in the study area range from 20 to 600 Bq/m(3), with 114 Bq/m(3) as average value. The results showed that the number of lung cancer deaths attributable to indoor radon exposure was estimated to be similar to 5.