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Intercomparison of passive radon-detectors under field conditions in epidemiological studies

Kreienbrock, L. ;Poffijn, A. ; Tirmarche, M. ; Feider, M. ; Kies, A. ; Darby, S.C. Health Physics ,(May 1999) v. 76(5) p. 558-563

Document type > *Article de revue

Keywords > epidemiology

Research Unit > LEADS (Epidemiology and health detriment analysis laboratory)

Authors > TIRMARCHE Margot

Publication Date > 01/01/1999

Summary

The Ardennes and Eifel region is a geologically distinct area covering parts of Germany, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg where enhanced concentrations of radon occur in some houses and other buildings. An international case-control study is being conducted to examine the role of radon in the etiology of lung cancer in this area. The radon detectors used are issued by different laboratories involving a variety of detector types and processes. A series of intercomparisons in houses was therefore conducted under similar conditions of exposure in the field. In most situations the different detectors gave similar results. Nevertheless, in some situations open and closed detectors yielded different results. Therefore, estimates of radon exposure have to be adjusted if results are to be pooled.

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