A study of indoor radon levels in rural dwellings of Ezine (Çanakkale, Turkey) using solid-state nuclear track detectors

Örgün Tutay Y., Altınsoy N., YILMAZ ŞAHİN S., Ataksor B., Çelebi N.

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol.131, no.3, pp.379-384, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 131 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/rpd/ncn190
  • Journal Name: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.379-384
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Indoor radon activity level and radon effective dose (ED) rate have been carried out in the rural dwellings of Ezine (Çanakkale) during the summer season using Radosys-2000, a complete set suitable to radon concentration measurements with CR-39 plastic alpha track detectors. The range of radon concentration varied between 9 and 300 Bq m-3, with an average of 67.9 (39.9 SD) Bq m-3. Assuming an indoor occupancy factor of 0.8 and 0.4 for the equilibrium factor of radon indoors, it has been found that the 222Rn ED rate in the dwellings studied ranges from 0.4 to 5.2 mSv y-1, with an average value of 1.7 (1.0) mSv y1. There is a possibility that low radon concentrations exist indoors during the summer season in the study area because of relatively high ventilation rates in the dwellings. A winter survey will be needed for future estimation of the annual ED. © The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.