Simulation of Personal Protective Equipment Exposure to Radioactive Particulates
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2013 June 11

Presented at:
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2013 June 11
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Student Conference Session

Michael Roeterink (Royal Military College of Canada)
Emily C. Corcoran (Royal Military College of Canada)
Eva Dickson (Royal Military College of Canada)
Paul Bodurtha (Royal Military College of Canada)


Airborne radioactive particulates are a significant hazard facing first responders in nuclear-related incidents. Personal protective equipment (PPE) can be used to reduce wearer exposure to the emitted radiation, but does not offer complete protection. The objective of this project is to create a realistic dosimetric model of the human arm, protected by a sleeve, which can eventually be developed into a tool to assess the dose received by the wearer in the event of radiological particulate exposure. A two-fold approach will be employed whereby: (1) a particle transport model will be used to determine the regional radioactive particulate concentrations; and (2) this concentration data will then be incorporated into a dosimetric model that will use the Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) transport code to determine the dose imparted to the tissue. Future models will consider whole body dose and be invaluable in the development of radiation exposure policies and procedures.

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