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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 19, No. 1, 2015, pp. 89-93
Bioline Code: ja15012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2015, pp. 89-93

 en Measurement of Indoor and Outdoor Background Ionising Radiation Levels of Kwali General Hospital, Abuja


Measurement of indoor and outdoor background ionising radiation level at Kwali General Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria was carried out using a well calibrated Geiger muller counter; Atomtex AT1117M radiation monitor. The dose equivalent results obtained range from 0.100±0.001 μSv/h to 0.124±0.007 μSv/h with an average of 0.107±0.003 μSv/h for indoor measurement while it ranges from 0.100±0.001 μSv/h to 0.122±0.003 μSv/h with an average of 0.108±0.003 μSv/h for outdoor measurement respectively. The obtained values are below the standard background radiation of 0.133 μSv/h. The study also revealed that the average annual equivalent dose rate is 0.750± 0.020 mSv/y and 0.189±0.005 mSv/y for indoor and outdoor measurements respectively. These results revealed that the dose levels in all of the locations (indoor and outdoor) were below the 1 mSv/y maximum permissible limit for the public set by International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). Therefore, Kwali General Hospital is radiologically safe.

Background ionising radiation; Geiger muller counter; radiation monitor; equivalent dose; indoor and outdoor measurement

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