In vitro cell irradiation systems based on 210Po alpha source: Construction and characterisation

J. Szabó, I. Fehér, J. Pálfalvi, I. Balásházy, A. M. Dám, I. Polonyi, E. N. Bogdándi

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One way of studying the risk to human health of low-level radiation exposure is to make biological experiments on living cell cultures. Two 210Po α-particle emitting devices, with 0.5 and 100 MBq activity, were designed and constructed to perform such experiments irradiating monolayers of cells. Estimates of dose rate at the cell surface were obtained from measurements by a PIPS α-particle spectrometer and from calculations by the SRIM 2000, Monte Carlo charged particle transport code. Particle fluence area distributions were measured by solid state nuclear track detectors. The design and dosimetric characterisation of the devices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-578
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002


  • Alpha source
  • Cell irradiation system
  • Dosimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation

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