SUNTEST: a chemical UVB radiation dosimeter

Irene Horkay, N. Wikonkál, J. Patkó, G. Bazsa, M. Beck, A. Ferenczi, Z. Nagy, M. Rácz, T. Szalay

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Abstract

A simple disposable chemical UVB radiation dosimeter with silver-mercury-oxalate suspension, SUNTEST, was developed for use by the general public. Its spectral sensitivity curve closely matches the erythemal action spectrum. SUNTEST takes account of the variables influencing the length of sunbathing. The dose of solar UV radiation can be evaluated from the darkening of the dosimeter, from white to dark brown. On the basis of the results of a 5 min exposure, recommendations are given for safe exposure times (which do not produce sunburn) for different skin types. Regular use of this simple UVB dosimeter will contribute to the prevention of acute adverse effects of solar exposure; like any limitation of UV exposures, it may be expected to reduce also the late adverse effects, including skin malignancies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, B: Biology
Volume31
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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Dosimeters
dosimeters
ultraviolet radiation
Radiation
Sunbathing
radiation
adverse effects
sunburn
Sunburn
Skin effect
Skin
Oxalates
oxalates
Solar radiation
Mercury
Silver
darkening
mercury
Ultraviolet radiation
silver

Keywords

  • Chemical dosimeter
  • Prevention
  • Skin types
  • Sunburn
  • UVB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Plant Science
  • Bioengineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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SUNTEST : a chemical UVB radiation dosimeter. / Horkay, Irene; Wikonkál, N.; Patkó, J.; Bazsa, G.; Beck, M.; Ferenczi, A.; Nagy, Z.; Rácz, M.; Szalay, T.

In: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, B: Biology, Vol. 31, No. 1-2, 1995, p. 79-82.

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Horkay, I, Wikonkál, N, Patkó, J, Bazsa, G, Beck, M, Ferenczi, A, Nagy, Z, Rácz, M & Szalay, T 1995, 'SUNTEST: a chemical UVB radiation dosimeter', Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, B: Biology, vol. 31, no. 1-2, pp. 79-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/1011-1344(95)07194-6
Horkay, Irene ; Wikonkál, N. ; Patkó, J. ; Bazsa, G. ; Beck, M. ; Ferenczi, A. ; Nagy, Z. ; Rácz, M. ; Szalay, T. / SUNTEST : a chemical UVB radiation dosimeter. In: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, B: Biology. 1995 ; Vol. 31, No. 1-2. pp. 79-82.
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