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  Year: 2008 | Volume: 16 | Issue: 1-2 | Pages: 5-6
  Original Article
  A DOSE ESTIMATION FOR PERSONS OCCUPATIONALLY EXPOSED TO IONIZING RADIATION IN MONTENEGRO
Milatovic A, Ivanovic S, Spasic-Jokic V, Jovanovic S.
  DOI: 10.2298/AOO0802005M
  Abstract:
  Background: Persons occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation are subject to radiation protection due to potential harmful effects of radiation. Dose monitoring of professionally exposed workers is an essential regulatory measure in radiation protection. In Montenegro, which is a small "non-nuclear" country with population of 670.000, the use of radiation sources is limited to common medical applications and a few industrial ones, with estimated 500-600 occupationally exposed individuals.
Methods: Centre for Eco-toxicological Research in Podgorica, acting as a technical support organization to regulatory authorities, is the first and only institution in the country performing personal dosimetry service (since 2007). Initial results, obtained using a Harshaw 4500 TLD reader, and as the results of personal electronic dosimeters DOSICARD readings were summarized in present paper.
Results: Average equivalent doses per month are found to be 70.3 µSv for physicians and 82.7 µSv for technicians. The highest dose recorded in one month was 1100 µSv for a RTG technician in Nikšic Hospital.
Conclusion: Results for all subjects monitored up to now (medical staff) are below internationally recommended dose limits.
  Key words: Occupational Exposure; Radiation, Ionizing; Radiation Dosage; Thermoluminescent Dosimetry; Radiation Monitoring; Non-Mesh Montenegro
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