publication . Article . 2001

Radiation dose estimation for epidemiologic studies of flight attendants

Barbara Grajewski; Martha A. Waters; Elizabeth A. Whelan; Thomas F. Bloom;
Open Access
  • Published: 10 Dec 2001
Abstract
Background NIOSH is conducting health studies of female flight attendants. Exposures of interest include cosmic radiation and circadian rhythm disruption, however, the data needed to estimate cumulative radiation dose are not found in work histories. Methods We developed an algorithm to generate from work histories the required input data for Federal Aviation Administration radiation estimation software and evaluated whether effects of cumulative radiation dose could be distinguished analytically from effects of circadian rhythm disruption. Results The algorithm has relatively low bias (< 6%) for longer flights, which contribute most to cumulative radiation dose...
Subjects
free text keywords: Occupational medicine, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Occupational exposure, Aviation medicine, Crew, Flight attendant, people.profession, people, Radiation dose, Environmental health, business.industry, business, Exposure assessment
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