Whole-body to tissue concentration ratios for use in biota dose assessments for animals

Yankovich, Tamara L.; Beresford, Nicholas A.; Wood, Michael D.; Aono, Tasuo; Andersson, Pal; Barnett, Catherine L.; Bennett, Pamela; Brown, Justin E.; Fesenko, Sergey; Fesenko, J.; Hosseini, Ali; Howard, Brenda J.; Johansen, Mathew P.; Phaneuf, Marcel M.; Tagami, Keiko; Takata, Hyoe; Twining, John R.; Uchida, Shigeo. 2010 Whole-body to tissue concentration ratios for use in biota dose assessments for animals. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics, 49. 549-565.

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Environmental monitoring programs often measure contaminant concentrations in animal tissues consumed by humans (e.g., muscle). By comparison, demonstration of the protection of biota from the potential effects of radionuclides involves a comparison of wholebody doses to radiological dose benchmarks. Consequently, methods for deriving whole-body concentration ratios based on tissue-specific data are required to make best use of the available information. This paper provides a series of look-up tables with whole-body:tissue-specific concentration ratios for non-human biota. Focus was placed on relatively broad animal categories (including molluscs, crustaceans, freshwater fishes, marine fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) and commonly measured tissues (specifically, bone, muscle, liver and kidney). Depending upon organism, whole-body to tissue concentration ratios were derived for between 12 and 47 elements. The whole-body to tissue concentration ratios can be used to estimate whole-body concentrations from tissue-specific measurements. However, we recommend that any given whole-body to tissue concentration ratio should not be used if the value falls between 0.75 and 1.5. Instead, a value of one should be assumed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.1 - Develop temporally and spatially explicit risk assessment tools ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Shore
ISSN: 0301-634X
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 04 Nov 2010 10:17 +0 (UTC)

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