:: Volume 14, Issue 4 (10-2016) ::
Int J Radiat Res 2016, 14(4): 367-371 Back to browse issues page
Assessment of radon gas using passive dosimeter in Amman and Al-Rusaifa cities, Jordan
M.K. Alqadi, F.Y. Alzoubi, M.A. Jaber
Department of physics, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
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Background: Radon concentration was measured in the soil and indoor of Amman and Al- Rusaifa cities in Jordan during summer season. Materials and Methods: The measurement was performed using time-integrated passive radon dosimeters, containing a solid state nuclear track plastic detector, commercially known as CR-39. Results: Radon concentration levels in the soil ranged from 2.8 ± 1.2 to 6.9 ± 1.5 (kBq/m3) with an average  4.0 ± 1.6 (kBq/m3)  in Amman and  from and  6.5± 1.1 to  22.4 ± 5.2 kBq/m3  in Al- Rusaifa  with average 14.2 ± 2.5 (kBq/m3). The average indoor radon concentration in the first floor in Amman was 44.8± 5.3 (Bq/m3); while the average concentration in Al- Rusaifa, in the first floor, was 187± 16.35 (Bq/m3). In Al- Rusaifa, our results in the ground floor and the first floor were about 11% - 26 % higher than the reported values, while this ratio reaches to 56% of the soil.  Conclusion: The average indoor radon concentration indoor in Al-Rusaifa exceeds the action radon level recommend by WHO (100 Bq/m3). The potential health impact in this city is considered high. High radon level in Al- Rusaifa may be due to the phosphate content in its soil. A correlation between the radon concentration in the soil and indoor was observed

Keywords: Radon, passive dosimeter, Amman, Al- Rusaifa.
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