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Estimated potassium content in Hanford workers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15266079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Potassium content in male and female workers at the US Department of Energy Hanford Site was estimated based on measurements made in 2002 of 40K activity in the body. The 40K activity in females ranged from 2.1 to 4.1 kBq with an average of 3.1 +/- 0.02 kBq. The total body potassium (TBK) content in females averaged 98 +/- 0.6 g. The 40K activity in males ranged from 2.8 to 6.6 kBq with an average of 4.2 +/- 0.01 kBq and the average TBK was 136 +/- 0.3 g. The average TBK value for males aged 20-49 y was 140 g. The average TBK values for both genders decreased with age. The average potassium concentrations calculated for the different age ranges for males were 15-25% less than the value (1.9 gK per kg) obtained using the reported ICRP reference potassium and reference weight values. Potassium concentrations were inversely correlated with body-build index, body-mass index and body weight. These correlations could possibly be utilised to help assess the risk for disease. Future work is planned to evaluate whether monitoring of potassium concentrations could be used as a tool for the detection of diabetes and hypertension.
T P Lynch; J W Rivard; S Garcia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2004-07-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiation protection dosimetry     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0144-8420     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiat Prot Dosimetry     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-19     Completed Date:  2005-03-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109958     Medline TA:  Radiat Prot Dosimetry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PO Box 999, Mailstop: B1-60, Richland, WA 99352, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Body Burden
Computer Simulation
Middle Aged
Models, Biological*
Nuclear Warfare*
Occupational Exposure / analysis*
Potassium Radioisotopes / analysis*
Radiation Dosage
Radiation Protection / methods*
Radiometry / methods*
Relative Biological Effectiveness
Risk Assessment / methods*
Risk Factors
Whole-Body Counting / methods
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Potassium Radioisotopes

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