Preventative Radiation Protection

The main concern of the work group Preventative Radiation Protection is to identify, quantify and assess potentially hazardous radiation exposures of the population and to develop approaches for reducing them. With innovative preventive measures the team contributes to the radiation protection of the population. The group's strength is the interdisciplinary approach of analyzing the underlying transfer processes of radionuclides from their release into the environment all the way to the people, especially the quantification of uptake through the lungs by using specific radio-analytical methods.

The research of the work group has three main priorities:

1) Detection and minimisation of radiation exposures to the lungs by gaseous and particulate radionuclides (e.g.: decay products of Rn-219, Rn-220, Ra-222; I-131) via innovative processes.

2) Quantification of secondary radiation exposures in radiotherapy.

3) Study of previously disregarded potential health hazards occurring in seasonal exposure scenarios.

The findings of the work group serve as input for the biologically motivated dose-response models that have been developed and applied within risk models at the Institute of Radiation Protection.