Radiation Environment and Medicine
Vol.10 No.1

Radiation Environment and Medicine Vol.10, No.1 cover
  • Publisher : Hirosaki University Press
  • Language : English
  • ISSN : 2423-9097 (PRINT) , 2432-163X (ONLINE)
  • Release : February 2021
  • Issue : Hirosaki University Press
  • pp. pp.1-54



Radioprotective/Mitigative Ef fects of Thrombopoietin Receptor Agonists

  • Ikuo Kashiwakura and Masaru Yamaguchi

  • Department of Radiation Sciences, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences,
    66-1 Hon-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori, 036-8564, Japan.


Since the discovery of X-rays in 1895, radiation has been widely used in medicine and industry, but its biological effects on health have also been a problem. A group of researchers in the United States discovered in 1948 that large doses of cysteine administered prior to radiation exposure could protect mice exposed to whole-body X-rays from radiation damage. Around the same time, a group in Belgium also reported a similar effect on cysteamine, a breakdown product of cysteine. Currently, the International Atomic Energy Agency recommends either granulocyte colonystimulating factor (G-CSF) or granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) for acute radiation syndrome (ARS) due to moderate to severe exposure of 2 – 6 Gy and interleukin-3 in combination with G-CSF, GM-CSF, erythropoietin and thrombopoietin (TPO) for more severe or lethal doses ( >6 Gy). In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved G-CSF, pegylated-CSF, and GM-CSF for hematopoietic ARS. There have been many reports on the radioprotective/mitigative agents, and several excellent reviews have been published. This review focuses on TPO and its receptor agonists, which are expected to be utilized in the future, and outlines the process from its discovery to its approval as a pharmaceutical drug, action, and future prospects.

Regular Article

Estimation of Annual Effective Dose in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture due to Inhalation of Radon and Thoron Progeny

  • Thamaborn Ploykrathok1†, Koya Ogura2†, Mayumi Shimizu1, Masahiro Hosoda1, 2,
    Yoshitaka Shiroma3, Hiromi Kudo2, Yuki Tamakuma1 and Shinji Tokonami1*

  • 1Department of Radiation Measurement and Physics Dosimetry, Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, Hirosaki University,
    66-1 Hon-cho, Aomori 036-8564, Japan
    2Department of Radiation Science, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Aomori 036- 8564, Japan
    3University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan
    These authors have an equivalent contribution to that of the first author.


Since Fukushima nuclear accident occurred in 2011, the Japanese government has aimed at reducing the annual effective dose due to high radiation exposure in contaminated areas. Not only the external exposure but also the internal exposure need to be considered for the estimation of the effective dose. In the worldwide average, the effective dose due to radon and thoron by inhalation is estimated to be around 50% from the exposure to natural radiation sources. In the present work, radon, thoron, and thoron progeny measurements have been carried out in 93 dwellings of Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture. The three-successive-month measurement was conducted for four periods from 2017 to 2019 using a passive type radon-thoron discriminative monitor and a thoron progeny monitor to obtain their activity concentrations and equilibrium equivalent concentration and subsequently to calculate the effective dose. The results showed the method of annual indoor radon activity concentration and thoron progeny concentration to be 31 Bq m-3 and 0.7 Bq m-3, respectively. The annual effective doses due to inhalation of radon and thoron progeny using the latest dose conversion factors were estimated to be 1.9 mSv and 0.6 mSv, respectively, and 2.5 mSv in total.

Regular Article

210Pb and Major Ion Concentrations in Aerosols Collected in Qingdao, a Seaside Area of China

  • Oumar Bobbo Modibo1, 2, Shinji Tokonami1, Masahiro Hosoda1, Yuki Tamakuma1, Hu Jun1, Miklós Hegedűs1, Eka Djatnika Nugraha1, Saïdou2, Hirofumi Tazoe1, Naofumi Akata1*, Yutaka Kanai3, Fumitaka Yanagisawa4 and Renjian Zhang5

  • 1Hirosaki University, 66-1 Hon-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori 036-8564, Japan
    2Institute of Geological and Mining Research, P.O. Box 4110, Yaoundé, Cameroon
    3National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; 1-1-1, Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8567, Japan
    4Yamagata University; 1-4-12 Kojirakawa, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata 990-8560, Japan
    5Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Beijing 100029, People’s Republic of China


This study aimed at understanding the atmospheric concentrations of 210Pb and major ions in aerosols in Qingdao, China, including their seasonal variations and relationships with weather data and to identify the sources of atmospheric sulfur as a part of the Japan-China joint project, “Aeolian Dust Experiment on Climate Impact (ADEC)”. The sampling period was from beginning of May 2001 to beginning of March 2002; and a high air-volume sampler was used with a polyflon filter. Atmospheric concentrations of 210Pb ranged from 0.15±0.03 to 6.63±0.26 mBq m-3 with the mean (±S.D) of 0.93±0.21 mBq m-3 and they showed a clearly seasonal variation with high values in winter to spring and low values in summer to autumn, the lowest values were observed during the rainiest period. Total suspended particles (TSP) ranged from 27.17 to 289.43 μg m-3 with an average of 123.99 μg m-3 which exceeded the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline level for maximum annual exposure of 10 and 20 μg m-3 for PM2.5 and PM10 respectively. The concentrations of Cl, NO3, SO42- and NH4+ were high in winter and low in autumn. Mg2+ and Ca2+ concentrations did not show any seasonal variation. Ca2+ shown a strong correlation with TSP (r = 0.81, p<0.01) this revealed that soil particles were mainly the source of TSP. The strong correlation found (r = 0.76, p<0.01) between SO42- and 210Pb shown that they were originated mostly from anthropogenic activities the same conclusion was deducted based on the δ34S sulfate measurement results.

Regular Article

Preliminary Survey Measurements of Radon in Egyptian Dwellings by a Passive Technique Using LR-115 Detectors

  • Ahmed Saad Hussein*

  • Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Riyadh, KSA, Radiation Protection Department, Nuclear Power Plants Authority, Cairo, Egypt


In the present work, a set of indoor radon levels were measured in 45 dwellings in 15 selected cities of Egypt. Radon concentrations were determined using time-integrated radon dosimeters (closed and bare) containing LR-115 solid state nuclear track detectors. Measurements were carried out for one year to obtain an unbiased estimate of the annual average. The main objective of this study was to assess the health hazard due to the indoor radon. The results showed that the radon activity concentration varied from 20.6 to 42.1 Bq m-3, with an average value of 30.9±7.3 Bq m-3. These measured values are less than the recommended maximum value of 300 Bq m-3 for radiation protection of residents according to ICRP Publ. 126. Values of the indoor radon equilibrium factor F varied from 0.30 to 0.44, with an average value of 0.39 ± 0.03, which is almost equal to the value (0.40) proposed by UNSCEAR 2000 report. Calculated values of the indoor annual effective dose to residents in dwellings varied from 0.51 to 0.99 mSv, with an average value 0.75 ± 0.16 mSv. These values are lower the normal background level of 1.1 mSv y-1 quoted by UNSCEAR 2000 report and the recommended action level of 10 mSv y-1 as reported by ICRP Publ. 126. Thus, the present results have shown that radon concentration levels in the studied dwellings do not pose any significant health risk to occupants.

Regular Article

Contribution of Childhood Indoor Radon Exposure to Lung Cancer Incidence among Young Adults: A Population-Based Ecological Study in Canada

  • Jing Chen1* and Lin Xie2

  • 1Radiation Protection Bureau, Health Canada, 775 Brookfield Road, Ottawa, K1A 1C1, Ontario, Canada
    2Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research, Public Health Agency Canada, 785 Carling Avenue, Ottawa K1A 0K9, Ontario, Canada


Exposure to indoor radon has been determined to be the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking. Recently, it was shown that approximately 90% of Canadians’ exposure to radon comes from time spent indoors. Because this exposure effectively begins at birth, long before even young teens begin to smoke, we hypothesized that cumulative exposure to indoor radon during childhood could be a major leading cause of lung cancer among young adults. The population-based analysis presented confirms that lung cancer incidence among young adults is significantly correlated to indoor radon concentrations. Even though only limited data among young adults are available for the analysis and the uncertainty can be very large, the result indicates nevertheless cumulative exposure to indoor radon during childhood can be a major leading cause of lung cancer among young adults. In later adult life, the lung cancer incidence rate could be more strongly correlated to smoking rates than to radon exposure.

Regular Article

Study of Meteorological Influence on the Count of 222Rn and 220Rn Gases and Its Possibility for a Forecasting Gas

  • T Thuamthansanga1, Bijay Kumar Sahoo3, Ramesh Chandra Tiwari1* and Raghavendra Prasad Tiwari2

  • 1Department of Physics, Mizoram University, Aizawl-796004, Mizoram, India
    2Department of Geology, Mizoram University, Aizawl-796004, Mizoram, India
    3Radiological Physics and Advisory Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400085 Maharashtra, India


The study investigates the influence of meteorological factors on the count of 222Rn and 220Rn gases at the interest of observing them as a possible forecasting gas to geophysical phenomena. The study was carried out between May, 2018 and October, 2018 at the soil-air interface using a ZnS (Ag) scintillator counter (Model: SMARTRnDuo, BARC, India). Data’s were generated insitu online and was the first of its kind for the region. The backward multiple linear regression analysis shows that pressure was the most effecting variable on radon data, while no significant correlation was observed between thoron and meteorological data. The observed weak correlation between the isotope pair data and most of the meteorological factors reveals activeness of action taken against the factors, while acquiring data. Concentrations and fluxes of the isotope pair, content of 238U and 232Th and their comparison with the worldwide average were also presented. It is also observed that radon data of the continuous monitoring station (CMS) and Mat fault varies in proportion during geophysical process, while no geophysical properties of 220Rn were observed. The study reveals the reason behind radon anomaly was geophysical activity but not meteorological factors.


Radiation Safety and Public Health for Radiological Professionals: Meeting Report on The 5th Educational Symposium on Radiation and Health (ESRAH) by Young Scientists in 2018

  • Hiroko Yamashina1*, Marin Terashima2, Joma Oikawa2, Shingo Naijo2, Tamao Miyao2, Yoshie Yachi2, Yusuke Matsuya2, Masaru Yamaguchi3, Takakiyo Tsujiguchi3, Ryo Saga3, Hu Jun3, Goh Valerie Swee Ting4, Toshiya Nakamura4, Yoichiro Hosokawa3 and Hiroyuki Date1

  • 1Faculty of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University, Kita-12, Nishi-5, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0812, Japan
    2Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University, Kita-12, Nishi-5, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0812, Japan
    3Department of Radiation Science, Graduate School of Health Science, Hirosaki University,66-1 Hon-cho, Hirosaki 036-8564, Japan
    4Department of Bioscience and Laboratory Medicine, Graduate School of Health Science, Hirosaki University; 66-1 Hon-cho, Hirosaki 036-8564, Japan


The nuclear power plant accident on March 11 2011 in Fukushima prefecture in Japan greatly increased the interest in the effect of radioactivity and low-dose exposures on the environment and human beings. Our symposium “Educational Symposium on RADIATION AND HEALTH (ESRAH) by young scientists” has shifted more to providing information on radiation protection and inviting international researchers rather than basic radiation research. Since 2014, this symposium has provided an international forum for information exchange and discussions on a wide range of subjects related to radiation effects on the environment and the human body, radiation protection, radiation detection and emergency medical care. The 5th Symposium was held in Hokkaido University in 2018 under the theme of “Radiation Safety and Public Health for Radiological Professionals”. In this article, we summarize and review of the ESRAH2018.