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Document ID (ISN)65918
CIS number 96-332
ISBN(s) 0-929600-44-4
Year 1995
Convention or series no. NCRP Commentary No.12
Title Radiation exposure and high-altitude flight
Bibliographic information National Council on radiation Protection and Measurements, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-3095, USA, July 1995. v, 25p. Illus. 38 ref. Price: USD 15.00.
Abstract This report reviews current knowledge about ionizing radiation levels expected in high-altitude flight and the risk of radiation-induced cancer and developmental effects in the embryo-foetus. Dose rates at different altitudes are discussed along with biological effects, limitations on current risk estimates, estimates of risk to crew and passengers, and radiation protection philosophy. Equivalent dose rates at higher altitudes are two to three times those received at current aircraft altitudes. Recommendations are made for further research into levels of radiation exposure, potential biological effects and the development of appropriate protection guidelines.
Descriptors (primary) ionizing radiation; cosmic rays; air transport; exposure evaluation; high altitude; radiation protection
Descriptors (secondary) radiation monitoring instruments; genetic effects; carcinogenic effects; biological effects; dosimetry
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Air transportation
Ionizing radiation
Hypobaric pressure