Development of a Biokinetic Model for Radionuclide-Contaminated Wounds and Procedures for Their Assessment, Dosimetry and Treatment, Report No. 156, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, 2007, 411 pp., $125 hard copy, $100 PDF.

Whether due to an industrial or a medical accident or an act of terrorism, internalization of radionuclides poses a challenge for assessment and treatment of patients. To date, most attention on internal contamination with radionuclides has focused on inhalation and ingestion. NCRP Report No. 156 provides an important, and often overlooked, perspective on radiologically contaminated wounds, presenting a biokinetic model specifically developed for this route of exposure.

To understand the groundwork for the model, early chapters cover the basics on skin and radionuclide exposures. The first chapter is a very brief introduction describing the scope of the report. Chapter 2 describes fundamental skin biology relevant to an injury response; additional...

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