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HPA releases infant radiation guidance

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The Health Protection Agency has published new guidance on how to calculate radiation doses received by foetuses and breastfed infants after being ingested or inhaled by the mother.

This guidance describes how to interpret advice published by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

Estimates of radiation dose are used to determine the impact on public health of exposure to ionising radiation.

The guidance covers situations including a chronic intakes of environmental radioactivity over a year, chronic intakes from solid radioactive waste disposals and short term intakes, such as in the event of an accidental release.

Doses to embryo, foetus and breastfed infant only need to be calculated if the unborn child could receive higher doses than children or adults and describes what cases this could apply to.
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