KIRAMS / 이영현, 장성재*
Industrial radiographers are exposed to relatively higher doses of radiation than other radiation-exposed workers in South Korea. The objective of our study was to investigate the impact of specific occupational conditions on chromosome aberration frequency and evaluate dosimeter-wearing compliance of industrial radiographers in Korea. We studied individual and occupational characteristics of 120 industrial radiographers working in South Korea and evaluated the frequency of dicentrics and translocations in chromosomes to estimate radiation exposure. The association between working conditions and chromosome aberration frequencies was assessed by Poisson regression analysis after adjusting for confounding factors. Legal personal dosimeter-wearing compliance among workers was investigated by correlation analysis between recorded dose and chromosome aberration frequency. Daily average number of radiographic films used in the last six months was associated with dicentrics frequency. Workers performing site radiography showed significantly higher translocation frequency than those working predominantly in shielded enclosures. The correlation between chromosome aberration frequency and recorded dose was higher in workers in the radiography occupation since 2012 (new workers) than other veteran workers. Our study found that site radiography could affect actual radiation exposure to workers. Controlling these working conditions and making an effort to improve personal dosimeter-wearing compliance among veteran workers as well as new workers may be necessary to reduce radiation exposure as much as possible in their workplace.
Lee Y1, Seo S, Jin YW, Jang S.
Laboratory of Biological Dosimetry, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul, Republic of Korea.