Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 171–177 | Cite as

Microscopic dose distribution around PuO2 particles in lungs of hamsters, rats, and dogs

  • J. H. Diel
  • J. A. Mewhinney
  • R. A. Guilmette


Syrian hamsters, Fischer rats and Beagle dogs inhaled mono-disperse aerosols of PuO2 and were scarificed during the first 16 days after exposure. The microscopic distribution of radiation dose and tissue-at-risk to alpha irradiation around individual particles in lung was studied using autoradiographs of lung tissue sections. The dose distributions in dogs and rats were more diffuse than in hamsters. A slightly greater tumor incidence was calculated for rats and dogs than for hamsters on the basis of dose distribution using the same dose-effect model for all three species. The small differences in tumor incidence predicted on this basis do not explain the extremely large differences in tumor incidences observed in these species after inhalation of PuO2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Diel
    • 1
  • J. A. Mewhinney
    • 1
  • R. A. Guilmette
    • 1
  1. 1.Inhalation Toxicology Research InstituteLovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research InstituteAlbuquerqueUSA

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