Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

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| Editors: Robert A. Meyers


  • John W. PostonSr
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_16-3


Dosimetry is best defined as “the theory and application of principles and techniques associated with the measurement of ionizing radiation” [1].


The term “dosimetry” can be best explained by assuming it was derived from combining two words: “dose” and “measurement.” The word dose is shorthand for several quantities associated with the profession of health physics (i.e., radiation protection and safety). The terms include the “absorbed dose,” which is a measure of the energy deposited per unit mass of material, and the “equivalent dose,” which includes consideration of the biological effects of different radiations, when the same absorbed dose is delivered to matter. The term “equivalent dose” is now used instead of the older term “dose equivalent” to signify changes in the ICRP-recommended radiation and tissue weighting factors. There are many other “dose terms” used in health physics, but these will not be included here because the fundamental quantity...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear EngineeringTexas A &M UniversityCollege StationUSA