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Dose Calibration

Environmental Health

  1. Marie Davidian

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vad038

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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Davidian, M. 2006. Dose Calibration. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.

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  1. North Carolina State University, NC, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Calibration refers broadly to the determination of a variable x on the basis of measurement(s) on another variable y. In the dose calibration problem, x is the unknown level (concentration, dose) of antigen (enzyme, hormone, protein, compound) in a biological test sample to be determined from y. It may be infeasible to determine x directly from the specimen, but the specimen may be subjected to an assay procedure that yields an associated measurement y. Given an understanding of the relationship between x and y, x may be estimated. Such calibration is commonplace in environmental health studies. Toxicokinetic modeling for estimation of internal doses and validation of mechanistic hypotheses is a popular approach in characterizing the health effects of environmental exposures; underlying such studies is the need for precise calibration of levels of exposure agents and their metabolites from blood or other samples.