Osteometry and autoradiography of the long bones of sleletons of women exposed to internal radiation at 13–19 years of age

Authors

  • Anthony P. Polednak,

    1. Center for Human Radiobiology, Radiological and Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60639
    Current affiliation:
    1. Medical and Health Sciences Division, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
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  • Joseph E. Farnham

    1. Center for Human Radiobiology, Radiological and Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60639
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Abstract

Lengths of long bones of skeletons were examined in 25 women first exposed to large skeletal doses of radiation (alpha particles from radium) at the age of 13–19 years. Meanlengths did not differ significantly between two subgroups based on age at first exposure toradiation (i.e., 13–16 vs. 17–19 years). Autoradiographs of femora of some women who ingested radium at 13–15 years of age showed evidence for bone growth when blood levels of radium were low (i.e., after ingestion of radium). These findings indicate no detectable effect of large skeletal doses of radiation on growth in adolescent and post-adolescent periods.

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