DOI: 10.24996/ijs.2018.59.1C.4.


Iraqi Journal of Science


Radon is the air contaminant radioactive gas which people exposed to, is a reason for lung damages and lung cancer. The areas that are subject to high radon levels are found by radon concentration measurement. The radon activity concentration, annual effective dose, and potential alpha energy concentration (PAEC), were measured in houses of Ainkawa region using CR-39 solid state nuclear track detectors SSNTDs with the sealed-can technique. In the present paper the estimated values for radon activity concentration are in the range 55.99-112.8 Bq/m3 with 84.30 Bq/m3 as a mean value, the range of annual effective dose are 1.411-2.872 mSv/y, with mean value 2.124 mSv/y, and the potential alpha energy concentration range are 6.0533-12.323 mWL with mean of 9.1133 mWL. The mean value of the radon concentration is below of 100 Bq/m3 the reference level of (WHO) World Health Organization, and well below of UK National Radiation Protection Board (NRPB) and European Commission Recommendation Level of 200 Bq/m3.