Characteristics of radioactive contamination of vegetables derived from the Fukushima nuclear accident

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  We examined the characteristics of the radioactive contamination and the physical removal of radioactivity from contaminated cabbage and spinach. In a distribution imaging study, there were two types of contamination, spot type and spread type, of cabbage and spinach. The relative radioactivity (PSL) of the face of the leaf was much higher than that of the back of a leaf of cabbage. The ratio of relative radioactivity (PSL) between spot contamination and spread contamination in a leaf of spinach was 9.4% and 90.6%, respectively. More than 80% of radioactivity attaches to the surface of leaves of spinach. There was no significant difference of radioactivity removal between hand-washing and rinsing with running water. The degree of removal of radioactivity from contaminated spinach depended on the length of time between contamination and rinsing. When contaminated spinach was rinsed within 1 week after contamination, the removal ratio of <sup>131</sup>I and <sup>137</sup>Cs was high, with 50% and 70%, respectively. When rinsing contaminated spinaches more than 2 weeks after contamination, the removal ratio of <sup>131</sup>I and <sup>137</sup>Cs was low, approximately 34% and 69%, respectively.<br>


  • Radiation Safety Management

    Radiation Safety Management 11(1), 19-22, 2012

    Japanese Society of Radiation Safety Management


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