Radioactivity of peat mud used in therapy

Authors: Karpińska M (1) , Mnich K (2) , Kapała J (1) , Bielawska A (1) , Kulesza G (1) , Mnich S (3)
(1) Medical University of Bialystok, Department of Biophysics (2) The Stanislaw Deresz Independent Psychiatric Healthcare Facility in Choroszcz, The Department of Neurology, The Physiotherapy and Remedial Improvement Unit (3) The State Higher School of Computer Science and Business Administration in Lomza
Source: J Environ Radioact. 2016 Feb;152:97-100
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015 Publication date: 2016 Feb E-Publication date: Dec. 8, 2015 Availability: abstract Copyright: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Language: English Countries: Poland Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Maria Karpińska : Medical University of Bialystok, Department of Biophysics, Mickiewicza 2A, 15-222 Bialystok, Poland. Electronic address:


Article abstract

The aim of the study was to determine the contents of natural and artificial isotopes in peat mud and to estimate the radiation dose absorbed via skin in patients during standard peat mud treatment. The analysis included 37 samples collected from 8 spas in Poland. The measurements of isotope concentration activity were conducted with the use of gamma spectrometry methods. The skin dose in a standard peat mud bath therapy is approximately 300 nSv. The effective dose of such therapy is considered to be 22 nSv. The doses absorbed during peat mud therapy are 5 orders of magnitude lower than effective annual dose absorbed from the natural radiation background by a statistical Pole (3.5 mSv). Neither therapeutic nor harmful effect is probable in case of such a small dose of ionising radiation.

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