Uncertainty evaluation and expression in dose and risk assessment

Penelope Allisy-Roberts, Philip Day
2008 Journal of Radiological Protection  
Uncertainty evaluation and expression in dose and risk assessment Background Papers submitted to the Journal of Radiological Protection often cover a wide range of measurements and dose assessments. Sometimes the conclusions, including recommendations, are based on these assessments but without consideration of the uncertainties involved. As knowledge of the uncertainties is an important factor in determining the reliability and applicability of any quantitative estimate, the Journal is seeking
more » ... to develop guidelines for authors in this area. In relation to internal emitters, the issues were considered in some detail by the Committee Examining Radiation Risk from Internal Emitters (CERRIE) [1] , and discussed in a paper recently published in the Journal [2] . It is also evident that there is a tendency to confuse the dosimetric quantities and their units, these sometimes being used interchangeably. Hence it was thought to be of assistance to authors to indicate the main points that should be considered in any submission to the Journal, and these are included in the following summary.
doi:10.1088/0952-4746/28/3/e02 pmid:18716346 fatcat:ts5d2zwbpffmvlueb4xfy24p2q