Estimating the biological half-life for radionuclides in homoeothermic vertebrates: a simplified allometric approach

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The application of allometric, or mass-dependent, relationships within radioecology has increased with the evolution of models to predict the exposure of organisms other than man. Allometry presents a method of addressing the lack of empirical data on radionuclide transfer and metabolism for the many radionuclide–species combinations which may need to be considered. However, sufficient data across a range of species with different masses are required to establish allometric relationships and this is not always available. Here, an alternative allometric approach to predict the biological half-life of radionuclides in homoeothermic vertebrates which does not require such data is derived. Biological half-life values are predicted for four radionuclides and compared to available data for a range of species. All predictions were within a factor of five of the observed values when the model was parameterised appropriate to the feeding strategy of each species. This is an encouraging level of agreement given that the allometric models are intended to provide broad approximations rather than exact values. However, reasons why some radionuclides deviate from what would be anticipated from Kleiber’s law need to be determined to allow a more complete exploitation of the potential of allometric extrapolation within radioecological models.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-511
JournalRadiation and Environmental Biophysics
Volume52
Issue number4
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2013

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  • Allometry, non-human biota, metabolism, radionuclide transfer

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