Yes, teeth can be used as a dosimeter (and have...). TLD is one method, but has some problems.
Another is the use of a technique called ESR, using the eletron spin of long lived free radicals
left in the enamal as dose dependent monitors. And then there is a in situ method that has been
developed using photo luminesence.
Anyway, a good document search in medline or other journal indexes will give you plenty of
references. At our home page is a link to Barry Pass in Canada who has done some work in this area.
and look under dosimetry.
aq12 at cornell.edu (Antonio Quiñones) wrote:
>I am posting to these two news groups hoping that someone out
>there wil have an answer or direction regarding my question.
>>I am somewhat familiar with the use of thermoluminescent detectors
>(TLDs) to passively detect ionizing radiation with specially designed
>crystals. However, I believe I read (quite a while ago) that teeth, in
>their structure, can also store a "record" of ionizing radiation dose in
>a manner analogous to TLDs. I have been unsuccesful in locating
>the source of this information.
>Does anyone have any knowledge of this? Specifically, of the use
>of teeth to develop a retrospective record of ionizing radiation
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