Subscription Only: Fukushima municipalities forced to go it alone on radiation testing
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 24, 2012
Even if tests are conducted properly, there are still major problems with the reliability of some results. At a meeting of officials of municipal governments and hospitals responsible for WBC checkups and experts at the Fukushima Medical University on April 23, issues with the reliability of tests on young people were discussed.
Although children, who are believed to be more vulnerable to radiation than adults, are being prioritized, the equipment is not designed for them.
Ryugo Hayano, professor of atomic physics at the University of Tokyo who took part in the meeting, said: “WBCs were originally developed for adults. So it is difficult to measure (radiation levels of) small children accurately. We are now studying better methods.”
Earlier in the article, data is reported for tests conducted in Fukushima Prefecture during March 2012:
Cesium above detection limit
- Adults: 9.9%
- Children: 0.8%
Published: May 25th, 2012 at 9:33 am ET