Fukushima local government stopped urine test to measure internal exposure

Even though urine testing has been one of the most major way of measuring internal exposure, Fukushima local government decided to abandon the way.

They have been “studying” about urine testing with the National Institute of Radiological Sciences but they reached the conclusion that it is not as accurate as WBC (whole body counting).

WBC requires a facility which costs more than 10,000,000 JPY and can test only 40 people a day.

They therefore have been trying to improve urine testing since June.

The National Institute of Radiological Sciences explained to the Fukushima local government that urine testing needs 1.6 liters of urine to get as accurate result as WBC, also it takes a “long time”.

Anyway, if you would like to have urine test this institution offers you the service.




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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


December 2011