Equivalent dose

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The equivalent dose in an organ or tissue is given by:

[math] H_T = \displaystyle \sum_{R} w_RD_{R,T} [/math]

where DR,T is the mean absorbed dose from radiation R in a tissue or organ T, and wR is the radiation weighting factor. The SI unit of equivalent dose is joule per kilogram (J/kg-1), and its special name is sievert (Sv). (ICRP Publication 123, 2013)

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The equivalent dose to a tissue or organ is defined as:

[math] H_T = \displaystyle \sum_{R} w_RD_{R,T} [/math]

where 𝑀𝑅 is the radiation weighting factor for radiation type R, and 𝐷𝑅,𝑇 is the organ absorbed dose from radiation type R in a tissue or organ π‘Ÿπ‘‡ of the Reference Adult Male or the Reference Adult Female. As 𝑀𝑅 is dimensionless, the SI unit for the equivalent dose is the same as for absorbed dose, J kg-1, and its special name is sievert (Sv). (From ICRP Publication 130, 2015)


The equivalent dose to a tissue or organ is defined as:

[math] H_T = \displaystyle \sum_{R} w_RD_{R,T} [/math]

where 𝑀𝑅 is the radiation weighting factor for radiation type R, and 𝐷𝑅,𝑇 is the organ absorbed dose from radiation type R in a tissue or organ π‘Ÿπ‘‡ of the Reference Adult Male or the Reference Adult Female. As 𝑀𝑅 is dimensionless, the SI unit for the equivalent dose is the same as for absorbed dose, joule per kilogram (J kg-1) and its special name is sievert (Sv).(From ICRP Publication 133, 2016)

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