- Wearing a dosimeter will not protect you from radiation.   It is a tool to
measure and document your exposure to ionizing radiation and ensure the Washington state
limits for exposure to ionizing radiation are not exceeded.
- Dosimeters indicates the total dose over the issue period, either monthly or quarterly.
- Dosimeters cannot inform you of the dose rate or times of exposure.
- Dosimeter are processed on a monthly or quarterly basis depending on the amount or types of
radioactive materials used.
- Exposure reports express dose in dose equivalent (mrem).
- Whole body dosimeters give a permanent record that can be read many times to ensure
the accuracy of your exposure.
- Thermoluminescent dosimeters (ring TLDs) can only be read once.
- Information about dosimeters can be found on the EHS website in the University of Washington
Radiation Safety Manual and Principles of Radiation Protection.