Radionuclide research laboratoryRadionuclide research laboratory

Contact details:

Dr. L.P. Roobol
Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven

The Radionuclide laboratory is the only State owned laboratory which provides the Dutch government with a wide range of expertise and research methods, enabling the Inspection to do independent measurements of discharges of the nuclear industry, assessments of materials found at scrap yards or by the customs department, and assessments of environmental radioactivity. Also, the laboratory has expertise in nuclear forensics, including detection methods for terrorism involving radiological or special nuclear material. During radiological and nuclear incidents, the laboratory will be used for doing the measurements operators cannot perform in the field. With the laboratory, RIVM has a group of experienced researchers able to model transport of substance in the air, the effects of low doses of radiation (cancer, and cardiovascular diseases), and the interplay between UV (sunlight), its benefits for (vitamin D) and the potential harm it does to (melanoma) the human body. Also, the research group has much experience in measuring the radon and thoron content in the air within buildings and modelling the effect on human health. Other models describe the dose administered to workers and the population when handling surface contaminated goods. Furthermore, the group has experience in estimating doses administered in hospitals, to patients, workers and members of the public. From their trend analyses, the effects (in dose) of new medical technologies like PET-CT scans can be evaluated. RIVM also conduct some research on the effects of nanoparticles on rats, as a model for humans. This is done with radioactive nanoparticle, in the radionuclide laboratory. The RIVM research group is an advisor for the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection.

At the radionuclide laboratory, the following techniques are available:
• Gamma spectroscopy (NaI and HP-Ge detectors)
• Alpha spectroscopy
• Liquid Scintillation counting

In the research group, there is ample modelling infrastructure available (see above)

Connection to strategic developments
Life Sciences & Health
Health and Food