Emergency Medicine Book


Radon Gas

Aka: Radon Gas, Radium-226
  1. Pathophysiology
    1. Radon Gas is a natural decay product of Radium-226
    2. Radon Gas is associated as causative factor for Lung Cancer
      1. Field (2000) Am J Epidemiology 1081-1101 [PubMed]
  2. Epidemiology
    1. NIH estimates 20,000 Lung Cancer deaths per year due to radon
  3. Evaluation: Detection
    1. Radon Gas detector placed in basement of home
    2. Hazardous level of household radon: >4 pCi/L
    3. More common in midwest and most concentrated in basements
  4. Management: Dangerous radon levels
    1. Revision of existing construction
      1. Radon mitigation (exhaust for Radon Gas): Costs >$1500
    2. New construction
      1. Radon Proofing Home: $200-400

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