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  • 1 Ministry of Public Health, P.O. Box 16087 Radiation Protection Division 35851 Qadeseyah Kuwait
  • | 2 Kuwait University Faculty of Science, Department of Geology P.O. Box 5969 Kuwait
  • | 3 Technical University Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry Łódź Poland
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Abstract  

A method in which222Rn is extracted from 0.5 1 water samples to 20 ml toluene is described. 10 ml toluene solution with extracted222Rn is directly added to a glass scintillation vial containing 10 ml of liquid naphthalene based scintillation cocktail. Apart from diluting by toluene, the final counting solution still has excellent properties in terms of: / separation by pulse shape analysis, detection efficiency and background in the -region. The detection limit of222Rn for 0.5 1 water samples was 1.5 mBq l–1 (for 12,000 s count time). The concentration of222Rn in different environmental samples such as rain, tap and mineral waters as well as deep well waters were determined.