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Miyagi thyroid testing via The Japan Times


SENDAI — The Miyagi Prefectural Government on Sunday began testing the thyroids of 83 children of elementary school age and below in the town of Marumori, which is on the border with Fukushima Prefecture, to examine the impact the nuclear crisis has had on their health.

While the radiation level in the prefecture north of the crippled nuclear plant’s host is estimated to be below the annual limit of 1 millisievert in most areas, two areas of the town gave off readings of 4.1 millisieverts and 2.8 millisieverts, raising concern among residents — particularly those with children — it said.

Miyagi is now considering testing the kids for internal radiation exposure using a whole-body counter, it said.

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