Nuclear and radiological emergencies: Building capacity in medical physics to support response

Theocharis Berris, Fridtjof Nüsslin, Ahmed Meghzifene, Armin Ansari, Eduardo Herrera-Reyes, Nicholas Dainiak, Makoto Akashi, Debbie Gilley, Akira Ohtsuru

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Abstract

Medical physicists represent a valuable asset at the disposal of a structured and planned response to nuclear or radiological emergencies (NREs), especially in the hospital environment. The recognition of this fact led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) to start a fruitful collaboration aiming to improve education and training of medical physicists so that they may support response efforts in case of NREs. Existing shortcomings in specific technical areas were identified through international consultations supported by the IAEA and led to the development of a project aiming at preparing a specific and standardized training package for medical physicists in support to NREs. The Project was funded through extra-budgetary contribution from Japan within the IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan. This paper presents the work accomplished through that project and describes the current steps and future direction for enabling medical physicists to better support response to NREs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Medica
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Education and training
  • Nuclear or radiological emergency
  • Response

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