[ RadSafe ] Re: ASU leads $40 million effort to rapidly assess radiation exposures

Clayton J Bradt cjb01 at health.state.ny.us
Wed Jan 6 15:11:51 CST 2010

Jim Hardeman wrote:

...Based on the "Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation"
document, which I assume you have seen, it is entirely likely in a nuclear
detonation scenario that persons in the "dangerous fallout" zone could get
significant radiation doses w/o experiencing confounding or more pressing
medical issues -- and it's that population that public health folks will
need to be able to assess -- and quickly. What these researchers are aiming
for is the ability to rapidly assess the dose received by perhaps a million
people (or more) quickly ...

My question is:  What's the rush?  Massive acute doses will manifest
themselves by non-stochastic symptoms early on, and treatment given
promptly - if available.  The stochastic effects from smaller doses aren't
treatable - so there's plenty of time to estimate doses.

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist

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