A new analysis by James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) experts Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress and Miles Pomper examines the use of blood irradiators containing the radioactive isotope cesium-137. This life-saving medical equipment is used to prevent complications before transfusions by irradiating blood. Unfortunately, the radioactive material used in these blood irradiators, cesium-137, can be stolen by terrorists and used to build radioactive “dirty bombs.” Cesium-137 also can cause harm if misused or misplaced by accident. Dalnoki-Veress and Pomper use an interactive story map with their new article to illustrate several global incidents involving various forms of cesium-137. The interactive also shows steps countries are taking to replace cesium-137 blood irradiators with safe and effective alternative technology. View the article and story map here.
Did you know that reducing radiological risks, like the one posed by cesium-137 blood irradiators, is one of NTI’s core priorities? Read more about our work on this issue here.