NTI Program Officer for Scientific and Technical Affairs Michelle Nalabandian addressed the “dirty bomb” threat posed by radiological sources in medical equipment at the Radiation Injury Treatment Network’s 2017 Radiation and Nuclear Preparedness workshop on July 25. The Network works to educate health care professionals about pertinent aspects of radiation exposure management, and the educational workshop brought together 170 health care professionals. Nalabandian presented on the risk posed by cesium-137, a radioactive isotope used in medical equipment such as blood irradiators, and discussed the safe and effective alternative technology that is available to help eliminate the threat of this material being stolen and used to build a “dirty bomb”. Nalabandian is a co-author of NTI’s Radiological Security Progress Report and a recent case study of usages of alternative technologies for radioactive sources.
View the “Preventing a Dirty Bomb” project page to read more about NTI’s work with hospitals, industry and governments on radiological risks.