On February 22-23, NTI and Emory University hosted a workshop for various institutions in Atlanta, Georgia on radiological security which included representatives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other major hospitals in Atlanta.
Experts at the event discussed steps that have already been taken in Atlanta to secure radiological sources as well as the city’s planning and preparedness programs for radiological emergencies. The group also developed an action plan on additional steps that can be taken to further reduce the risk posed by radiological sources. This work in Atlanta follows significant steps already taken in New York City and California to replace cesium irradiators with effective alternative technologies that significantly reduce the risk posed by high-activity radiological sources.
As part of this work to help hospital and city officials learn more about radiological risks, NTI developed a new technical resources page The page supports decision making by hospital administrators, CFOs, and other healthcare officials with information about steps to take to replace cesium irradiators with alternative x-ray technologies that cannot be used by terrorists to make a radiological “dirty bomb.”