NTI teams up with Emory University to Address Radiological Risks in Atlanta

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.”

  • L-R: Michael Zwick, Assistant Vice President for Research, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University; Patty Olinger, Assistant Vice President, Office of Research Administration and Executive Director, Emory University; Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Maegon Barlow, Director, Office of Radiological Security, National Nuclear Security Administration; Melanie Florez, Office of Radiological Security, Sandia National Laboratories; Andrew Bieniawski, Vice President for Material Security and Minimization, Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • NTI Vice President Andrew Bieniawski speaks at the NTI and Emory University event on radiological security
  • NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn speaks at the NTI and Emory University event on radiological security


NTI and Emory University are recognized as leaders in helping to reduce radiological risks. In 2016, Emory University Hospital received the "Medical Innovation Award" at the Nuclear Industry Summit for its efforts to help reduce radiological threats.  NTI works globally with governments and industry on strategies to better secure and eliminate dangerous radiological materials. We work with international advisors to develop recommendations, strengthen the international regulatory framework associated with radiological sources, accelerate the implementing of alternative technologies, and strengthen the role of the private sector. 


February 28, 2018
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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.

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Andrew Bieniawski
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