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

Andrew Bieniawski

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
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. 

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