Preventing a Dirty Bomb: Effective Alternative Technologies for Radiological Security

NTI has published a new informational brochure outlining the
radiological security risks associated with cesium-137 blood irradiators used
in hospitals around the world, and the steps that governments and the private
sector can take to eliminate the threat completely.

The 2014 and 2016 Nuclear Security Summits highlighted the
threat of radiological terrorism and the need to strengthen security and
eliminate dangerous isotopes that could be used in a “dirty bomb.” Cesium-137,
a material commonly used medical equipment such as blood irradiators, is a
dangerous radioactive isotope that could be used to build a bomb that would
spread radiation with devastating consequences. Several countries, including
Norway, France and Japan, along with hospitals in New York City and Atlanta, are
phasing out cesium irradiators and replacing them with safe, equally effective
alternative technologies that are now available on the market.

At the same time, much more that needs to be done to address
this significant global risk. NTI is working with government and industry
partners to encourage the elimination of cesium-137 blood irradiators and to
develop strategies to better secure and eliminate dangerous radiological

This brochure was created for a conference
hosted by NTI and Pool Re
in London on April 6th examining
radiological material security in the United Kingdom and globally.

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