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 material.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.