How ORISE is Making a Difference
As an invaluable international resource in the medical management of radiation emergencies, the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) provides incident response and consultation, continuing medical education and simulation exercises to countries around the globe.
REAC/TS, a U.S. Department of Energy emergency response asset, also provides assistance and expertise to federal and state agencies in preparing their emergency management and first responder personnel for incidents involving human exposure to radiation.
Listed below are just a few examples of how REAC/TS' training and emergency response capabilities are making a difference in the medical management of radiation incidents:
REAC/TS Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory conducts international exercise to estimate radiation dose
REAC/TS recently facilitated an international exercise that involved the scoring of abnormal chromosomes used for radiation dose estimation.
In preparation for the 2011 Pan American Games, REAC/TS physicians and health physicists taught a four-day workshop on radiological contamination and accident casualties in Mexico City.
REAC/TS provides international radiation emergency medical response Training for emergency responders
REAC/TS recently traveled to Iraq, South Africa and Morocco to train physicians, nurses and first responders for emergencies involving radioactive materials.
REAC/TS has become the primary United States medical contact for the IAEA’s Radiation Assistance Network (RANET) for the medical management of radiation accidents worldwide.
Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory helps develop international web-based, chromosome-scoring network
REAC/TS led an international scoring exercise intended to test the ability of cytogenetic biodosimetry laboratories to provide emergency triage and radiation dose assessment via the Web.
REAC/TS personnel provided radiation emergency response expertise during Empire 09 by supporting the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC).
REAC/TS has played a key role in preparing the civilian and military emergency medicine communities in advance of the 2011 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory rover by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the California Institute of Technology.
REAC/TS continues to strengthen emergency preparedness by establishing international partnerships to improving medical response to radiation emergencies.