August 2, 2021
REAC/TS staff members were closely involved with the Health Physics Society’s (HPS) 66th Annual Meeting that took place during the month of July. REAC/TS Health Physicist Dr. Jason Davis served as a chair for the Homeland Security Section’s Special Session, as well as the Medical Health Physics Section’s Special Session. Dr. Davis later presented a two-hour professional enrichment course on “The Ins and Outs of Wound Counting,” covering some of the practical factors in wound counting, including appropriate instrumentation, sources of uncertainty in wound counting, internal dosimetry associated with contaminated wounds, and the dose to local tissues surrounding the wound. REAC/TS physician Dr. Ron Goans also presented his research regarding “Incidence of the Pseudo Pelger-Huet Mutation in Radium Dial Painters Reflects Effectiveness of Regulation.”
Two former REAC/TS interns also participated in the meeting. Dr. Josh Hayes was a contributing author on a presentation titled, “Proteomic biomarker analysis of serum from Japanese field mice (Apodemus speciosus) collected within the Fukushima difficult to return zone.” Anthony Davila also presented “Evaluating Release Criteria for Feline Patients Following Radioactive Iodine Treatment for Hyperthyroidism.”
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