Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site

Emergency preparedness and subject matter expertise on the medical management of radiation incidents

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) is a world-renowned, U.S. Department of Energy asset and a leader in emergency medical response to radiological/nuclear incidents. REAC/TS provides emergency response and subject matter expertise on the medical management of radiation incidents for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. REAC/TS is located at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Tennessee and is operated for DOE by ORAU.

24/7 response capability for advice and consultation on radiological emergencies

REAC/TS maintains a 24/7 national and international response capability and provides continuing medical education and outreach exercises. REAC/TS courses annually reach thousands of healthcare professionals, emergency responders and health physicists worldwide. Topics address the medical management of radiological/nuclear incidents, as well as decontamination techniques through instructional and hands-on education.

REAC/TS also operates a unique laboratory that helps DOE close a critical gap in our nation's ability to respond to a radiological or nuclear incident. The REAC/TS Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory utilizes the “gold standard” dicentric chromosome assay, a proven technique that can be used to help calculate the absorbed radiation dose in exposed individuals.

Learn more about REAC/TS's unique capabilities:

MicroREM virtual course registration

Course Dates:

  • February 1-3, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET Register
  • March 1-3, 2022, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET Register

Course Description: This 12-hour virtual course is an abridged version of REAC/TS’ renowned Radiation Emergency Medicine (REM) class. It focuses on the fundamentals of medical care and management of patients involved in radiological or nuclear incidents. Topics include basic radiation physics; radiation detection/measurement/identification; early evaluation and treatment of acute radiation syndrome (ARS), cutaneous injuries, and internal contamination; prehospital and hospital readiness; and patient decontamination. This course is applicable to all level of healthcare providers, as well as first responders, emergency management and public health professionals.

Cost: $40. ACCME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ available.

Dr. Carol Iddins, director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site

REAC/TS participates in 36-hour-long international exercise

During the week of October 26, 2021, REAC/TS staff participated in a multi-national exercise designed to test the operational arrangements of the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (Convention Exercises, or ConvEx).

ConvEx exercises are prepared at three levels of complexity and this exercise (ConvEx-3) was a full-scale event designed to evaluate international emergency response arrangements and capabilities for a severe nuclear or radiological emergency.

More than 75 International Atomic Energy Agency member states and 12 international organizations participated in the exercise, which was carried out over a continuous span of 36 hours. During this exercise, REAC/TS demonstrated its ability to provide expert medical consultation and advice, as well as timely dose assessment for incidents throughout the world.

Person using radiation detection equipment

REAC/TS staff contribute to published manuscript

REAC/TS Director Dr. Carol Iddins, Health Physicist Dr. Jason Davis, Nurse/Paramedic Angie Bowen, and Physician Dr. Ron Goans recently co-authored a manuscript, titled "Americium Inhalation Chelation Exposure with Successful Chelation Therapy," that has been published by Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. The manuscript evolved out of an occupational inhalation of americium-241, treated with both effective external decontamination and the use of diethylenetriamine pentaacetate to promote decorporation. This experience is significant because of the potential for americium or similar radionuclides to be used in “dirty” bombs or other radiological dispersion devices, and helps educate medical providers regarding best practices when caring for those who are involved in events of this nature.

Video Spotlight

What to do if you need to contact REAC/TS during an emergency?

If you might need to contact REAC/TS for assistance with a radiation exposure, please watch this video to know in advance what information will be helpful for us to address your questions and concerns.

Contact REAC/TS

If you need to contact REAC/TS for assistance with the medical management of those involved in a radiological/nuclear incident, please watch the video above "What to do if you need to contact REAC/TS during an emergency?" to know what information is helpful for us to address your questions and concerns.

General information 865-576-3131

General email reacts@orau.org

After-hours number 865-576-1005 (Ask for REAC/TS)