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 now open

Course Dates:

Course Times: 0900-1300 EDT (1300-1700 UTC)

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.

REAC/TS staff to present at ConRad 2021

ConRad 2021

REAC/TS has two staff members who are invited speakers at ConRad 2021: The Global Conference on Radiation Topics that will be held May 10-12, 2021. REAC/TS CBL Director Dr. Adayabalam Balajee will be giving an oral presentation on “Molecular Analysis of Ionizing Radiation Induced Effects on Human 3 Dimensional Genome Organization.” REAC/TS Nurse/Paramedic Angie Bowen will be providing a poster presentation on “Exploring Nurse Readiness for a Radiological or Nuclear Incident: A Cross Sectional Study.” The conference, hosted by the Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology, will be held in a hybrid format, both virtually and live in Munich, Germany. This renowned conference provides an international scientific forum on radiation topics for multidisciplinary exchange of civilian and military experts. More information can be found on the conference website.

Save the date: Software Tools for Triage of the Acute Radiation Syndrome: a practical workshop (StTARS) at REAC/TS in 2021

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Within this workshop we will describe the purpose and function of software tools developed by scientific groups within NATO. These tools either allow an integrated estimation of dose (BAT, WinFRAT), or the prediction of ARS severity based on changes in blood cell counts (H-module) in the first days after an exposure to ionizing radiation.

After the introduction into these tools by experts who developed it, participants will practice their diagnostic skills by predicting clinically relevant degrees of the ARS using a database which includes real case histories—such as those arising from the Chernobyl incident and other accidental industrial exposures.

The workshop is planned to take place at REAC/TS around September/October 2021.

Stay tuned for registration information.

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)