CDC’s laboratory response to radiological emergencies
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CDC’s laboratory response to radiological emergencies

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      One example of a radiological emergency is detonation of a “dirty bomb”: a conventional explosive device that disperses radionuclides. Following such a radiological emergency, public health officials will immediately attempt to determine • Who was exposed to radiation? • What radionuclide(s) were they exposed to? • How much exposure did each person have? A critical part of a radiological emergency response is a determination of the number of exposed persons who need medical treatment and the type of medical treatment they require. For measuring external contamination (outside the body), and to identify potentially exposed persons, handheld radiation detectors (e.g., Geiger counters) are useful. But the decision to provide medical treatment—and the type of medical treatment—requires quick and accurate identification of internal (i.e., inside the body) contamination. CS000000 Publication date from document properties. Radiological_Emergency_Factsheet.pdf
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