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American College of Radiology Resource Prepares Medical Professionals for Radiological Terrorist Attack

A year of heightened terrorism alerts, repeated government warnings of the likelihood of new terrorist attacks in U.S., possibly including the “use of a radiological dispersion device as well as poisons and chemicals,” and recent terrorist attacks abroad has underlined the need for radiology professionals to plan ahead. In response to this need, the American College of Radiology (ACR), in conjunction with the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, has created a primer entitled “Disaster Preparedness for Radiology Professionals: Response to Radiological Terrorism,” a readily available resource to help medical professionals and emergency personnel better manage an emergency situation resulting from a radiological disaster or terrorist attack. The primer, which can be downloaded directly from the ACR Web site at http://www.acr.org via a direct link, Disaster Planning Information (bottom-left of page), serves as a quick reference in the event of a radiological event and offers guidance on proper preparation, as well as directives on handling contaminated persons and consequences of radiation exposure. The primer also includes information on radiological findings related to agents that could be used in a biological or chemical attack. Full Story

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