REAC/TS releases proceedings from fifth international medical radiation symposium and workshop

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As part of its mission to provide continuing education for personnel responsible for treating radiation injuries, the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) hosted the Fifth International REAC/TS Symposium on the Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness symposium and has published the proceedings as The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness: Medical Management.

This symposium, held in Miami, attracted almost 200 participants from 18 countries who came to hear 37 experts discuss the most recent medical advances in the diagnosis and management of radiation emergencies and illnesses. The presentations included information from more than 100 authors of scientific papers.

“Some of the most renowned medical radiation experts from around the globe shared case studies and research along with cutting-edge technologies and procedures for diagnosing and treating radiation injuries and illnesses at this symposium,” said REAC/TS Director Dr. Albert Wiley.

A biodosimetry workshop followed the symposium and featured a number of discussions related to basic, translational and clinical research involving use of multiple biodosimetry analyses for radiation injury and dose assessment. Biodosimetry is the use of physiological, chemical or biological markers of exposure of human tissues to ionizing radiation for the purpose of reconstructing radiation doses received by individuals or populations, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Learn more about the biodosimetry workshop and symposium presentation topics by viewing the table of contents with selected abstracts from The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness: Medical Management. These proceedings are available in hard copy and electronically. For more information, visit

REAC/TS is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education facility managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration with the mission to strengthen the medical response to radiological and nuclear incidents.  REAC/TS provides 24/7 medical support and deployment to provide emergency medical consultation for incidents involving radioactive materials and ionizing radiation worldwide. REAC/TS also conducts ongoing research into the biological effects of radiation and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers. For more information, visit