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The Fukushima Radiation Accident: Consequences for Radiation Accident Medical Management

Meineke, Viktor; Dörr, Harald

doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e31825b5809
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The March 2011 radiation accident in Fukushima, Japan, is a textbook example of a radiation accident of global significance. In view of the global dimensions of the accident, it is important to consider the lessons learned. In this context, emphasis must be placed on consequences for planning appropriate medical management for radiation accidents including, for example, estimates of necessary human and material resources. The specific characteristics of the radiation accident in Fukushima are thematically divided into five groups: the exceptional environmental influences on the Fukushima radiation accident, particular circumstances of the accident, differences in risk perception, changed psychosocial factors in the age of the Internet and globalization, and the ignorance of the effects of ionizing radiation both among the general public and health care professionals. Conclusions like the need for reviewing international communication, interfacing, and interface definitions will be drawn from the Fukushima radiation accident.

*Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology, Munich, Germany.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

For correspondence contact: Harald Do¨rr, Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology, Munich, Germany, or email

(Manuscript accepted 19 April 2012)

© 2012 by the Health Physics Society