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Deployment of the DosiKit System Under Operational Conditions: Experience From a French Defense National Nuclear Exercise

Entine, F.1; Bensimon Etzol, J.2; Bettencourt, C.2; Dondey, M.1; Michel, X.1; Gagna, G.1; Gellie, G.1; Corre, Y.3; Ugolin, N.3; Chevillard, S.3; Amabile, J.-C.1

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000863
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Estimation of the dose received by accidentally irradiated victims is based on a tripod: clinical, biological, and physical dosimetry. The DosiKit system is an operational and mobile biodosimetry device allowing the measurement of external irradiation directly on the site of a radiological accident. This tool is based on capillary blood sample and hair follicle collection. The aim is to obtain a whole-body and local-surface dose assessment. This paper is about the technical evaluation of the DosiKit; the analytical process and scientific validation are briefly described. The Toulon exercise scenario was based on a major accident involving the reactor of a nuclear attack submarine. The design of the scenario made it impossible for several players (firefighters, medical team) to leave the area for a long time, and they were potentially exposed to high dose rates. The DosiKit system was fully integrated into a deployable radiological emergency laboratory, and the response to operational needs was very satisfactory.

1French Defense Radiation Protection Service (SPRA), 1 Bis, Rue du Lieutenant Raoul Batany, CS500 57, 92141 Clamart Cedex, France;

2Acubens, 15 Rue Pierre Gilles de Gennes, 92160 Antony, France;

3French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) 18, Route du Panorama, 92260, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Fabrice Entine, French Defense Radiation Protection Service (SPRA) 1 Bis, Rue du Lieutenant Raoul Batany, CS500 57, 92141 Clamart Cedex, France, or email at entinef@hotmail.com.

(Manuscript accepted 25 January 2018)

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