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 email@example.com.
(Manuscript accepted 25 January 2018)