In Case of Emergency…

Chaos reigns in the early stages of an unplanned exposure situation. Decision-makers must rapidly figure out what happened, assess whether people are at risk, and what responses are justified. The October issue of Health Physics is packed with the latest emergency response research. Uk Jae Lee and Hee Reyoung Kim report on a new tool to convert scan data to 2D and 3D radiation distribution contour maps in seconds in their article, “Development of On-site Rapid Environmental Radiation Distribution Monitoring System for Decision Making at a Radiation Emergency”. In his article, “Comparison of NRC's RASCAL Emergency Response Code with NOAA's HYRad Dispersion Model and Tracer Experimental Data” Michael Abbott compares the predictions of two commonly used dispersion models. And finally, Sander Perle reviews advice provided in “NCRP Report No. 179, Guidance for Emergency Response Dosimetry, Recommendations of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements”. Readers involved in emergency response planning won’t want to miss the October issue.

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