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Emergency Response

REAC/TS medical personnel provide 24/7 response to radiation emergencies and incidents worldwide

REAC/TS personnel attending to a radiation emergency patient

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a deployable, U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) asset that is on-call 24 hours a day/seven days a week to offer expertise on managing the medical component of a radiation incident.

REAC/TS provides incident response and consultation to physicians worldwide. We also maintain specialized response teams consisting of a physician, nurse/paramedic and a health physicist to ensure our readiness to respond to a radiation emergency. This enables rapid dose assessment, radiological and medical triage, diagnosis and medical management of radiation incidents.

Our response teams are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment that can be transported to a site or used in our unique facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., located at Methodist Medical Center. Within these facilities, the staff are equipped to administer:

  • Medical and radiological triage
  • Decontamination
  • Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) and Prussian Blue therapy for specific radiological materials
  • Diagnostic and prognostic assessments of radiation-induced injuries
  • Biological and radiological dose estimates by methods that include cytogenetic analysis, bioassay and in vivo counting

A cytogenetic biodosimetry laboratory, as well as several health physics laboratories, are also located on the ORISE campus. Cytogenetic biodosimetry can be used for determining the radiation doses to victims.