Emergency Response Services
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 across the globe. 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 within Methodist Medical Center. Within these facilities, the staff are equipped to administer:
- Medical and radiological triage
- 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.