Radiation Emergency Medicine
ORAU radiation professionals offer world-class, experience-based education to help emergency providers effectively prepare for, and respond to, a radiological/nuclear incident. Our global expertise in the care of patients with radiation injury or illness, both in the pre-hospital and in-hospital settings, along with practical dose estimation that can be used to guide patient care, is the core of our educational courses.
A unique and rare resource
REAC/TS is a U.S. Department of Energy asset at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and is operated for DOE by ORAU. Our team provides advice, consultation and educational courses on the medical management of radiological/nuclear incidents.
Through management of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORAU’s radiation emergency medicine experts are helping prepare current and future generations of first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, public health professionals, emergency management and planning personnel, and health/medical physics professionals.
At REAC/TS, ORAU staffs two deployable teams that consist of any iteration of a physician, a nurse/paramedic, and a health physicist. These specialized personnel are available 24/7 to educate, advise and consult on the medical aspects of ionizing radiation injuries and illnesses. In addition, REAC/TS’ Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory serves as a radiation emergency response resource where researchers use “the gold standard” of dicentric chromosome assay, as well as other biodosimetry techniques, for radiation dose estimation.
What we do
ORAU’s experts in radiation emergency medicine have more than 40 years of experience in radiation emergency medical response, leading the way in strengthening worldwide preparedness for radiological/nuclear incidents.
Every year, more than 1,200 medical professionals participate in continuing education courses through REAC/TS. Three different courses are offered throughout the year on site at the REAC/TS training facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. These courses include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on lab activities and live exercises. Tailored outreach courses may be scheduled to meet the needs of an agency or facility and can be delivered off-site or at a designated location.
Want to learn more about radiation emergency medicine?
Peer-reviewed journal articles authored by ORAU’s Radiation Emergency Medicine professionals, as well as videos and other downloadable materials, can help you learn more about ionizing radiation and the medical aspects of radiological/nuclear incidents.
For information about REAC/TS and ORAU’s Radiation Emergency Medicine capabilities, contact us at 865.576.3131.