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Radiation Emergencies

Medical Management | Decontamination | Patient Management | Overview & Background | For Public Health and Medical Professionals | For Media and Communication Professionals 

Radiation symbol   A radiological or nuclear incidents occuring within the U.S. homeland or elsewhere could take a number of forms, including: contamination of food or water with radioactive material; placement of radiation sources in public locations; detonation of radiological dispersal devices that scatter radioactive material over a populated area; an attack on a nuclear power plant or a high-level nuclear waste storage facility; or an improvised nuclear device.

Radiation Emergencies

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Patient Management
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References provided courtesy of Center for Disease Control and Radiation Emergency Medical Management.  


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  • This page last reviewed: September 08, 2011