Radiation disasters are rare, but their effects may be profound and prolonged. Such disasters may occur at one of numerous locations where radiation sources are utilized or stored. Radiation disasters can be either unintentional or intentional, and are generally caused by either human error or a terrorist act. The use of radiation within industry, research, and medicine is extensive, and the effects of nuclear radiation are misunderstood by the public. The government, medical community, and general public should support prevention, preparedness, and response measures due to the potential for injury, destruction, and contamination caused by radiation disasters.

Although disasters from radiation exposure are rare occurrences, the short and long-term physical and psychological consequences of this type of event can be profound. This release of radioactive material ...

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