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42nd Mid-year Topical Meeting of the Health Physics Society

McLean, VA, January 22, 2009 What would be your response to a radiological incident? How will your State and the Feds respond? Who would or can take care of us? How do we even know if we are exposed to radiation?

These and other questions will be addressed at the 42nd Midyear Topical Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS), which will take place January 31-Feb 3, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. The topic is "Recent Advances in Planning and Response to Radiation Emergencies." Approximately 400 attendees are expected, with over 110 presentations throughout the three days.


  • The role of the Office of Science & Technology Policy in strengthening our national response to radiological emergencies (Sunday a.m. session)
  • Radiological response operations by the New York City Fire Department (Sunday a.m. session)
  • Guidance for first responders (Tuesday a.m. session)
    • IAEA manual now available for PDA or smart phone
    • Radiation myth busting
    • Choosing the correct course of action
    • Software for rapid internal uptake assessment
    • The role of a community reception center
  • Medical response (Sunday p.m. session)
    • Healthcare facility response
    • The role of healthcare facilities in a radiological emergency
    • Medical testing to determine radiation dose level
  • The Public Health response (Monday a.m. session)
    • Utilizing the Medical Reserve Corp
    • How Public Health Agencies are preparing
    • The role of Public Health in a radiological emergency
  • Advances in radiation detection instrumentation (Monday p.m. session)
    • Credit card radiation dosimeter
    • GPS linkage to ground detectors
    • Real-time mapping of radiological data
    • Mobile labs
    • Identifying enriched uranium
  • Federal Agency planning (Tuesday a.m. session)
    • EPA update of the protective action guides (PAGs)
    • DHS/FEMA planning
    • FDA protective action recommendations


Contact: Kelly Classic
Health Physics Society

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