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Health Physics Society 54th Annual Meeting

McLean, VA, July 8, 2009 How does Hollywood impact radiation perception? Can we treat cancer with microscopic particles acting like a Trojan horse? How does the radiation exposure our astronauts receive during space travel compare to their routine diagnostic radiology exams?

These and other questions will be addressed at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS), which will take place July 13-16, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN, at the Hilton/Minneapolis Convention Center. Approximately 900 attendees are expected, with nearly 280 presentations throughout the four days. The opening plenary session will highlight invited speakers from Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Washington State University and others discussing radiation doses from internally deposited radionuclides.


Monday afternoon

1. Stakeholder engagement

2. Nanotechnology

  • Current and future medical applications
  • Risk-benefit and ethics

Tuesday morning

1. Indoor radon

  • Measurement techniques
  • Epidemiology

Tuesday morning and afternoon

1. Accelerators

  • Mitigating radiation risks
  • The Stanford synchrotron radiation lightsource

2. Power Reactors

  • International and U.S. perspective on the nuclear energy resurgence
  • Advanced technologies
  • Public exposure considerations

3. Homeland Security

  • Advanced detection to combat terrorism
  • Global threat reduction initiative

3. Academy of Health Physics

  • Radiation exposure of the U.S. population
  • Health effects of ionizing radiation
  • Indoor radon risk

Wednesday morning

1. Medical health physics

  • CT dose assessments in clinical practice
  • Medical events

2. Federal government nuclear detonation preparedness

  • Effects and impacts in the urban environment
  • Sheltering and evacuation recommendations

Wednesday morning and afternoon

3. Case studies in health physics

  • Human factors at Three Mile Island
  • Health effects of ionizing radiation
  • Indoor radon risk


  • Predicting cancer risks from naturally occurring radionuclides in drinking water (MPM)
  • Upgrading the transuranium and uranium registries' pathology database (MPM)
  • Risks to armored combat vehicles occupants from depleted uranium (MPM)
  • Hollywood's impact on radiation perceptions (MPM)
  • Exposure of the U.S. population from medical sources (TAM)
  • New study results related to low dose and low-dose rate radiation exposures (TAM)
  • Radiofrequency field strength fluctuations due to digital conversion of television signals (WAM)
  • Screening systems for personnel and cargo vehicles (WPM)
  • Radiation from granite countertops (THAM)

Reporters who would like to attend the meeting or who need assistance contacting the presenters should contact HPS Media Liaison Kelly Classic ( or 507-254-8444).

The entire preliminary program can be found at


Contact: Kelly Classic
Health Physics Society

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