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Radiation Emergency Medicine

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Spreading vast experience with radiation emergency medicine and radiation dose assessment technology throughout the world

In April 2019, QST was selected as a “Core Advanced Radiation Emergency Medical Support Center” by the Japanese government among the five support centers. Within this, QST newly established the “Center for Advanced Radiation Emergency Medicine,” which is working on developing human resources and enhancing Japan’s preparedness and response to nuclear accidents. In addition to working as one of the collaborative centers for World Health Organization’s Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistant Network, QST was selected as a Capacity Building Center for emergency response capabilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency in September 2017, and it plays a role in disseminating our expertise and skills to Asian countries.

Training for radiation emeregency medicine

QST has experience in dose measurement and risk assessment of past radiation accidents and has also focused on the development of dosimetry and evaluation techniques. This experience and skills will be shared with domestic and international physicians and other staff involved in radiation emergency medicine through human resource development and training. Additionally, QST is currently developing the only internal radiation dose assessment technology in Japan. To treat acute radiation injuries caused by high doses of radiation, precisely measuring the radiation dose and quickly evaluating its radiation risk are of high importance. In particular, internal exposure doses are not easily measurable; thus, the aim is to develop simulation techniques for radiation dose assessment in addition to actual measurement methods.

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