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Adopting the International System of Units for Radiation Measurements in the United States: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

Most countries in the world use the SI (Système International, also known as the metric system) units for radiation measurements in commercial and technical activities. The United States, in contrast, uses a mix of SI and conventional units for radiation measurements, despite 30-year-old national and international recommendations to exclusively use SI. Radiation professionals in the United States are faced with the need to understand bot... More >>

The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident: Summary of a Symposium (2014)

The topic of the 2014 Gilbert W. Beebe symposium was prompted by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was initiated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. This was the fourth major nuclear accident that has occurred since the beginning of the nuclear age some 60 years ago. The rarity of nuclear accidents and the limited amount of existing experiences that have bee... More >>

Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites: Summary of a Workshop Series (2014)

During the Second World War and the ensuing Cold War, the United States created a massive industrial complex to produce nuclear materials and weapons for national defense. The activities also produced large quantities of radioactive and hazardous wastes that resulted in widespread groundwater and soil contamination. In 1989, the Office of Environmental Management (EM) was created within the Department of Energy, with the mission of the saf... More >>

Tracking Radiation Exposure from Medical Diagnostic Procedures: Workshop Report (2012)

The growing use of medical diagnostic procedures such as diagnostic computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging exams brings tremendous benefits in the care of most patients. Yet there are growing concerns about the potential health risks resulting from the associated radiation exposure and increase in utilization. A number of initiatives in radiation safety in medicine have taken place in the United States and internationally... More >>

Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Converting U.S. and Russian Research Reactors: A Workshop Report (2012)

The availability of highly enriched uranium (HEU) is a significant proliferation and security concern, particularly in the civilian sector, where resources may not be available or used to protect the material adequately during storage or transport. This report focuses on the civilian use of HEU as fuel for research reactors, which are used in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, including nuclear engineering, nuclear physic... More >>