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Internal radioactive contamination: guidance on screening people

This report (HPA-CRCE-014) gives procedures for identifying people who may need medical assessment after inhaling or ingesting radioactive material.



Following an incident where members of the public are contaminated with radioactive material, it is important to identify people quickly who may have inhaled or ingested sufficient material to require medical assessment. This guidance gives procedures for achieving this for 5 radionuclides using hand-held instruments. It also gives information on measurement sensitivity and analysis times applicable to a large screening programme using urine sample analysis.

Additional information

Rapid screening for internal radioactive contamination: provides a training guide for NHS and emergency services staff on rapid screening of people for internal radioactive contamination.