The purpose of this handbook is to provide concise supplemental reading material for the Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation Course, which is the only course in the Department of Defense for training health care professionals in the management of uncontrolled ionizing radiation exposure. As U.S. forces deploy to areas devastated by civil war and factional strife, unmarked radioactive material will be encountered in waste dumps, factories, abandoned medical clinics, and nuclear fuel facilities. Medical providers must be prepared to adequately treat injuries complicated by ionizing radiation exposure and radioactive contamination. To that end, the theory and treatment of radiological casualties is taught in the Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation Course offered by the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute at Bethesda, Maryland.
AFRRI Special Publication 99-2