New "dirty bomb"sensors in D.C. hospital

Emergency Management Alert, November 11, 2008

With increased awareness being placed on biological attacks, a private Washington D.C hospital has installed new technology that alerts doctors and nurses if there is a risk of a “dirty bomb” attack.
The 926-bed Washington Hospital Center has placed sensors out of public view that will detect if someone contaminated with dangerous radiation enters the hospital, according to USA Today. The sensors were installed to not only prevent attacks, but prevent a victim of an attack from contaminating hospital workers.
The sensors are also designed to differentiate between dangerous radiation and radiation used to treat cancer patients.
Although other radiation detection equipment has been installed in hospitals in D.C. and New York City, this system is the first of its kind to identify specific radioactive isotopes. It will also send text messages to employees’ cell phones if radiation is detected.
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