Participation in IAEA’s “Consultancy Meeting on Medical follow-up and surveillance of persons following radiation
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held the “Consultancy Meeting on Medical follow-up and surveillance of persons following radiation emergencies” from June 15 to 17, 2015 in Vienna, Austria, in which Dr. Masao Tomonaga, Honorary President of Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital participated. He also serves as a radiation emergency medical care advisor for the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS).
The IAEA convened this consultancy meeting aimed at collecting views from specialists based on their experiences prior to formulating IAEA’s guidelines for medical follow-up of acute radiation syndrome and acute radiation dermopathy.
On Day 1 each participant gave a presentation which was followed by a Q&A session. On Days 2 and 3 they discussed frequencies and durations of medical examinations for survivors after a radiological accident occurs as well as examination methods of various cancer tumors. Following the discussions, the participants of the consultancy meeting completed the guidelines draft. An article discussing the content of the draft will be prepared by the IAEA and then will be submitted to related journals. The guidelines will be published by the IAEA.
In his presentation made at the meeting, Dr. Tomonaga mentioned JRCS’s “Nuclear Disaster Guidelines for Preparedness, Response and Recovery”. Other participants highly evaluated the “guidelines with a very wide scope and written in detail”. The IAEA’s guidelines will refer to even psychological effects on people exposed to radiation, an unprecedented content for the IAEA.
Since the JRCS’s guidelines deal with the psychological effects caused by radioactive exposure, the discussions at the consultancy meeting were also meaningful to the JRCS.