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India: laboratories to prepare for assessing rasiation damage adter a nuclear disaster

‘India building three specialised labs to assess nuclear radiation damage’, Economic Times Nov 14, 2018  NEW DELHI: Scientists at INMAS are developing three new specialised laboratories which they say could boost India’s nuclear preparedness and help save thousands of lives in case of an atomic war or a nuclear disaster.

Biodosimetry labs are specialised centres for assisting medical management of radiation exposure in case of a nuclear disaster.

………The mandatory test at the laboratory will ascertain the quantum of the exposure a person has suffered and also the possibility of their survival, they said.

“During radioactive accidents, thousands of patients may be rushed to hospitals. The blood of such patients will have damaged components in proportion to the radiation received that this test assess,” A K Singh, Director General of Life Sciences at the DRDO, told PTI.

“Biodosimetry labs employ a test called Dicentric Chromosomal test. Laborious work is needed for three to four days and only then one can report on the severity of the damage,” he added.
//economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66618963.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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November 15, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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