ARN trains medical students in ionizing radiation and radiological and nuclear emergencies

The Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN) has trained advanced medical students at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) through Seminar “Ionizing radiation and radiological and nuclear emergencies”which is carried out within the 1st Department of Toxicology of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University.

The seminar was held in person on June 3, 2022 and was dictated by Dr. Marina Vazquezrepresenting RNA, and especially Matthias Scaso, Deputy Inspector of the Special Risk Brigade of the Argentine Federal Police (PFA). They took part in it more than 70 students.

Dr. Vazquez addressed issues related to diagnosis and treatment of diseases associated with excessive exposure to ionizing radiationsuch as acute radiation syndrome and radiation-induced skin syndrome, as well as aspects related to response to radiological and nuclear accidents. Meanwhile isp. Scaso explained the work done by the brigade, with a special focus on actions in situations involving radioactive materialwhich is carried out in cooperation with the ARN radiological and nuclear intervention system.

This seminar is part of a series of talks to be attended by students from the 1st Department of Toxicology at UBA, whose speakers are Prof. Carlos Damin and on Prof. Maria Gonzalez Negriin order to offer training to students on topics that are not included in the career program, but are of interest for their overall education.

Medical toxicologists are the first contact for a person exposed to ionizing radiation and are references for joint clinical follow-up, especially for those with internal radioactive contamination. For this reason, for years ARN has been carrying out this type of activity, aimed at organizations and institutions in the field of medicine, which can intervene as first aid in emergencies.

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