Brit scientists develop revolutionary method to treat dirty bomb victims

September 13th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sep. 13 (ANI): Brit scientists have developed a cutting-edge method to treat victims of radiation contamination in an event of “dirty bomb” explosion.

The suitcase-size device can rapidly detect the extent of cellular damage caused by exposure to a nuclear will be announced this week.

Trials of this device, which would help doctors scan hundreds of potential victims at an incident within hours, will be announced this week.

Current methods of detecting such patients are complicated, and involve scientists taking blood samples which then undergo a complex battery of tests.

Experts estimate that existing UK labs could handle only 100 samples a week.

“If there was a major radiological or nuclear event the hospitals in this country could be overwhelmed,” The Independent quoted Dr Kai Rothkamm of the UK Health Protection Agency as saying.

The new equipment will assess the total body dose of radiation by detecting the damage to proteins in the nucleus of cells.

Each machine will be capable of processing 30 samples per hour. (ANI)

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