Understanding radiologic and nuclear terrorism as public health threats
Preparedness and response perspectives
By Daniel Barnett, Cindy L. Parker, David W. Blodgett, Rachel K. Wierzba, Jonathan Links
The Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Terrorism dates back to antiquity, but our understanding of it as a public health threat is still in its nascent stages. Focusing on radiation and nuclear terrorism, we apply a public health perspective to explore relevant physical health and psychosocial impacts, the evolving national response infrastructure created to address terrorism, and the potential roles of nuclear medicine professionals in preparing for and responding to radiologic and nuclear terrorism.