Anti-terror tool aims to allow rapid triage after radioactive attackA prototype could come in 2012, as the government pushes for countermeasures to nuclear or dirty bomb attacks
By Lauran Neergaard
WASHINGTON — With a few drops of blood, scientists are creating a way to tell who has absorbed dangerous radiation levels, part of the government's preparations against a terrorist attack — and research that just might point toward new cancer care, too.
Duke University's work aims to allow rapid triage in wake of a dirty bomb explosion or other radiological emergency to sort out who among potentially thousands of panicked people needs treatment for radioactive fallout and who can go home. At the same time, it illustrates an evolving new approach to developing so-called "medical countermeasures" for defense: They ought to have an everyday use, too.