Disaster Preparedness and Response

A radiation disaster is a possibility for which we must be prepared. Radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists will play a vital role as responders and as sources of accurate information for patients, the public and the medical community.

The ACR Disaster Planning Task Force — in collaboration with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine — offers this information to enable the radiology community to respond effectively in a crisis.

The resources on this page provide information on preparing for a radiation emergency, handling contaminated persons, dose assessment, radiation health effects, and accessing emergency assistance. Links are also provided on medical responses to bioterrorism.

Disaster Preparedness Primer for Radiology Professionals

Physician Preparedness


Hospital Preparedness


Federal Resources


State Resources


Resource Links