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Logo of Biodosimetry Assessment ToolBETHESDA, Md., June 17, 2002—Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) scientists, in collaboration with international experts on radiation casualty management, have developed and are distributing to authorized users a new software application that will enable healthcare providers to better manage the care of military and civilian radiation casualties by making it easy to gather and analyze patient information collected promptly after a radiation incident, using common computer technology.

"The Biodosimetry Assessment Tool (BAT) software application will be a powerful aid to healthcare providers," said AFRRI Director Colonel Robert R. Eng. "It will supplement their training and enable them to objectively assess and estimate radiation dose to patients. It is this radiation dose upon which effective medical decisions can be made in a nuclear environment or radiation accident."

According to William F. Blakely, the BAT project manager and AFRRI Biodosimetry Team leader,"The BAT software application compares the patient data entered into templates with radiation dose responses documented in the scientific literature. It then provides multiparameter dose assessments on which to base medical treatment and management decisions." The program archives clinical information (extent of radioactive contamination, wounds, infection, etc.) and displays relevant diagnostic information in a concise format.

AFRRI Computer Scientist Ira H. Levine explained that the application, distributed on a single CD-ROM, is about 6 megabytes, small enough for use on almost any 32-bit Windows computer. "Among its features," he said, "is an integrated, interactive human body map that permits convenient documentation of the location of a personnel dosimeter, radiation-induced erythema, and radioactivity detected by an appropriate device." In addition, the program archives collected information for later use in radiation protection matters.

The application has been field tested in radiological exercises (Direct Focus, November 2001; Dingo Dawn, August 2000) and presented at a Health Physics Society international scientific conference. Collaborators included members of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and NATO Task Group 006 on Radiation Injury and Medical Countermeasures.

A preliminary report of the project was published in 2001 in the journal Military Medicine, volume 166, pages 85-87. The article, "Biodosimetry Assessment Tool: A post-exposure software application for management of radiation accidents," was authored by R.C. Sine, I.H. Levine, W.E. Jackson, A.L. Hawley, P.G.S. Prasanna, M.B. Grace, R.E. Goans, R.G. Greenhill, and W.F. Blakely.

To request access to the BAT application, click here.