Citizens Radiation Watch ProjectThe Project
The Therapeutics Research Institute (TRI) has initiated a unique Citizens Radiation Watch Protocol. We are in the process of providing a cesium measuring device – a highly sensitive dosimeter badge – to cooperating citizens in key parts of the world.
This chain of measuring stations include Japan, Australia, California, Arizona, Nebraska, Maryland, and Ireland. In effect, this is a sequence of stations spanning most of the globe. At each station, individuals are taking their assigned dosimeter and exposing it bi-weekly to:
The dosimeter measures the accumulation over time of cesium exposure. We will post the ongoing values as read out from each monitoring site.
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How This Differs From Other Monitoring Projects
Since TRI is a clinically oriented research institute, we are monitoring a different situation than other ongoing projects. Other projects now implemented use a Geiger counter approach to determine ongoing exposure of rays. There are several problems with this approach from a clinical viewpoint.
First, different types of measuring devices are being used so there is little uniform compatibility among readings as well as significant variability in how readings are taken. Second, from the “patient’s” point of view, the real question is how much deadly cesium and similar radiation have I accumulated? It doesn’t matter if there is a reading of some value if that does not correspond to a human response which might vary widely depending on how far away the emission was, how long, etc. So from a clinical point of view, we actually want accumulation levels. To our knowledge, TRI alone will be accumulating such data.
Finally, a uniform protocol of readings will be taken, covering the five specific entries given above. These reflect the kinds of items to which many will actually have contact. Thus we believe this “watch” will be of utmost interest over time. Note also that the readings will be cumulative by using a dosimeter badge so that low days followed by high days of exposure are properly measured as additive exposure.
The data from our monitoring sites will be publicly posted along with any commentaries the monitors feel are helpful or useful. This data will grow ever more useful over time.