Hiroshima University launches website for information about radiation effects and medical care of the radiation-exposed

by Kei Kinugawa, Staff Writer

On April 19, Hiroshima University launched the website “Basic Information about Radiological Countermeasures,” which can be accessed freely via the Internet. [The information at the website is currently only in Japanese.] Amid rising concerns over radioactive substances leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Hiroshima University seeks to convey accurate information about radiation, among other things.

Hiroshima University's Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, along with the Radiation Emergency Medicine Promotion Center, has supervised the contents of the website. The website contains basic information about radiation and medical care of the radiation-exposed, including radiation effects on the human body in the event of exposure. Frequently-asked questions about preventive measures against radiation exposure and criteria concerning decontamination have been compiled in a question-and-answer format.

Hiroshima University’s Public Relations Group commented: “We would like to provide accurate information that is based on the research findings and expertise of Hiroshima University in connection with our accumulated experiences of medical care for the radiation-exposed. Through this effort, we hope to dispel harmful rumors.” The URL of the website is: http://aboutradiation.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/

(Originally published on April 20, 2011)