US Military starts registry for people developing health conditions after being in Japan — Says Tokyo babies had 12 millisievert radiation dose to thyroid in weeks after 3/11 (MAP)

Published: September 6th, 2012 at 10:27 am ET
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This amount of thyroid radiation dose for Tokyo babies was once called “impossibly high”. See: "Impossibly High": WHO's initial report estimated Tokyo AND Osaka infant thyroid dose at 10 to 100 millisieverts -- Up to 1 full sievert in Namie

Title: Website reveals Fukushima radiation exposure by location
Source: Stars and Stripes
Date: September 5, 2012

U.S. personnel experienced elevated levels of radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but doses were not high enough to make them sick, according to the Department of Defense.

Radiation dose estimates have been compiled by scientists and doctors building a database — the Operation Tomodachi Registry — which eventually will list 70,000 U.S. servicemembers, civilians and family members on or near the mainland Japan during the 60 days following the massive March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Location-based dose estimates were made available Wednesday at http://registry.csd.disa.mil/otr.

Subsequent damage to the Fukushima plant caused the release of a radioactive plume that contaminated air and water as far south as Tokyo and prompted evacuation of thousands of concerned military family members to the U.S.

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When finished in December, the registry will contain location-based dose estimates for individuals at 13 locations in Japan during the disaster.

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency  health physicist Paul Blake said the registry will be useful for people or doctors with questions about how much radiation a person might have received in Japan.

“If people develop health conditions in the future that their providers feel might be related to radiation they can go to the registry,” he said. “If mothers give birth to [sick] children and they are concerned that the radiation levels might have caused it. … If we didn’t have this information available there would be questions in people’s minds.”

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Title: Registry to Provide Japan Response Radiation Info
Source: American Forces Press Service
Author: By Jim Garamone
Date: Sept. 5, 2012

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The Defense Department has established an Operation Tomodachi registry for the 70,000 U.S. service members, family members, DOD civilians and DOD contractors who were in Japan from March 12 to May 11, 2011, said Dr. Craig Postlewaite, DOD’s director for force readiness and health assurance.

“The concept of a registry evolved very soon after the crisis in Japan,” the doctor said in an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. “Initially, there was great emphasis placed on environmental monitoring, because we needed to monitor those levels to ensure that people weren’t adversely affected during the crisis.”

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h/t EXSKF

1 rem = 10 millisieverts

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