Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge
This Center is an activity of the Dosimetry Research Team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This Center is responsible for the formulation, implementation, and maintenance of dosimetric methodologies used by federal agencies in occupational and environmental radiation protection, risk assessment, and radioepidemiology. The Center provides the radiologic, anatomic, dosimetric, and biokinetic data and models used to compute the dose to tissues of the body for various radiation exposures or radionuclide intakes.
The Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge was established in 2010 by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Keith Eckerman and Rich Leggett of the Human Health Risk & Environmental Analysis Group of ORNL Environmental Sciences Division led this effort to establish this center for the preservation of expertise in radiation dosimetry.
Dr. Nolan Hertel, Professor of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, accepted a Joint Faculty Appointment in the Environmental Sciences Division in the Risk and Regulatory Analysis Team in the Human Health Risk and Environmental Analysis Group. Nolan will spend approximately 80% of the remaining calendar year in residence at ORNL, and now serves as the acting director of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge. He will assist in providing direction to the radiation protection dosimetry program as ORNL seeks to preserve and expand this important activity, which has a 50-year history of excellence in the development and use of models and methodology for radiation protection. The Center is responsive to the participating agencies and is administered by DOE. This MOU is intended to help maintain and preserve U.S. expertise in radiation dosimetry and to ensure that Federal radiation programs are based on the best available information, applied in a consistent manner. For those interested, the MOU can be found here.
Resources (e.g., software, biokinetic models, publications) developed by Center personnel are accessible as downloads, interactive pages, PDFs, links, or lists.