Polonium!!!. The London Po-210 Poisoning Case: What we know and what we don’t know May 15, 2008. CAPT Michael A. Noska, USPHS Senior Health Physicist U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health . Outline.
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CAPT Michael A. Noska, USPHS
Senior Health Physicist
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
11/1/2006 Litvinenko meets Russians at London hotel. Several hours later, becomes sick with vomiting.
11/4/2006 Litvinenko admitted to hospital
11/11/2006 Condition very bad. Placed under armed guard.
11/19/2006 Report of thallium poisoning.
11/21/2006 Litvinenko critical, suffers heart attack. Russians deny involvement.
11/23/2006 Litvinenko dies.
11/24/2006 Litvinenko’s statement read. Health authorities identify Po-210 as probable cause of death.
1 Gy=100 rad; 1 Sv=100 rem
Russia makes ~100 grams per year and exports ~1 gram per year to the US
ICRP 30, ICRP 68, ICRP 72
f1 = 10% for polonium
*J. Harrison et al, Polonium-210 as a poison, J. Radiol. Prot. 27 (2007), pp. 17-40.
All results <1mSv
Radiation Studies Branch
Charles W. Miller, PhD
Robert C. Whitcomb, PhD, CHP
Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP
CDR Jeffrey B. Nemhauser, MD, USPHS
Carol McCurley, MS
Bernadette Burden, Office of the Director
Dagney Olivares, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
Division of Laboratory Sciences
Robert Jones, PhD
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
Gary W. Brunette, MD
Special Thanks: John Croft, PhD, Head of Emergency Response, United Kingdom Health Protection Agency
Dr. Charles Miller
CDC, Radiation Studies Branch