Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Criteria for Teletherapy Unit Exchange

This report develops the criteria necessary to successfully exchange donated linear accelerators, which are used for treating cancer, for cobalt-60 teletherapy units in low-middle income countries as part of a global campaign to prevent the theft and diversion of nuclear and radiological material. Cobalt-60 source material, used in medical treatment of cancer, can be transformed into dirty bombs that can cause widespread social and economic disruption. The authors analyze criteria necessary for transferring a donated linear accelerator within a three-fold framework of technical feasibility, security risk, and medical need. The final recommendations are for the client to leverage the provided proxies to inform and prioritize potential voluntary recipient countries and engage diverse stakeholders within the global cancer control community around key phases of the exchange. Policy brief

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in International Public Affairs, Public Affairs 860, taught by Melanie Manion in Spring 2015
  • Author(s): David Albino Debaki Ale, Asma Easa, Matthew Mayeshiba, Alex Straka, and Andrea Traverse
  • Client Name: National Nuclear Security Administration. Office of Radiological Security