Lessons being learned between the Covid-19 pandemic and radiological emergencies: report from experts’ discussions

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Lessons being learned between the Covid-19 pandemic and radiological emergencies: report from experts’ discussions. / Martell, Meritxell; Perko, Tanja; Zeleznik, Nadja; Molyneux-Hodgson, Susan.

In: Journal of Radiological protection, 04.01.2021, p. 1-14.

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Martell, M., Perko, T., Zeleznik, N., & Molyneux-Hodgson, S. (Accepted/In press). Lessons being learned between the Covid-19 pandemic and radiological emergencies: report from experts’ discussions. Journal of Radiological protection, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6498/abd841

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Martell, Meritxell ; Perko, Tanja ; Zeleznik, Nadja ; Molyneux-Hodgson, Susan. / Lessons being learned between the Covid-19 pandemic and radiological emergencies: report from experts’ discussions. In: Journal of Radiological protection. 2021 ; pp. 1-14.

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