Adult Health Study, Health Effects Study of the Children of A-bomb Survivors

We invite A-bomb survivors and their children to come to RERF for health examinations so that we can investigate the health effects of radiation. The RERF Department of Clinical Studies performs most such examinations. These individuals are informed of the examination results and referred to specialty hospitals when necessary.

The examinations include measurement or testing of:

・Height and weight
・Blood pressure
・Stool occult blood reaction

Hematology test

Red blood cell count, white blood cell count, blood platelet count, hematocrit level, hemoglobin level, differential white blood cell count

Biochemistry test

Liver function, kidney function, lipid (total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol), uric acid electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chlorine, calcium, phosphorus)

Hepatitis virus test

HBs antigen and antibody, HCV antibody (when positive, HCV-RNA quantity)

Glucose metabolism test

Blood glucose level, hemoglobin A1c level (when diabetes is suspected, glucose tolerance test)
Anti-GAD antibody, etc.

Test for inflammation

High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, blood sedimentation, rheumatoid factor

Prostate tumor marker test

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) (for males aged 50 or older)

Chest X ray
Electrocardiography (ECG)
Abdominal ultrasonography
Thyroid and carotid ultrasonography
Breast examination (palpation, breast ultrasonography when necessary)
Gynecological examination (for whose who so wish)
Body fat measurement
Sputum cytology (for heavy smokers and those who so wish)
Osteoporosis test

Individuals are fully informed of the details of the examinations and give consent before undergoing the examinations.


Hematology and biochemistry tests

Physical examination by physician

Such biological samples as blood are cryopreserved for future research.

In addition to the above health examinations,we provide the following services:

Health counseling

Physicians, public nurses, and nurses offer health counseling.

Medical care counseling

Social workers provide advice to inquiries about medical or welfare institutions.