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Radiation Detection FAQs


The energy given off by matter in the form of high-speed particles or rays is called radiation. To explain in detail, let’s talk about science. The matter is composed of atoms, which further have other parts, like the nucleus. The nucleus has minute particles called protons and neutrons. And the outer shell of the atom has electrons. The nucleus is positively charged, but the electrons carry a negative electric charge.
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Reasons Why Metal Scrap Yards Need to Monitor For Radiation


Immediate and long-term health risks that people from contaminated substances account for the biggest radiation-induced issue. Immediate effects include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, sunburn, or hair fall. Long-term effects of radiation exposure can cause cancer, cataract, and cardiovascular diseases.
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5 Steps to Radiation Preparedness


Natural disasters (earthquakes or tsunami) in regions where nuclear power plants or reactors are located, accidents, and terrorist actions can lead to radiation emergencies any time. The simplest and safest way to face such situations is radiological emergency preparedness.
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Solutions for Military: Chemical and Radiation Threats


The military is exposed to a wide range of natural and human-made threats that sometimes also include radiation doses and chemical exposure. This can be detrimental to their long term health. And thus, it also affects the levels of national security.
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Next-Generation Personal Radiation Detectors Provide a New Level of Protection for Metal Recyclers


The global metal recycling industry is expected to grow up to $76.1 billion by 2025. And the cumulative average growth rate (CAGR) is expected to be 7.8% between 2020 to 2025. With that, it is obvious that it is an important economic sector employing several people. The governments of several nations mandate metal recycling. It is financially rewarding too. And also addresses our concerns about resource depletion.
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Radiation Protection for Government Agency Personnel


Radiation protection for government agency personnel is important to ensure that they can safeguard the masses from harm and hazard.

Government agencies are responsible for society’s safety in more ways than one. And significant time and resources should be invested towards their radiation protection too. This is important to minimize the occupational radiation exposure risk for government employees. And aid the overall security of the masses.
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Security Threats from Radiological Weapons and Protection from Them


While the fear of the unseen grips us when we hear the term radiological weapons, radiation detection technology comes to our aid by helping us understand the situation, monitor and measure radiation levels and take appropriate steps.
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Radiation Detection In Space Technology


There is a presence of radiation in space, and it has harmful effects on the astronauts. It is essential to understand the types of radiations in space before looking at other things. The impact of those radiations on astronauts and the countermeasures also warrant attention. This understanding will help develop better radiation detection and protection technology. This, in turn, will aid space technology.
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5 Tips About Radiation for Firefighters


Fire and radiation are harmful and feared emergencies requiring immediate and informed action, but when the situation involves both these hazards at the same time, first responders, usually firefighters, need to stay extra cautious.
In case of a fire radiation emergency, first responders need to be armed with information. As well as the right devices that can minimize the risk and control panic.
The best way to understand what to do when in the middle of an emergency concerning radiation is to think of it this way...
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Is There A Cure For Radiation Exposure?


Exposure to high doses of ionizing radiation within a short time can cause radiation poisoning. There are both long-term and short-term effects of radiation poisoning, including death.

However, not all forms of radiation exposure cause radiation sickness. Also, radiation sickness is not necessarily fatal. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 provides a relevant point of reference.

A total of 28 firefighters and workers died from radiation poisoning at Chernobyl. About 100 others were diagnosed with radiation sickness. They all survived, however.
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Introduction To Radiation Detectors


We hear of radiation therapy, especially for certain types of cancer. We also hear of radiation disasters such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in 2011.

Radiation, thus, can be both helpful and harmful to humans. Hence the need to deepen our understanding of what radiation is all about. That is also why we need radiation detectors.
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Treatment For Radiation Poisoning


Radiation poisoning happens due to exposure to a high dose of ionizing radiation, usually over a short time. Such exposure allows radiation to get inside the human body through breathing, and/or open wounds.

The consequent damage caused to our internal organs is what we refer to as radiation poisoning. Other names for radiation poisoning are radiation sickness, or acute radiation syndrome (ARS).
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What’s the Difference Between a Geiger Counter and a Personal Radiation Detector?


It is common in popular culture to refer to all types of radiation detection instruments as Geiger counters. That, however, is a mistake.

There are different types of radiation detection instruments. Not all of them are Geiger counters. A personal radiation detector (PRD), for example, is different from a Geiger counter.
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What Instrument Is Routinely Used To Check A Person’s Exposure To Radiation?


Any kind of radiation exposure is harmful to humans, irrespective of the dose being low or high. There are differences in the biological effects of low- and high-dose radiation, of course. But, there are adverse health impacts of low-dose ionizing radiation as well as beneficial ones.
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What’s The Difference Between Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Radiation?


Radioactivity is the process of unstable nuclei spontaneously decomposing to attain a more stable nuclear status. The decaying process continues until the unstable nuclei gain stability. Alpha, beta, and gamma, as named by Rutherford, are three such processes.

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How Can Radiation Be Controlled And Safely Used In Medicine


The World Nuclear Organization informs that the use of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis has a growth rate of more than 10%annually. In addition, 7.5 million cancer patients globally were receiving radiation-based treatment by 2013.

The flip side is that ionizing radiation in health care is the single largest artificial source of radiation exposure for patients, healthcare workers, and the population in general, according to WHO (World Health Organization).
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How Is Radiation Used In Medicine


Radiation is an energy that can be of two types: ionizing and non-ionizing. Radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum with energy efficiency too low to cause ionization is known as non-ionizing radiation. Infrared (IR), microwave (MW), radio frequency (RF), ultraviolet (UV), etc. are typical examples.

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Nuclear Security Systems and Measures for Major Public Events


Preparations for ensuring the nuclear security of major public events need careful planning and execution. It usually involves the deployment of a wide range of radiation detection instruments and the training of hundreds of people in operating them.
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The Basics Of Radiation Survey Meters: Explained


It is possible to detect radiation using a variety of instruments. Radiation survey meters constitute one category of such instruments. These are used to detect and monitor radiation levels.
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Radiation Measurement: 5 Tips to Choose the Right Device for the Job


One look-back at the Chornobyl disaster will make you understand how the danger of radiation looms large on the earth right now. The scariest aspect is that radiation has no color or odor, and is hence undetectable. Imagine walking straight into a highly radioactive zone without sensing the impending doom. The personnel working in radioactive facilities or those responsible as first-responders in potential radiation risk situations need solid protection to stay safe from the perils of exposure.
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How to use a Geiger counter


The original detection principle was discovered in 1908, but it was not until the development of Geiger counter in 1928 by Hans Geiger and Walther Muller (about 100 years ago!) that the Geiger-Müller counter became a practical instrument. Since then it has been very popular due to its robust sensing element and relatively low cost to determine whether an object was radioactive and emitting radiation. It is also potentially capable to detect the amount of particle emission by the radioactive substance.

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What Type of Crystal Is Used In Radiation Detection Meters?


Radioactive isotopes leave a unique signature in the form of particles they emit and they are measured by radiation detection meters. These detectors play a key role in areas like nuclear power generation, border security, nuclear medicine, proliferation, decommissioning and decontamination.

Due to the complexity of the detection process and the scarcity of Helium-3 – the preferred choice for neutron detection in various applications – sensitive materials are necessary. And organic and inorganic scintillating crystals are good alternatives.

Crystalline Form

Crystals scintillate when exposed to X-rays and the most common distinction is between inorganic and organic crystals.
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Ways of radiation penetration into human body


The main sources of radiation are not the potentially dangerous nuclear objects in cases of emergency but rather the natural sources. A person receives the main dose of radiation from natural radiation sources like outer space.
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Measuring Radiation


Why Measure Radiation?

Radiation including Alpha and Beta particles, and Gamma and X-rays, are useful to us in various fields like medicine, agriculture, research, power, military, and many other possible fields. But uncontrolled exposure to radiation can be harmful, even fatal. Measurement of radiation is, therefore, essential when dealing with it. Detection and measurement of any background radiation are also necessary because that too can exceed safety levels. Finally, detection and measurement are necessary to prevent illegal transfer of radioactive material across national borders.
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Understanding Personal Radiation Detectors


For anybody working in a field with risks of exposure to radiation, it’s supremely important to understand the basics of choosing appropriate devices for measurements. Getting an idea of the intensity of radiations is the first step of planning on safe operations.
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Fire Responders’ Guide to Dealing With Radiation


It’s unfortunate but true – weapons of mass destruction are in the wrong hands. Today, the probability of a fire respondent being called upon to tackle situations where fires are caused by anti-state elements using advanced weaponry, are much common than what you’d realize. For any job that puts you in a situation of life risk to you, your colleagues, and several others, there’s no such thing as over preparing.
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Personnel Exposure Monitoring


Personnel monitoring is one of the most crucial aspects of worker safety. Without the use of radiation exposure monitoring devices to constantly monitor and record an individual’s exposure levels, it would be impossible to see whether the worker is going over their radiation limits. The level of radiation the worker accumulates depends greatly on the radiation dose they receive and the time they spend in hazardous areas. So when a person is exposed to high power sources of radiation or spends a longer amount of time in such a place, they will receive a larger dose.
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Obtaining Radiation Intelligence


Research into radiation reconnaissance first started in the 1980s amidst speculation of a possible nuclear war. Devices meant to measure radiation were first made in Hungary for use in the battlefield. However, the failings of technological expertise meant that these devices were not very effective. It was after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 that more serious research was conducted in this field, so as to perform a thorough analysis of the results of the disaster. Since these times, we have seen quite a few advancements made in the field.
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Detecting Radiation: A Matter of Business


Working with radioactive materials and radiation emissions has become a routine for a number of organizations and companies the world over. More and more organizations are recognizing the need within their operations to be able to accurately and precisely detect and measure the radiation count. In light of this, companies like ECOTEST roll out instruments to measure radiation for organizations to use. This article lists a few applications for such instruments.
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The different uses and applications of Radiation Portal Monitors


When it comes to nuclear security Radiation Portal Monitors are a necessity. With the world discovering the uses of nuclear power, it opened up a Pandora’s Box of dangerous weapons that can be used against humanity.
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Radiation Detectors For Homeland Security


In spite of the technological advancements in shape of reliable, sturdy and top notch equipment for fighting and detecting radiation, the problem is nowhere near solved for homeland security personnel. Some of the machinery includes personal dosimetry, radiation survey meters, monitors for tracking the level of radioactive materials in the environment, and other specialized equipment. Read on to know about the radiation detectors used for homeland security.
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Detecting and Measuring Ionizing Radiation


A human body has been equipped with multiple sense organs by virtue of evolution, but none of them is capable of detecting the presence of radiation in a natural or closed environment. However, many times the radiation can be “felt” and the signs can easily be mistaken for a paranormal presence.
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Best Radiation Detector for Home use 2020


Radiation is a form of energy that comes from a source and travels through a medium, including vacuum. Sun rays are one of the most familiar forms of radiation. Light heat and sound, all are types of radiation.
But the radiations we need worry about are called ionizing radiation. It can produce charged particles (ions) in a matter. It can cause damage to matter, particularly living tissues by changing the structure and even the DNA. Obviously, at high levels of exposure, it is extremely dangerous to you and even your children who are not born yet!
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5 Tips To Find Radiation Detection Equipment Manufacturer


Radiation is not a fictional threat anymore which is only present in Marvel and DC universes. With repetitive leaks in nuclear power plants all across the world, it has become necessary that people take necessary steps to monitor their personal safety and surrounding radiation levels. This is in fact mandatory for people leaving near Fukushima or Chernobyl as nuclear radiation can persist in nature for decades and affect human health adversely. For anybody interested, the main trouble is not finding radiation detection equipment but rather locating a manufacturer whom we can trust. The key to finding the right radiation monitoring system manufacturer can become a little easier if we keep the following points in mind.
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Easy Ways To Detect Radiation Exposure In Radiological Laboratories


People who work in radiology labs and X-ray labs are especially at risk of high radiation exposure. However in most cases even experts cannot comprehend the effects of radiation on their health till it becomes symptomatic. Hence for people who work in such environments it is imperative to own personal radiation monitoring equipment which can detect carious levels of radiations and their types too.
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What is radiation?


Radiation is a form of emission that changes the state of nuclei and atoms, transforming them into electrically charged ions and products of nuclear reaction. Different forms of radiation have different penetration ability, therefore they unequally affect our organism.
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Examples of threats


There are many ways of radionuclide migration in the environment. The consequence of such processes is pollution of soil, water, trees and plants as well as irradiation of people and animals.
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Effects of radiation


Under the influence of ionizing radiation, atoms and molecules of living cells get ionized, which results in complicated physical and chemical processes that affect the nature of human's further vital activity.
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Impact mitigation


Residents of the areas where mining and mineral raw material processing works (coal mining, in particular) are located, and also those near thermal power engineering and metallurgy works receive large doses of radiation. The concentration of radon in the air of residential constructions and public buildings in these areas can ten times exceed valid hygienic norms.
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