World Security Report2014-07-24 11:15:45

New Handheld Radiation Detector Offers Enhanced Threat Detection, Identification

Security professionals who are responsible for ensuring public safety by detecting, locating and identifying radiological threats can now simplify and accelerate their work using a new handheld radiation detector with nuclide identification capabilities.

The instrument, the Thermo Scientific RadEye SPRD (Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector), builds on the success of previous generations of Thermo Scientific radiation detectors by adding a new operation mode for identifying nuclides. Equipped with a 1,024 channel analyzer, the RadEye SPRD gives non-expert users the ability to perform initial identification of radioactive materials found in the field. Thermo Fisher Scientific designed this next-generation handheld instrument to easily detect and identify common nuclides of interest - including cesium-137, cobalt-60 and more.

"In security situations involving radioactive materials, quickly and accurately identifying the precise nature of the threat is mission critical," said Bernd Friedrich, product line manager for radiation measurement and security instruments, Thermo Fisher Scientific. "The RadEye SPRD represents our continuing commitment to ensuring that the professionals responsible for keeping the public safe from radiological threats always have access to the best tools possible."

In addition to its nuclide identification capabilities, the RadEye SPRD offers:

An expansive library of nuclides of interest, which allows a security team leader to create custom alarm profiles for their team;
The same easy-to-use, portable design common to the Thermo Scientific RadEye instrument platform, which has been trusted by security professionals for years; and
Sophisticated software that allows the instrument to distinguish between background radiation and nuclides of interest automatically.

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