San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2011
As news crews from NBC News head to Japan to report on the difficult situation following last weeks earthquake and tsunami, they will be equipped with state-of-the-art radiation detection devices from Berkeley Nucleonics, a manufacturer of nuclear detection systems in California. The radiation detectors are about the size of a doctor’s pager and fit on the belt of the user. They alarm in the presence of nuclear radiation and store accumulated dose over a period of time.
The instruments were provided on Saturday afternoon as company staff met with NBC couriers in San Rafael. The rush was in an urgent attempt to meet deadlines for staff reporters who were leaving the country. Other instruments from Berkeley Nucleonics currently deployed in Japan include the SAM Isotope Identifier, see http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0314/Japanese-nuclear-reactor-update-Amid-signs-of-progress-new-problems
The ability to alarm is useful for people not expecting to encounter nuclear radiation. Accumulated dose is an added feature that allows people to continue critical work such as search and rescue with a preset total dose alarm indicating when the worker should retreat from the area.
The thresholds for acceptable doses of radiation are set by various US agencies including the US EPA, which has maintained that an accumulated dose up to 5 REM (Roentgen Equivalent in Man) is acceptable per year. For emergency workers and first responders, higher limits are allowed. See the diagram below for common activities and the related exposure rates.
About the Company:
Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation (BNC) has a 45 year history providing precision electronic instrumentation for test, measurement and nuclear research. Our products include signal / pulse generators and digital delay generators (DDG), multimeters and frequency counters, radiation detectors (RIID) and life sciences instrumentation. Flagship instruments include a 250pS 8-Channel Digital Delay Generator, a NIM Precision Pulse Generator and ANSI compliant handheld isotope identifers (RIID) and radiation pagers (PRD). We offer users around-the-clock support on our products and can customize a suite of instruments to meet the most demanding applications.
BNC’s radiation detection products are popular for detection, dosimetry and isotope identification and in use by HazMat teams, firefighters, first responders, and border protection personnel. Analytical products offer real time medical, industrial, SNM and NORM nuclear isotope identification. From pager to portal, we understand detection and spectroscopy applications. BNC offers an accredited training program which provides attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques involved in radiation detection and isotope identification. This program also provides CEUs and can educate new and experienced users. Regional courses or on-site, our trainers can deliver. Give us a call or try our Live Online Help...800-234-7858.