Microspec Gamma Probes


Overview

Sodium iodide (NaI)-based detectors continue to be an excellent choice for field instruments, combining high efficiency and simplicity with good resolution at a reasonable cost.  However, NaI basic response is a poor match to tissue response and its sensitivity varies dramatically with energy.  Many NaI monitors merely use a discriminator above a particular gamma-ray energy threshold to yield the gamma dose, which gives such instruments poor energy-dependence relative to the calibration dose often based on 137Cs. In the MICROSPEC system, NaI response functions and efficiencies are stored in the on-board computer.  The acquired spectrum is stripped and used to calculate dose equivalent using internationally accepted energy-dose conversion coefficients.  The result is a NaI-based system that provides highly accurate, energy-independent, tissue equivalent dose.

Over the years, BTI has continually refined the advanced MICROSPEC spectroscopic survey systems and has developed a unique line of probes, all providing accurate dosimetric information as well as spectroscopic data.

 

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