Using Existing Field Radiological Instrumentation to Influence Emergency Response Decisions

D.J. Van Cleef1 and D.M. Beals2 (1ORTEC/Advanced Measurement Technology, Inc.; 2Savannah River National Lab)

In recent years, numerous emergency response organizations have acquired various types of instrumentation which may provide some indication of the presence of radioactive materials. In many cases, simple procedures can be employed with even the least-sophisticated equipment to give radiation protection professionals valuable decision-making information. This paper offers a "triage" approach to the interpretation of instrumentation responses in a radiological emergency scenario.

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