Misconceptions and Portable Radiation Detection Instrument Training


T. E. Johnson


Many misconceptions exist among beginning radiation workers concerning the use of portable radiation detection instruments. A summary of the misconceptions and the training used to overcome the misconceptions is presented. The misconceptions can be generalized into three categories: That a particular instrument can detect all radiation, count rate instruments can measure exposure, and a lack of understanding of how to monitor for contamination or exposure.


This abstract was presented at the 33rd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Instrumentation, Measurements, and Electronic Dosimetry", Field Use Session, 1/30/2000 - 2/2/2000, held in Virginia Beach, VA.

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