OSU Develops Portable Radiation Detector

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Some nuclear engineers at Oregon State University say they’ve developed radiation detectors that are small, portable and inexpensive.

They say the devices tell what kind of radiation is around them, how much, and if it’s a health risk, according to findings published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research.

“There are a lot of misconceptions by many people about radioactivity and natural background radiation, and technology of this type may help address some of those issues,” said Abi Farsoni. “Sometimes, there are also real concerns, and the device will be able to identify them. And of some importance to us, we want the technology to be very simple and affordable so anyone can obtain and use it.”

The detectors cost about $150 each and are not available to the public yet.

Watch KEZI 9 News tonight at 5 and 6 p.m. to learn why researchers developed this device.

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