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Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Ethan Chan, left, Alf Morales, center, and Will Johnson.

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have developed a program that allows mobile and traditional computing devices to quickly and accurately analyze gamma radiation data at the scene of a disaster.

Credit: Dino Vournas

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed InterSpec, a program for mobile and traditional computing devices designed to quickly and accurately analyze gamma radiation data at the scene of a disaster.

InterSpec updates, strengthens, and integrates radiation analysis tools and resources into a single mobile or desktop application.

"InterSpec allows decision-makers to rapidly identify both radioisotopes and shielding materials around the source," says Sandia's Will Johnson.

He says the system provides quick and useful radiation analysis by combining radiation physics, radiation transport calculations, and detector response functions with a radioisotope database that is much larger than those found in similar products.

In addition, InterSpec works on a wide range of platforms, so users in different settings can rapidly exchange data and share a unified view of the information.

"The ability to analyze data before reaching a traditional computer or in situations where only a phone or tablet could be taken has proven extremely useful," Johnson says.

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