Radiation detectors can be expensive and cumbersome. Here's one
alternative, now on the market: Polaris-H, a University of Michigan
project that offers handheld gamma-ray vision.
To use the camera,
someone looking for radiation sets it down in a room. (Carefully, I
assume.) They can then connect it to an external touchscreen, piloting
the camera as it lays a radiation map over an image of the room. Unlike
some other detectors, the creators say, the Polaris-H operates well at
room temperature, as opposed to detectors that require cryogenically
frozen components. Other scanners are simply non-imaging, meaning they
have to be carted around to see different parts of the room. Plus, they
run for "below $100,000," according to a press release from the university.
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