An Android app for radioactivity detection?

by Gary Stamper

Connecticut-based Image Insight, Inc., has just released an app that uses software and the smartphone’s camera to measure radioactivity levels, allowing users to find out whether their environments are safe; the software is the civilian version of technology developed under contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and with DHS.

The app measures Gamma Rays, one of three sources of radiation, but does not measure alpha or beta radiation and sells for $4.99. The Gamma Pix websitesstates:

GammaPix™ works with your smartphone’s camera to detect radioactivity. The app allows you to measure radioactivity levels wherever you are and to be assured that your local environment is safe. The app can be used for the detection of radioactivity in everyday life such as exposure on airplanes, from medical patients or from contaminated products. You can also use GammaPix™ to detect hazards from unusual events, such as nuclear accidents of the kind experienced in 2011 in Fukushima, Japan, or a terrorist attack by a dirty bomb or quietly placed radioactive silent sources.

The GammaPix™ patented technology is based on analysis software that operates on the images produced by a surveillance camera, webcam or smartphone to measure the local gamma radiation exposure at the device. The technology is sensitive enough to detect, within seconds, dangerously high levels of radiation so that you can quickly get away! You can also use the software to collect data over longer times, from minutes to hours, to detect weaker radioactivity sources or normal background radioactivity.

GammaPix imageGamma rays are blamed for making Bruce Banner the Incredible Hulk.

Food is irradiated to provide the same benefits as when it is processed by heat, refrigeration, freezing or treated with chemicals to destroy insects, fungi or bacterial that cause food to spoil or cause human disease and to make it possible to keep food longer and in better condition in warehouses and homes. Gamma Rays are, however, the only one the above mentioned processes that leaves behind a “gift that keeps on giving.”

But don’t look for this app to measure gamma rays in food, one of the primary reasons you might want to consider owning a radiation detector.

The most popular design of radiation detector is a Geiger counter because it is readily available, easy to use, of compact design in many cases, and in an affordable price range.  And certain models are quite sensitive.  So for one who chooses to use a Geiger counter to check food and drink for radioactive contamination, certain criteria are recommended: One is that it should also detect alpha radiation, by virtue of incorporating a thin mica end window. Here’s a link for the qualities to look for in a radiation detector.

In the end, Accurate measurement of radiation in food requires a multi-channel analyzer and a special oven for ashing the food to concentrate the radioactivity.

Besides…do you really want to download an app that has the DOD and DHS as the source?



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