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What to Look for in RIIDs

If you are using a radionuclide identification device or RIID, you’re probably searching for dangerous and radioactive substances. To make avoid damaging reading errors, it is important to look for instruments that are both reliable and accurate. The device must be closely attuned to gamma radiation and occasionally, neutron radiation. Most devices are handheld to cater to easy field usage and they can be found in a variety of industries.

Industries and Applications

You’ll find border patrols and other law enforcement bodies frequently use RIIDs during routine procedures. However the instrument can be found in a multitude of other industries as well:

  • HAZMAT
  • Emergency response
  • Radiation safety
  • Health physics
  • Passenger and freight monitoring
  • Environmental waste monitoring
  • Homeland security
  • Medical
  • Industrial

Many important agencies find use for this instrument as they continue to safeguard certain areas and territories and can depend on Berkeley Nucleonics for their resource.

Detecting Options

RIID systems usually offer a range of detection options for different tasks. Detecting radiation goes beyond simply picking up gamma radiation. The best readings can give information about concentrations of:

  • Sodium iodide
  • Cerium bromide
  • Lithium

With all of this information, users can make better decisions about access to or treatment of a contaminated area. Additionally, they can ascertain the exact levels of various substances and gain a greater understanding of natural and human-made phenomenon.

Ideal Features

Most RIIDs are handheld systems with batteries or rechargeable power sources. The exact features for each device will vary, but some of the more useful or ideal are:

  • Auxiliary port
  • Water resistant panels
  • Lightweight
  • Detector retention clip
  • Temperature stabilization mechanism
  • Soft keys (work glove friendly)
  • Ergonomic handle

When it comes to radionuclide identification, you need a device with high performance features and durability. As you look for your next device, keep these features and capabilities in mind. Make sure you get an instrument that can perform in the reliably in the field as you conduct important radiation testing.