Accurately detecting ionizing radiation is essential in the event of a nuclear incident, in the prevention of terrorism and the smuggling of radioactive materials. However, static or ‘fixed’ radiation detectors can be side-stepped or fail. Mobile detectors capable of networking together offered the possibility of significantly extending real-time coverage of radioactive threats but lacked validation in Europe, hindering deployment.
Ionizing radiation can cause sickness or even death in those exposed to it. Nuclear incidents can arise by accident or, potentially, by direct acts of terrorism. In both scenarios an accurate knowledge of the amount and type of radiation present is important to allow appropriate decisions and introduce countermeasures.
Kromek Group plc designs, develops and produces x-ray and gamma-ray imaging and radiation detection products for the medical, CBRNe security, Homeland Security and civil nuclear radiation detection markets.