Laser Guided Radiation Wound Probe

Tech ID: 11325 / UC Case 2004-227-0

Abstract

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a laser guided radiation wound probe.

Full Description

A novel laser guided radiation wound probe has been developed by University of California, Davis researchers. In the event of a terrorist dirty bomb attack or accidental explosion of a high activity and high specific activity (HASA) radiation source, this probe allows for precise detection of embedded sources of radiation.

This device provides emergency medical staff a means of efficiently pinpointing the location of small, embedded HASA radiation sources. To do so, the wound probe utilizes a small Geiger-Mueller detector inside of a lead pinhole collimator. To pinpoint the location of the radiation source, a diode laser beam is fired through the collimator port as a patient is scanned in the x, y, and z planes.

Applications

  • Locate concealed sources of radioactive material
  • This device provides emergency medical staff a means of efficiently pinpointing the location of small, embedded high activity and high specific activity (HASA) radiation sources

Features/Benefits

  • Pinpoint the source of radioactive shrapnel
  • Minimize the amount of tissue debridement or amputation otherwise necessary;
  • Detect a radiation source from a distance
  • Minimize medical staff radiation exposure
  • Quickly locate and remove radiation sources
  • Reduce victim radiation dose

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 7,038,205 05/02/2006 2004-227
 

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Inventors

  • Bushberg, Jerrold T.
  • Case, James P.

Other Information

Keywords

laser, radiation, HASA, bomb, bomb detection, radioactive, wound

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