One Per Cent: DIY Geiger counter smartphone app to measure radiation Kat Austen, CultureLab editor In the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster, amidst a climate of general mistrust of government radiation data, a number of crowdsourced initiatives for mapping radiation levels sprang up, such as Japan Geigermap, in which radiation readings from citizens are aggregated and displayed online using a web service called pachube. But most Geiger counters for personal use cost around $200, prohibiting many from measuring radiation for themselves. That's where non-profit organisation radiation-watch.org has stepped in. They have devised a way for people to construct their own smartphone-compatible Geiger counter at home. Pocket Geiger uses 8 photodiodes to detect the radiation, aluminium foil to screen alpha and beta particles, and a plastic "Frisk" sweet box for the housing.
Radiation health impact
New take on impacts of low dose radiation Public release date: 20-Dec-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Lynn Yarrislcyarris@lbl.gov 510-486-5375DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Evidence for formation of DNA repair centers and dose-response nonlinearity in human cells Author Affiliations Contributed by Mina J. Bissell, November 1, 2011 (sent for review September 7, 2011) Abstract
What is EURDEP EURDEP (EUropean Radiological Data Exchange Platform) makes unvalidated radiological monitoring data from most European countries available in nearly real-time. The participation of the EU member states is regulated by the Council Decision 87/600 and the Recommendation 2000/473/Euratom. The participation of non-EU countries is on a voluntary basis.
A METHOD TO CHARACTERISE SITE, URBAN AND REGIONAL AMBIENT BACKGROUND RADIATION
RDTN.ORG We frequently get emails from people traveling to Japan asking if it’s safe to eat the food in country, for fear of contamination from Fukushima and thought the answer we’ve been sending out recently would be helpful/informative for others as well. SAFECAST is not equipped yet to do our own food measurements, but we cooperate with independent food measurement labs and constantly monitor both official and independent results. There has been a lot of confusion about how food is being checked, how often, and by whom. This is mainly because the food monitoring system was not initially intended for informing the public as much as for providing guidance to producers and local government agriculture officials.
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IAEA - INES (Events Scale)
Radiation Chart « xkcd There’s a lot of discussion of radiation from the Fukushima plants, along with comparisons to Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Radiation levels are often described as “<X> times the normal level” or “<Y>% over the legal limit,” which can be pretty confusing. Ellen, a friend of mine who’s a student at Reed and Senior Reactor Operator at the Reed Research Reactor, has been spending the last few days answering questions about radiation dosage virtually nonstop (I’ve actually seen her interrupt them with “brb, reactor”).
Radiation Levels Visualized Side-By-Side (INTERACTIVE)
Safety in Medical Imaging Procedures
Dose comparisons for ionising radiation Every day all over the world people are exposed to ionising radiation, almost all from natural sources in the environment or for medical reasons. Ionising radiation has enough energy to cause damage cells which can increase the risk of cancer later in life. However these risks to health are actually low and ionising radiation is widely used in cancer therapy. In general the health effects of ionising radiation are dependent on the dose received. While low doses increase the risk of cancer later in life, very high doses act like a poison and can be fatal. In the UK the HPA has calculated that on average people are exposed to about 2.7 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation a year.
Int Com on Non-Ionising Rad Protection ICNIRP Guidelines on Limits of Exposure to Laser Radiation of Wavelengths between 180 nm and 1,000 μm ---> more information ICNIRP Guidelines on Incoherent Visible and Infrared Radiation ---> more information ICNIRP/WHO International Workshop on Non-Ionizing Radiation (NIR) Protection in Medicine, 2 December 2012, Bonn, Germany ----> read more ICNIRP does not issue certificates of conformity ----> read more
Radiation Emergency Medical Management (Radiation Event Medical Management), U.S. Dept. of HHS - REMM
ORISE: Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) Through the management of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) positions the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an international leader in emergency medical response to radiation incidents. As part of its mission to strengthen medical response to radiation emergencies, REAC/TS staff are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week to deploy and provide emergency medical consultation for incidents involving radiation anywhere in the world.
ORISE: The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents provides the basic information needed for the medical management of victims of radiation incidents in an easy-to-understand manner and is now available to attendees of REAC/TS courses in “pocket guide” form. Among the topics discussed in The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents are: basic health physics and dose estimation (US and SI units) treatment of whole body and acute local irradiation issues assessment and treatment of internal contamination with radioactive materials patient decontamination delayed effects of exposure to ionizing radiation risk and psychological issues PDF Version The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents (PDF, 1.1 MB) To view the PDF version, you must have the Adobe Reader (which is available free on the Adobe Web site) or the iBooks application.