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This palm-sized detector is used by medical radiology technicians, cancer treatment specialists, and others to measure the radiation they receive at the workplace. The technology was developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and commercialized by Battelle and Landauer, the world leader in providing personnel radiation monitoring services.

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Document Title: Radiation Detector Based on OSL
Category: Health-Related Research and Technologies, Security: Local-National-International
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: February 17, 2006
Background: A chance meeting at a conference in Vienna in 1989 united Battelle?s Steve Miller and Craig Yoder, senior vice president of Landauer, the world leader in providing personnel radiation monitoring services. Miller was presenting his research in Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL). Yoder, a former Battelle employee familiar with Battelle?s dosimetry research, suggested a collaboration to commercialize the OSL technology. The collaborative research, much of which was done at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, resulted in an innovative radiation detection technology. This palm-sized detector is used by medical radiology technicians, cancer treatment specialists, and others to measure the radiation they receive at the workplace. OSL is a radiation detection technique based on optical stimulation of solid-state materials with light to induce luminescence. Developed by Miller, the OSL technique has greatly improved the state of the art in gamma and beta radiation dosimetry. OSL is more sensitive than x-ray films and other technologies, is less expensive to manufacture, and can be read in 1 second.
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