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Design, manufacture and deployment of a low-cost area radiation monitoring system using Raspberry Pi computers and open-source software

  • Steve CrossleyEmail author
  • Ian Bucklow
  • Jonathan Stafford
Technical Paper

Abstract

Monitoring of background radiation levels in radiopharmaceutical laboratories is a key tool in minimising dose to workers. Retrofitting area monitoring systems in an existing laboratory can be disruptive and prohibitively expensive. We set out to develop a flexible low-cost area monitoring system utilising the power of inexpensive single board computers and open-source software. A complete system has been developed which includes local and remote real-time display with local warning, dose rate logging and automated plotting and backup of results from over 20 individual monitors connected via wifi.

Keywords

Radiation safety Area monitoring Radiation measurement Computing 

Notes

Funding

No external funding was applied for or used in the fulfilment of this project.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Copyright information

© Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Technology & PhysicsSir Charles Gairdner HospitalNedlandsAustralia

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