A hand-held portable video camera and radiation monitoring apparatus which can be deployed by a single operator in the field is disclosed. The apparatus uses a compact, extendable probe which provides real time visual monitoring via a video camera along with real time radiation detection and identification of isotopes. The apparatus includes software which identifies and reports to the operator via a speech synthesizer the identification of specific isotopes.
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC0996-SR18500 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.