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Apparatus and method for radioactive waste screening

United States Patent

September 4, 2012
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An apparatus and method relating to screening radioactive waste are disclosed for ensuring that at least one calculated parameter for the measurement data of a sample falls within a range between an upper limit and a lower limit prior to the sample being packaged for disposal. The apparatus includes a radiation detector configured for detecting radioactivity and radionuclide content of the of the sample of radioactive waste and generating measurement data in response thereto, and a collimator including at least one aperture to direct a field of view of the radiation detector. The method includes measuring a radioactive content of a sample, and calculating one or more parameters from the radioactive content of the sample.
Akers; Douglas W. (Idaho Falls, ID), Roybal; Lyle G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Salomon; Hopi (Idaho Falls, ID), Williams; Charles Leroy (Pocatello, ID)
The United States of America, as represented by the United States Deparment of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
12/ 787,192
May 25, 2010
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.