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Screening portal, system and method of using same

United States Patent

April 30, 2013
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A portal, system and method for screening an object for a target substance is provided. The portal includes an inflatable bladder expandable to form a test space for receiving the object and a plurality of nozzles positioned about the inflatable bladder. The nozzles are in fluid communication with a fluid source for directing air over the object whereby samples are removed from the object for examination. A collector is operatively connected to the inflatable bladder for collecting the samples removed from the object. A detector is operatively connected to the collector for examining the removed samples for the presence of the target substance. At least one preconcentrator may be operatively connected to the collector for concentrating the samples collected thereby.
Linker; Kevin L. (Albuquerque, NM), Hunter; John A. (Albuquerque, NM), Brusseau; Charles A. (Tijeras, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 636,852
December 14, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.