At the moment, personal safety devices are limited to co-workers of medical imaging and radiotherapy facilities and to persons, working with ionizing radiation or particles in an industrial context. IoT will allow anyone to carry such device and to collect much more statistical data.
Caeleste joined an International Consortium under the Eurostars umbrella together with South Korean Wireless Solution provider FC Unwired and Biotech company Equis & Zaroo to develop an affordable personal radiation dose monitor that will be used in hospitals by patients and medical personnel during medical treatments involving nuclear species. In a later stage, the device will also be used by personnel in industrial facilities when using ionizing radiation or high energetic particles. After the professional rollout, a further integration of the device into smartphones and other communication devices can be envisaged in order to make very detailed radiation maps around the globe.
The WPRD (Wireless Personal Radiation Detector) is a detector based on standard CMOS silicon and uses Caeleste’s patented photon-counting techniques. Via a traditional scintillator interface, radiation particles are counted and transferred via Bluetooth communication to a centralized system, which can be a regular smart phone. The WPRD is capable of detecting nuclear species ranging from Alpha and Beta particles to Gamma, Neutron and Medical X-ray particles with a lowest possible detectable dose rate of about 0.3uSv/h. The detector will run on a single 3.3 V battery with a 1 year lifespan. Prototype silicon has been verified in the Caeleste labs and detailed radiation and calibration testing in collaboration with the Belgian Institute for Nuclear Research (SCK-CEN) has been planned for this
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