(a bit old but the nfoz relate!)
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is researching the
use of a novel technique to deal with the after-effects of incidents
involving a 'dirty bomb'.
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Mr Peter Lindsay,
said the technique known as 'luminescence' would measure levels of radiation
resulting from an explosion, so that appropriate treatment could be rendered
to people affected by the incident.
A dirty bomb is an explosive device containing radioactive material which
disperses radiation on detonation. Its primary aim is to deliberately spread
radioactive contamination unlike an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which
is designed to cause damage through a blast effect.
"DSTO is proactively developing ways of measuring radiation exposure because
the amount of radiation will determine the type of treatment to be applied,"
Mr Lindsay said. "Getting an accurate reading of the radiation dose will
directly help the recovery effort."( Collapse )