A specialized radiation detection portal for domesticated animals
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Some people consider pets family members. Whether this philosophy is accepted or not, it is an attitude which must be faced during an evacuation following a radiological disaster. In certain emergencies it may be recommended that pets remain behind. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests in these cases the owner leave "a two or three day supply of dry food, even if it's not the pet's usual food."1 In some cases this will be unacceptable to the owner and they will insist on taking their pets with them during an evacuation. A proof-of-concept gamma radiation screening portal for animals has been developed. This system is expandable from two to eight Nal detectors and can be used for animals of various sizes from household pets to livestock.
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