Western Australia’s outback proves no match for Australia’s nuclear know-how

Western Australia's outback proves no match for Australia's nuclear know-how

Coris360 imaging technology on the road in Western Australia to locate radioactive sources. Credit: ANSTO

A team of dedicated radiation experts from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) is behind the successful detection and rapid recovery of a lost radioactive source in the Western Australian outback.

Working alongside authorities from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority (ARPANSA), the Department of Defense and the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) as part of a multi-response agency, a team of radiation experts has located an object of very small size. source during a vehicle search using a radiation instrumentation suite that includes ANSTO’s custom-developed radiation detection and imaging technology.

The source was found two meters from the curb on Great Northern Avenue near the town of Newman, when ANSTO’s radiation detector—mounted in the back of the vehicle—detected the presence of gamma rays while traveling with speed 70 km per hour.

Western Australia's outback proves no match for Australia's nuclear know-how

Vehicle-mounted Coris360 technology. Credit: ANSTO

The portable radiation detection technology is a modified version of ANSTO’s own CORIS360, an Australian innovation by ANSTO’s Chief Technology Officer and Principal Scientist for Detection and Imaging, Dr David Boardman .

CORIS360 technology produces fast, accurate, and high-quality 360-degree images that help determine the identity and location of radiation in an area, while minimizing the need for personnel to be in a radiation environment.

Since its launch in 2020, CORIS360 radiation detection technology has attracted the global attention of agencies and organizations that support nuclear and national security operations.

Executive Director of ANSTO’s Nuclear Safety, Security and Management Team, Dr. Miles Apperley, commended the speedy recovery of power by a team of experts from ANSTO’s radiation protection services, radiation detection and imaging units in Lucas Heights, who arrived in Perth on Monday evening and joined the search response on Tuesday morning.

“For the team, finding this missing source 1,400 kilometers away and in the harsh conditions of the outback after just two days on the ground is not only an extraordinary feat, but also an extraordinary feat. is a testament to the highly sophisticated nuclear capacity of Australia and our people,” said Dr Apperley.

“Prior to deployment, ANSTO personnel performed a test run of the detector at Lucas Heights using equivalent radioactive source operation, and assessed varying speeds and terrain conditions to ensure We can confidently detect lost capsules.

“The sensitivity of the modified CORIS360 technology has given us confidence that it will be found and this scenario is an incredible example of Australian nuclear innovation supporting defence, mining industry and support nuclear security and protection measures.

“Australia may have a small nuclear program, but we are a sophisticated nuclear nation and in many ways we are world leaders who rise above our weight when it comes to expertise.” and nuclear management.

“As ANSTO celebrates 70 years of nuclear expertise in Australia this year, this result gives us another reason to celebrate the amazing talent we have in this country and the capabilities that ANSTO has built. very proud for decades.”

Western Australia's outback proves no match for Australia's nuclear know-how

CORIS360 when scanning location. Credit: ANSTO

Australian Minister of Industry and Science, Hon Ed Husic MP praised ANNSTO’s response efforts and strong collaborative efforts across the state and Commonwealth.

“It’s fair to say that finding a device the size of a button in the vast desert is no easy task and I would like to take this opportunity to thank ANSTO for partnering with ARPANSA and DFES for their work. their job in locating the capsule.” Minister Husic said.

“ANSTO’s expertise in nuclear technology played an absolute role in device detection, innovating the device that was eventually used to find the roadside coin-sized capsule.”

More information:
For more information about ANSTO’s CORIS360 technology, visit … and-imaging-coris360

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