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How to Detect Radiation With a Geiger Counter

If you’re interested in knowing the radiation levels in your home, work environment and other places, you can use a Geiger counter. This device tests the area around you for levels of radiation. It can show you if you’re exposed to normal levels or are in danger from high levels. You can use personal use Geiger counters that are easy to use. Here is more information about how to detect radiation with a Geiger Mueller detector.

Using Geiger Counters

There are larger professional Geiger counters with a probe and smaller ones people tend to use for personal measurements. They will work in slightly different manners. Generally, you want to follow the directions for setting up the particular device that you have.

Reading the Meter

When you use your Geiger counter, you will get the counts of the radiation events that the device picks up. Some meters will also show you the dose of radiation in the area. Some meters show you the results in analog while others are digital, and many give off click sounds to alert you to events.

If you’re testing a person’s exposure, measure the radiation level for a minute, and take note of the result. It’s a smart idea to check the count a few times and then find the average of the readings because the background radiation of an area can change over time. Take note of your reading each time you use the counter. The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center says that a reading that is two times or more a decided-upon previous background radiation level would be contaminated with radiation.

Simple, Portable Geiger Counters

The portable pocket type of Geiger counter can be exceedingly easy to use without even fully understanding how they work. The SOEKS Geiger Counter RadiationDetectors Dosimeters make it easy to take a radiation readings of your space, a person or your food or water. It is small enough to take anywhere with you to test something at work or while you’re out. To use this counter, you simply test the area and the display shows you green for a normal background level, yellow for a high one and red for a dangerous level. You are also able to see the radiation level so you have more information. Using a Geiger Mueller detector is an easy way to know more about the levels of radiation in the areas where you spend your time.


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