Non-Intrusive Imaging and Passive Primary Screening
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
Detection performance for radiation portal monitor (RPM) and non-intrusive imaging (NII) subsystems have a complementary nature when screening for a more comprehensive range of radiological and nuclear threats in actual cargo configurations. As part of an effort to explore this complementary nature, and how it could be fused to enhance detection capabilities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) Transformational & Applied Research Directorate (TAR) funded the Nuclear and Radiological Imaging Platform (NRIP) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD).
Through this program, data was collected with prototype, performance test unit, and deployed equipment to enable exploring and demonstrating the value of primary screening methodologies that include passive gamma and neutron detection as well as non-intrusive imaging techniques. The data from this program illustrates where further development of new technologies are required, where there are areas for detection improvement, and where there are opportunities for improved system integration.
This talk will also cover DNDO efforts to develop technologies that address shortcomings in current combined approaches.