Ludlum Measurements Blog

Is Your Fear of Radiation Irrational?

Posted by Mitch Moore on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 14:07 PM

Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.

Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps. It’s 10am on a Wednesday in early March, cold and snowy – but not in the entrance to the main gallery of what was once a gold mine. Togged out in swimming trunks, flip-flops and a bath robe, I have just squeezed into one of the carriages of a narrow-gauge railway that’s about to carry me 2 km into the heart of the Radhausberg mountain.

Fifteen minutes later we’re there and I’m ready to enjoy what the brochures insist will be a health-enhancing environment. Enjoyment, of course, is a subjective term. The temperature inside the mountain’s dimly lit tunnels is around 40°C, and the humidity is 100 per cent. The sweat’s already begun to flow. More important, I’m breathing an atmosphere rich in radon.

Hang on… radon? That’s a radioactive gas. Yet here I am, without so much as a film badge dosimeter, never mind the protection of a lead apron, among a group of people who have paid to come to the Gasteiner Heilstollen (“healing galleries”) and willingly, even eagerly, undergo gruelling sessions in physical discomfort because of a much-contested theory that small doses of radiation are not just harmless, but act as a stimulant to good health.

Our view of radiation and its risks and benefits is complicated and mostly – the delights of the Heilstollen notwithstanding – negative. We are all aware of the effects of a nuclear weapon, the Armageddon scenario of a nuclear winter, cancers and birth defects caused by high doses of radiation and the like. Images of mushroom clouds have struck fear into our hearts since the 1940s, but it is what we can’t see in those pictures that scares us the most.


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Topics: Radiation, Education

Visit us at HPS Meeting July 13-17 in Baltimore

Posted by Carol Truitt on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

Ludlum Measurements, Inc is attending the 59th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Baltimore Maryland, July 13 through the 17, 2014. Stop by Booth 400 to visit, ask questions, see a selection of our instruments, and enter a drawing to win the new Model 3000 Digital Survey Meter!*  (some conditions apply, see below)

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Topics: Radiation, radiation detection, detector, HPS, ludlum measurements, exhibition, alpha, beta, gamma, HPS Annual Meeting, convention, new instrument, Model 3000


Posted by Larissa Place on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Visit Ludlum Measurements, Inc. in booth #202 at the 47th Midyear Topical Meeting - Nuclear Power Radiation Safety: Learning From the Past to Protect the Future

We are loading up and shipping out to Baton Rouge, LA for the HPS MidYear Meeting.  This will be an exciting time for Ludlum Measurements, Inc. as we will be bringing a new instrument we are excited to introduce to our customers.  We will of course have many instruments available to you to demonstrate and plenty of our knowledgeable staff on hand to help determine the best equipment for your needs. 

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Topics: Radiation, safety, radiation detection, detector, hand held instrument, HPS, ludlum measurements, exhibition, convention, new instrument, isotope, Scientists, pancake

2013 ISRI Operations Forum

Posted by Larissa Place on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Visit Ludlum Measurements at the 2013 ISRI Operations Forum at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, CA October 2-5, 2013.  Stop by booth #32 for a hands on demonstration of our equipment.

Here are are couple instruments we will have handy for demonstration:

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Topics: Radiation, safety, radiation detection, Recycling, detector, ludlum measurements, scrap recycling

58th Annual Health Physics Society Meeting

Posted by Larissa Place on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

     Madison, Wisconsin  July 7-11, 2013  Booth 410


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Topics: Radiation, radiation detection, detector, hand held instrument, M26, ludlum measurements, exhibition, HPS Annual Meeting

AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting March 16-19 * Phoenix, AZ

Posted by Larissa Place on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 @ 13:03 PM

Visit Ludlum Medical Physics at the AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting Located at Booth 102

Ludlum Measurements, Inc. created a unique company in Ludlum Medical Physics to more fully serve the Medical Physics community with products and services focusing on radiation detection instrumentation along with an accompanying line of test tools, phantoms and shielding for diagnostic and nuclear medicine quality assurance.

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Topics: Radiation, radiation detection, physics, imaging quality, Medical Physics

Alcorn State University's Health Physics Students Ludlum Training

Posted by Larissa Place on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 @ 14:03 PM

Did you know that Ludlum Measurements, Inc.offers an intensive two day training course that involves calibration, repair and maintenance on Ludlum manufactured instruments, and it is at no charge?  Well we do!  We recently welcomed students from Alcorn State University's Health Physics Program to Sweetwater, TX.  

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Topics: Radiation, Calibration, calibrate, repair, radiation detection, training, ludlum measurements

Early Ludlum Model 11 Keeps On Ticking

Posted by Larissa Place on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 15:02 PM
By Kimberly Gray
Technical Writer          

I have worked for Ludlum Measurements for about three years as a technical writer, editing and writing manuals and procedures for Engineering. As part of the Engineering department, I have had the opportunity to learn about the radiation detection industry from some brilliant minds.


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Topics: Radiation, Calibration, calibrate, repair, radiation detection, maintenance, detector, hand held instrument, ludlum measurements

Radiation...What Types Are There?

Posted by Larissa Place on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 17:01 PM

The radiation one typically encounters is one of four types: alpha radiation, beta radiation, gamma radiation, and x radiation. Neutron radiation is also encountered in nuclear power plants and high-altitude flight and emitted from some industrial radioactive sources.

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Topics: Radiation, radiation detection, alpha, beta, gamma