For emergencies involving radiation, decision-makers must have a means to swiftly assess the situation. Having analysis tools that can quickly and reliably make sense of radiation data is of the essence.

InterSpec software quickly analyzes gamma radiation data. (Sandia National Laboratories)

InterSpec software, available for both mobile and traditional computing devices, can rapidly and accurately analyze gamma radiation data collected at the scene. InterSpec updates, strengthens, and integrates many radiation analysis tools and resources into a single mobile or desktop application that is seamless and intuitive to use. The software allows users to rapidly identify both radioisotopes and shielding materials around the source, including industrial settings where an accurate understanding of detected radiological material is required.

InterSpec was created for users with some radiation knowledge, enabling people with limited analysis experience to obtain the detailed radiation information they need to make quick decisions. The software identifies the radiation source from data obtained from any detector, and indicates if the area is safe.

The software provides quick, useful radiation analysis by combining radiation physics, radiation transport calculations, and detector response functions with a radioisotope database that is much larger than those found in similar products. These attributes enable InterSpec to rapidly compute radiation quantities, reducing user errors.

Unlike radiation-analysis software packages that are limited to Windows systems, InterSpec runs on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, iOS, and Android, and on all Web browsers. The wide range of platforms means users in different settings can quickly exchange data and share a unified view of the data. Furthermore, InterSpec works in isolated or shielded environments with no network connectivity needed.

Features of the software include work tracking, the ability to view and edit metadata, and automatic saving of spectrum files. The spectrum files include location-embedded metadata for visualization on a map, so users can select a geographical region of measurements. InterSpec can be used to help determine the source nuclide type, strength, and shielding inside sealed boxes or cargo containers. InterSpec analyzes data before reaching a traditional computer, or in situations where only a phone or tablet could be taken.

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