CEMRC - DOE Lie Down and Be Counted (LDBC) Project by In-Vivo Lung and Whole Body Counting System - Basics
Rico Vallejo, Natalia Dominguez, Ila Pillalamarri
Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC), New Mexico State University, Carlsbad, NM
The Lung and Whole Body counting system, housed at CEMRC uses VMS software to identify and monitor radionuclides in radiological workers associated with nuclear waste deposited at the WIPP site. These radionuclides include transuranic elements, fission and activation products, natural thorium and uranium, natural radon, and natural potassium. The counting system consists of 8 High purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors, custom built by Mirion-Canberra Inc. The CEMRC Lie Down and Be Counted (LDBC) Project has been an ongoing research study since 1997 funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) grants. The mission of the LDBC project is to conduct research and also to encourage education about environmental radiation and radioactivity through outreach to the public of Carlsbad and the surrounding area.