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STORY # 1. BENCHTOP EPR SPECTROMETER - DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT AWARD
The creation of a compact benchtop electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer weighing several tens of kilograms - this first disruptive innovation became the topic of Vladimir Linev's Ph.D. thesis.
After a series of improvements to the EPR spectrometer, new opportunities were created for:
EPR-dating based on the evaluation of the exposure of some materials to natural ionizing radiation.
Quartz E1’-center EPR-dosimetry for the search for deposits of minerals.
EPR-Microscopy and Topography of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic large flat plates.
Alanine-EPR dosimetry for food irradiation, industrial irradiation and radiation protection.
Alanine-EPR dosimetry for routine use in medical radiotherapy.
EPR retrospective dosimetry - EPR tooth enamel dosimetry for retrospective individual dosimetry in radiation accidents.
EPR bone dosimetry - the case of systemic radiotherapy in which the radiopharmaceutical is directed to the bone region.
EPR- analysis of beer flavor stability in brewing processes.
In pharmacology the unique capabilities of in vivo EPR to detect and characterize free radicals.
EPR-control of impurities in marine engine oil.
STORY #2. DEALING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT
The 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is still unprecedented in terms of its scale in the history of mankind. Radiation was everywhere - in water, air, and food. The HBO series "Chernobyl", which was watched by hundreds of millions of people in 2019, reflected this difficult time well. The accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant only confirmed that ensuring radiation safety continues to be relevant for all mankind.
After the accident, it became obvious that to determine the content of radioactive elements in drinking water and foodstuffs, simple specialized automated devices were needed that could be used by non-specialists in markets, in the food industry, and in thousands of control points.
The solution to ensure the radiation safety of water, food and even building materials was our compact food monitor RUG91, designed to measure the activity of cesium-137, radium-226, thorium-232, potassium-40. It is installed in more than 5,000 laboratories in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, and became a part of the state system for radiation control of food after the Chernobyl incident.
STORY # 3. MEDICAL X-RAY DIAGNOSTICS - NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR DIGITAL IMAGING OF X-RAY IMAGES
In 1999, the scanning technology for digital visualization of medical X-ray images was patented and a model X-ray diagnostic apparatus for screening the chest organs, mammography and general radiography was created, which became the basis of state screening programs for the detection of tuberculosis and breast cancer.
As a result, up to 4.5 million people are examined annually in a country with a population of 9.6 million, with more than 20 thousand different diseases being detected. At the same time, a modern unified network of digital X-ray diagnostics of tuberculosis and other dangerous diseases was created. One can only be proud of the results this had on the society.
STORY # 4. SCIENCE FICTION BECOMES REALITY – FULL-BODY PENETRATING X-RAY SCANNERS
The road to the future is always paved with “ludicrous” ideas that only exist in the minds of great inventors, in the books of science fiction writers, or in science fiction films. We laughed when we first saw penetrating X-ray scanners in the 1990 film Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
For the first time in 1999, the company turned this fantastic idea into reality - it created the CONPASS penetrating X-ray body scanner, which has become the standard X-ray inspection equipment in diamond mines, prisons, at airports, borders, and customs for security and other applications.
Fight against the theft of precious metals and stones. In dozens of diamond mines, a human scanner can find hidden and swallowed diamonds; at gold processing plants it can even detect gold dust on clothes to prevent theft.
Fight against drug couriers (Drug Mules). Penetrating human scanners are installed at airports in many countries around the world to effectively solve the problem of smuggling drugs, precious metals, and stones. Hundreds of such cases are prevented every month.
Fighting crime in prisons. In a prison, a mobile phone can be as dangerous as a weapon. Hundreds of human scanners installed in prisons make it possible to detect not only mobile phones, but also drugs, weapons, and other instruments of crime hidden in natural body cavities.
STORY # 4. PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT - NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR SORTING USED BATTERIES
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