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STORY # 1. BENCHTOP EPR SPECTROMETER – DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY
The creation of a compact benchtop electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer weighing a few dozen kilograms – this first disruptive innovation became the focus of LINEV Group.
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 mineral deposits.
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 n
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 affected 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. HANDLING THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT
The 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is still unprecedented by its scale in the history of mankind. Radiation was everywhere – in water, air, and food. The HBO Chernobyl miniseries, enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people in 2019, provided an accurate account of those dreadful days. The accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant only confirmed that ensuring radiation safety continues to be relevant for humanity.
After the accident, it became obvious that in order to determine the content of radioactive elements in drinking water and foodstuffs, specialized yet simple automated devices were required that could be used by non-specialists at markets, in the food industry, and at thousands of control stations.
We came up with a solution to ensure the radiation safety of water, food and even building materials – our RUG91 compact food monitor that was designed to measure the activity of cesium-137, radium-226, thorium-232 and potassium-40. It is installed in more than 5,000 laboratories in Ukraine and Belarus and has become part of the state system for food radiation control after the Chernobyl incident.
STORY # 3. MEDICAL X-RAY DIAGNOSTICS – NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR DIGITAL VISUALIZATION OF X-RAY IMAGES
In 1999, 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 developed which formed the basis of the state screening programs for the detection of tuberculosis and breast cancer.
As a result, up to 4.5 million people are examined annually in the country with a population of 9.6 million, with more than 20,000 various diseases 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 impact it had on 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 movies. We laughed when we first saw penetrating X-ray scanners in the 1990 blockbuster 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 turned into the standard X-ray inspection device in diamond mines, prisons, airports, on borders, and at customs offices for security purposes 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.