SAIC announces roll-out of new port radiation detector

Published 10 October 2006

News comes at same time Congress demands widespread adoption of such technology; VACIS P 7500 ideal for ports and other infrastructure with limited space; system requires a lane only twenty-seven feet wide

Perfect timing. Just last week Congress put the final touches on a port security bill that will require radiation detectors at all major U.S. ports. Now we hear that that San Diego, California-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has launched its new VACIS P 7500 Inspection System, one that the company believes is ideal for facilities requiring high volume throughput inspection but having limited space in which to operate it.

The VACIS system, which uses a low-dose compact 7.5MeV accelerator working in conjunction with a high-efficiency detector array, provides such a solution. The low radiation dose involved, while not sacrificing image quality, requires less shielding and a smaller restricted area, thereby permitting the machine a smaller footprint: It requires a lane width of just twenty-seven feet and takes up only thirty feet in length. Despite the restricted space, the company claims individual scan speeds of up to five miles per hour and throughput rates of 150 units per hour.

-read more in this company news release