Choosing a Survey Meter

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When choosing a portable survey instrument, the type of detector (or probe) must be chosen according to the kind of radioactive material that is being used.

Radiation Survey Meters

Generally, thin window Geiger-Mueller (GM) probes are best suited to detect beta radiation with energies above 70 keV while sodium iodide (NaI) scintillators are best for gamma radiation. 

For campus laboratories, the Ludlum Model 3 survey instrument is recommended. The Model 3 has the following detectors available:

For Beta Radiation

Ludlum Model 3 Geiger-Mueller survey meter with a pancake probe.

Ludlum Model 3 Geiger-Mueller survey meter with a pancake probe

If you are using P-32, Ca-45, Cl-36, C-14 or S-35 use the Ludlum Model 3 Survey Meter with Model 44-9 "Pancake" GM Probe. This instrument has a flat detector (1.75" in diameter) at the end of a handle. This style probe is comfortable to handle and is best suited for surveying large areas, such as floors, hoods and bench tops.

For Gamma Radiation

Ludlum Model 3 Geiger-Mueller survey meter with a high energy gamma probe.

Ludlum Model 3 Geiger-Mueller survey meter with a high energy gamma probe

If you are using I-125 or other nuclides with gamma energies between 10 to 40 keV, use the Ludlum Model 3 survey meter with Model 44-3 "Low Energy Gamma" Sodium Iodide (NaI) detector.

If your are using Cr-51, I-131, Co-57 or other nuclides with gamma energies above 40 keV, use the Ludlum Model 3 survey meter with Model 44-2 "High Energy Gamma" NaI detector.

How to Order a Survey Meter

When ordering the Model 3, you must specify the 0 - 5000 cpm meter face and a MHV detector connector (type UG-932/U). This will make your instrument compatible with similar instruments on campus.

The address of the area sales representative is:

Contact us when your instrument arrives so that it can be added to the UB calibration schedule.

John Anderson, Jr.

Atlantic Nuclear

1020 Turnpike St. #9, Canton, Massachusetts 02021

Phone: (800) 878-9118; (781) 828-9118; Fax: (781) 828-1319

Contact an Expert

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Environment, Health & Safety Radiation Safety

Service Building, 220 Winspear Ave.

Phone: 716-829-3281

Email: radsafety@facilities.buffalo.edu