Taking a Radiation Swipe Survey – Radiation Alert® Ranger Wipe Test Plate Quick Start Guide

How to Perform a Swipe Survey Determining the existence of loose radiation contamination in the lab is paramount to the safety of lab personnel. A swipe surveys, also referred to as a wipes or a radiation swipe tests, are the essential tool used to do so. Most swipes, depending on the application, are counted with the appropriate radiation detector. These detectors can range from liquid scintillation counters (LSC) to the tried and true “pancake” detector, such as the one in the Radiation® Alert Ranger, which has a Wipe Test Plate option for ease of use and portability when conducting these checks in the field or on the go. Swipe tests have been considered the most reliable method of determining contamination without the use special equipment. Taking Swipes Be sure to start with the appropriate media (paper filters, cotton swabs, glass fiber filters, etc.) and take note of the sampling areas Continue...