The success of any radiation training scenario relies on the extent to which the instructor is able to create a compelling, hands-on and truly life-like training experience.
But finding ways to provide realistic opportunities for students to test their understanding of their detector equipment and how it responds to actual radiological threats can often be challenging.
A common issue for many instructors is the inherently limiting nature of many forms of simpler "make-believe" training approaches.
While the simplicity of feeding information to trainees via a tap on the shoulder, a verbal instruction or the handing over a five by seven card has its advantages, it's an approach that can also result in a less than authentic training experience for both the student and the teacher.
Without live, hands-on training opportunities, vital knowledge can also be easily misinterpreted or overlooked. What is also vital is that students have the opportunity to experience training that is as real as it gets.
One the significant benefits of simulator-based training is the opportunity that it affords trainers to create engaging exercise scenarios that replicate the challenges and complexities of live incidents.
In this blog post we explore five simulator training tools that offer a powerful way for radiological instructors to enhance their existing programs of instruction and to deliver an even wider range of engaging radiological scenarios.
1. RadEye GF-10 Simulator
The RadEye GF-10 Simulator offers the identical look, feel and response as the actual ThermoFisher detector, but with the advantage of responding to a completely safe electromagnetic source.
By safely simulating the behaviour and effects of ionizing radiation, trainers can set up scenarios in any environment and without health, safety, regulatory and environmental restrictions.
Powerful signal processing ensures that readings can be easily and accurately repeated each time a trainee revisits the same scenario location.
The effects of user body shielding can also be realistically depicted so survey teams are confident in knowing how to use and interpret the readings and alarms that they receive.
2. FH 40 G Simulator
The FH 40 G-Sim responds to safe electronic sources which enable radiological instructors to create an unlimited variety of high quality survey meter training scenarios in any location.
The device’s logarithmic analogue bar graph display, numeric dose rate display and audible alarms are identical to that of the actual detector which ensures trainees are exposed to the most realistic hands-on experience possible.
The simulator also offers the advantage of being compatible with the FH G-SIM Teletector probe extension as well as with Argon’s PlumeSIM wide area exercise system.
3. DT616 Simulator
The DT616-SIM simulator probe set provides trainees with the opportunity to experience the operational features of the Canberra DT616 probe n combination with their own operational AN/VDR-2, PDR-77 and RDS100 meters.
The simulator probe responds to safe electromagnetic and magnetic sources that simulate beta and gamma radiation without any need to use real radiation sources or radioactive materials.
For instructors, there is the opportunity to create a diverse range of radiation, HazMat and CBRN scenarios in any environment and without any regulatory, environmental or health and safety concerns.
4. Radsim DS3 Mini 900 Simulator
The Radsim DS3 training simulator replicates the look, feel and functionality of the Thermo/Mini Instruments 900 EP15 contamination monitor.
The simulator responds to simulated radioactive powders and liquids to enable the safe simulation of contamination and cross contamination in any training location including educational establishments, hospitals and nuclear facilities.
The device can be easily configured to respond to the simulants as Alpha, Beta or Alpha Beta.
There is also a setting which enables instructors to modify the detection range of the simulation probe in order to teach the importance of correct probe use.
5. UDR-13/UDR-14 Simulator
The UDR13 and UDR-14 series of radiation training simulators provide a way for radiological instructors to execute high-reading dose and dose rate exercises in a completely safe manner.
The response speed and characteristics of the simulator are identical to that of the real detector which provides the opportunity for students to experience different forms of shielding and the practical effects of inverse square law within real detector tolerance.
Testing understanding of the essential science and behaviour of radiation is a crucial aspect of radiological training.
What is vital is that students know how to use and interpret their detector readings and alarms so they can be both confident and safe in real-life radiological response operations.
The use of simulator-based tools enables radiological instructors to authentically simulate all aspects of a diverse range of radiation incidents in a compelling and completely safe way.