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ORAU History - 1964

The diagnostic-level whole-body counter was developed and put into operation in the Medical Division in late 1964. The whole-body counter continues to be housed in a low-background 60-ton steel box within the Medical Division.

For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Medical Division began in 1964 an exhaustive study of patients and accident victims who had received whole body radiation.

The Medical Division began its whole body counting program in the mid-1960s. The whole body counter is used to measure photo emissions from human subjects down to a level where counting rates merge with the normal body background. Shown being installed here, the whole body counter is housed in a low-background, 60-ton steel box.