Abstracts of HSHQDC-09-R-00041 Phase II Awards



Accuray Incorporated
1310 Chesapeake Terrace
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1100

Proposal Information HSHQDC-09-R-00041-0911002-II - Development of a 3/6/9 MeV X-ray Generator
Topic Information 09.1-1 - X-ray Generators to Enhance Material Discrimination Capability of Non Intrusive Inspection (NII) Imaging Systems
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-10-C-00158

Accuray bases this proposal on an X-ray generator, model DX500K, designed, built, and delivered to a major contractor in December 2008 as part of the DNDO-CAARS program. Accuray's DX500K operates at single or dual energy modes of 6 MeV and 9 MeV and interleaves between 6 MeV and 9 MeV at 400 Hz. The pulse to pulse jitter is negligible-- a major performance factor in high Z detection. The system operates in X-band making DX500K compact in size and weight. The strong progress of 6/9 MeV interleaved radiation as a means to detect high Z threat materials renders it a natural starting point for development of a 3/6/9 MeV interleaf system so that a single machine can accomplish multiple detection objectives in cargo inspection. We propose to use the DX500K as foundation to design a new system with energies 3, 6, and 9 MeV in single and interleaf modes. The repetition rate will be 800 Hz minimum with dose rates given in the technical proposal. Accuray has extensive experience in X-band accelerators. Our primary business in medical accelerators augments development of other applications via engineering, facilities and infrastructure and can easily transition to volume production.



Crisis Simulations International, LLC
5025 SW Greenwood Circle
Tualatin, OR 97062-8743

Proposal Information HSHQDC-09-R-00041-0911021-II - Web-Based Computer Simulation of Radiological Detection Scenario Training (RDST)
Topic Information 09.1-2 - Innovative Training Technology for Preventive Rad/Nuc Detection
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-10-C-00121

With the range and variety of radiation detectors that exist and the continuing threat of a radiological disaster in the future, the need for training of first responders and personnel in the front lines of interdiction is extraordinary and daunting. It is daunting because of the number of people across the nation that must be trained initially and who must continually maintain their training to be effective. A cost-effective solution to this need is individualized, web-based simulation training. This project will take an existing simulation development tool, assess the feasibility of creating two virtual working detectors, create a new web-based interface where the detectors can be virtually controlled, and establish the web-delivery and administration software specifications for this new approach to training on these instruments. All of this will be vetted within a framework of actual user and trainer feedback. The initial commercial application will be to apply the new core technology and training approach to first responder detection equipment in agencies such as police, fire and EMS, and then to hospitals and urgent care facilities. Next, the application will be applied to a wider range of detection equipment. Finally, the application will be applied to other types of first responder equipment.


Spectral Labs Incorporated
10905 Technology Place
San Diego, CA 92127-1811

Proposal Information HSHQDC-09-R-00041-0911034-II - Realistic and Adaptive Interactive Learning System (RAILS)
Topic Information 09.1-2 - Innovative Training Technology for Preventive Rad/Nuc Detection
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-10-C-00119

The Next Generation computer based PRND Training Application sought by DNDO requires seamless coordination of First Responder Training expertise, Video Simulation capability, Radiation Physics principles and PRND Equipment familiarity. Spectral Labs Inc. (SLI) proposes an innovative approach that brings all of these elements together to develop simulation software that provides physically realistic and effective PRND Training to First Responders by first adding Radiation Transport algorithms to an existing Video Game Engine which will be used to generate Training Scenarios based on real locations, and then testing the accuracy of those simulations by comparing the virtual environment with data collected from real world measurements. The engine to be used is a powerful and feature rich design platform that can be applied to generate training scenarios for the PC or other platforms. The Phase I effort will create two Simulated Training Scenarios, each with direction from a First Responders training professional to ensure application of appropriate Training Principles. This input enables SLI to evaluate the ability of these simulations to ingrain in the trainee an innate sense of how to detect, locate and identify orphan or threat radioisotope sources as well as to develop the necessary PRND Equipment operation skills.