Mumbai: Scientists at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have developed a portable x-ray imaging machine that can detect explosives and contraband items besides performing other functions.
According to BARC scientist, Amar Singh, the battery operated compact system can do on-the-spot investigations of suspicious packages for IED, contraband items and non-intrusive examination of mails, baggage and personal belongings.
Sinha, attached to BARC’s Laser and Neutron Physics section, told PTI that the machine, with its advanced user interface facility, can perform other applications, especially medical examinations of fracture or other orthopaedic problems.
The machine weighs 7 kg, including the x-ray generator and has a battery which can operate for four hours without recharging, said Sinha, winner of the Technical Excellence Award.
This indigenous technology has been transferred to Electronic Corporation of India, which will manufacture and market it. The machine will cost almost 40% less than the imported one, he said.