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Radiobioassay

TestAmerica Celebrates 40 years of Radiobioassay Testing

TestAmerica has been performing radiobioassay testing programs at some of the nation’s highest profile nuclear facilities for over 40 years.  Clients trust TestAmerica to provide timely and accurate data that protects employees and supports worker safety programs.  The knowledge and experience of our staff assures compliance with the performance standards for bias, precision, MDA and quality assurance requirements, as stated in ANSI/HPS N13.30, Performance Criteria for Radiobioassay.

Our Radiobioassay clients include:

  • DOE Weapons Complex Facilities
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Navy Nuclear Facilities
  • Department of Defense Facilities
  • Industrial EH&S Programs
  • Major Remediation Programs
  • Uranium Mining Operations

How Can TestAmerica Help You?

In December of 2015, The AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP), LLC’s Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) approved TestAmerica Richland as an accredited Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Lead laboratory for asbestos and beryllium.  TestAmerica Richland also maintains licensing by the State of Washington Medical Test Site Department (CLIA equivalent) and participates in the DOELAP program.

Bioassay capabilities include, but are not limited to, the following analyses in urine, feces, tissue, blood, bone and other biological materials: Beryllium, Americium-241, Neptunium-237, Isotopic Plutonium, Total Strontium, Isotopic Thorium, Tritium (Direct), Isotopic Uranium and Total Uranium.  Our laboratory MDCs are listed below for both urine and fecal matrices.  Samples are tracked cradle to grave and data is organized and calculated by RADCALC, a powerful software program developed onsite. The capability to operate virtually paperless increases efficiency and reduces data transfer errors.

Urine

Isotope

Method

Lab MDC

Americium-241

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.02 dpm/sample

Neptunium-237

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.02 dpm/sample

Isotopic Plutonium

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.02 dpm/sample

Total Strontium

Gas Proportional Counting

5 dpm/sample

Isotopic Thorium

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.1 dpm/sample

Tritium (Direct)

Liquid Scintillation Counting

10 dpm/mL

Isotopic Uranium

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.03 dpm/sample

Total Uranium

Laser Phosphorimeter

0.06 ug/sample

Fecal

Isotope

Method

Lab MDC

Americium-241

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.8 dpm/sample

Neptunium-237

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.3 dpm/sample

Isotopic Plutonium

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.2 dpm/sample

Isotopic Uranium

Alpha Spectroscopy

0.3 dpm/sample

Total Uranium

Laser Phosphorimeter

0.3 ug/sample

For more detailed information on TestAmerica's Radiobioassay offerings, please click here to download our brochure.