Smart Phone Based Application for Continuous Radiation Monitoring

uah p 17015

Docket: UAH-P-17015


Radiation exposure is a major concern for the average person, and especially for those working in an industry that deals with radiation on a day-to-day basis. Exposure to an excessive amount of radiation for even a short period can cause a lifetime of harmful side effects. Current methods of monitoring radiation exposure are antiquated, require replacement and servicing, and do not allow for detailed data tracking.

Researchers at UAH have developed a continuous radiation monitoring technology based on current smartphone capabilities. The technology utilizes properties of the flash memory built into every smartphone, therefore negating the need to carry an additional monitoring device. Coupling this technology with GPS technology allows the creation of a log detailing the time, location, and exactly how much radiation exposure occurred.

Current radiation dosimeters require monthly to quarterly replacement, regardless of exposure to radiation. With this technology, there is no need to replace or send anything out for testing. Instant data processing allows for faster assessment of potential damages as well. The log created also allows one to review radiation exposure levels years later. Potential correlations between health issues, such as cancer, and workplace radiation exposure are now reviewable. Over the career of someone requiring a radiation dosimeter, this application would greatly reduce waste and expenses, while improving the accuracy and efficiency of radiation monitoring.


  • Medical field
  • Nuclear industry
  • Aerospace/Airline industry
  • Military
  • Smartphone user


  • Long lifespan
  • Built into smartphone
  • Data tracking capability
  • Maintenance free
  • Reduced waste
  • Cost effective


  • State of Development: Prototype, Smartphone app
  • Licensing Status: Available for licensing
  • Patent status: Patented