David Brenner, a professor of radiation biophysics at Columbia University, has developed a prototype system for getting accurate dosages of radiation from dozens of people at once, and getting the results of thousands of tests in a few days (up to 30,000 per day). Called the Rapid Automated Biodosimetry Tool (RABIT) it is designed to test blood samples for radiation damage and enable health workers to quickly determine who needs immediate medical treatment and who does not.
The RABIT can test up to 96 samples, all taken by simply pricking a finger. By automating the process of testing for gamma-H2AX and the micronuclear assay, the machine can get through a workload in a few hours that would tie up a lab for days.
Edited by damian5000 - 4/3/11 at 8:20pm