Rad Source Technologies, Inc. (Buford, GA)

A rotator device that is on-axis and angled described. The device could include an enclosure that has slots that can be used to hold the sample. The slot’s angle may be set to be perpendicular to the radiation plane of a radiation apparatus. A cup can be placed inside the container’s opening. The driveshaft may transfer torque to the cup which causes it to spin as the cup is placed in the opening. When the sample resides within the slot, and the driveshaft transmits force to the cup, the cup may trigger the sample to move about a center axis of the sample. Radiation devices can emit radiation in a uniform manner by allowing the sample revolve around its central axis , and then tilting the slot that houses the sample.

In the world of photon sterilization, consistency and the dose rate of radiation are crucial to achieving effective sterilization. For the purposes of this disclosure, uniformity could be defined as the ratio between the highest dose of radiation to the lowest radiation dose emitted from a radiation device like an x-ray tube. In general increasing the dose can be at the expense of the smallest dose, and the reverse is true. It is not easy to obtain uniformity and high dose when irradiating different kinds of samples. In particular, the location of the radiation field is extremely important to the rate and consistency of the exposure dose that a particular sample receives from the device. The radiation devices, for instance x-ray tubes, suffer from an anode heel effect and do not distribute radiation uniformly within their perpendicular plan. In current applications, the samples could be placed right directly in front of the radiation window of the radiation device. As an aresult, the samples must be held far away from the source of the radiation (e.g. the radiation device) to ensure an evenly distributed photon radiation across the exposed part of the sample. The distance of the specimen from the source of radiation causes a decrease in dose and an increase in exposure time. This is a major obstacle to use an x-ray tube or other radiation device to produce uniform fields that have a high dose rate and restricts the use of a radiation device for applications, such as however not limited to, virus deactivation and sterilization using x-rays.

One of the issues with current technologies is the requirement for temperature control in specific applications of radiation. Notably, existing irradiation technologies are unable to compensate for uniformity, dosage rate, and temperatureregulation. Additionally, currently existing technologies are not readily useable for different radiation devices unless there are substantial modifications that are made to adapt the technology to the specific radiation device. While currenttechnologies provide for many benefits and efficiencies, these technologies can be greatly improved and improved. Particularly, the present technologies could be enhanced to provide increased uniformity of radiation exposure, higher radiationdosage rates, and increased temperature control. Such enhancements and improvements to techniques and methods could increase efficiency, improved efficiency, lower expenses, and improved ease of use.

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