New Weapon Against Nuclear Terrorism

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) — New software has been developed that adds another weapon to the U.S. arsenal in its battle against nuclear terrorism, authorities say.

The National Nuclear Security Administration says its Office of Emergency Operations has developed a new X-ray image processing capability for use by the nation’s emergency response community. an NNSA release reported Monday.

The software, called X-Ray Toolkit, was developed specifically to be used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal and NNSA Laboratory personnel during nuclear “render safe” operations where specialized procedures, methods and tools aim to prevent the detonation of a nuclear device.

Previous software converted from the medical diagnostic and imaging industry was not specifically designed for use by EOD experts, the release said.

“We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the XTK software from our operational partners across the nation,” NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol said.

XTK will be used by field responders and NNSA Laboratory experts to acquire, process and analyze X-ray images obtained during a potential nuclear terrorism incident.

Using XTK, data from the location of a potential incident can be efficiently transferred from field responders to NNSA nuclear security experts during a crisis situation.

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