Is GPR concrete scanning safe?
Those who are familiar with x-raying concrete are frequently concerned about the health risks of radiation exposure, as radiation-exposure from x-rays is well documented. X-raying remains a reliable and accurate method for marking objects embedded in concrete, but x-ray companies must ensure safety by keeping people away from their x-ray locations. They must create a safe and controlled environment.
Our project managers, construction workers, and building tenants are all safe because of the low power output of GPR antennas.
Non-destructive, non-invasive concrete and structural scanning radar is also cheaper and waaay more efficient than the older x-ray tech. Our equipment can also scan slabs that are on grade, since we only need 1-side to work with. With its portability and “real-time data collection” capabilities, a GPR Concrete/Structure Scan allows like our GSSI Structure Scan Mini XT concrete scanner to collect lots of data in a pretty short time period all with color display and 3D images.
It is important to avoid injury or costly damage to a structure when cutting, drilling or penetrating concrete. Typically, x-ray machines are used to scan concrete slabs in order to map their contents. However, this procedure is slow, cumbersome, and potentially dangerous due to the radiation (yikes!) generated by the x-ray machines.
Using concrete scanning GPR, slabs of any length or width can be scanned quickly and easily, whereas x-ray machines typically require specifically sized squares (1’x1′, 2’x2′) to function properly.
2M’s techs and anyone else working in the area can safely utilize GPR concrete scanners because they utilize very high frequency waves (similar to Wi-Fi and mobile phones), which are completely safe. An x-ray machine, on the other hand, usually requires the area around the scanned area to be cleared because of radiation.