Tehran, Iran, May 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iranian scientists have made a device for measuring the intensity of radioactive rays.
The device can be used in laboratory research as well as medical treatments where rays given to patients with cancer need to be measured.
Meisam Divsalar, a member of the team that worked on the project, said that the device is on the list of items under international sanctions for trade with Iran, ISNA news agency reported May 2.
He added the project kicked off ten years ago, and said that the Iranian-made type is superior in functioning to US-made models.
Divsalar further said that the device can also read TLD(thermoluminescent dosimetry) cards.
He went on to say that the device can load 150 cards each time and store or print data using an in-built computer.
The Iranian government has been encouraging domestic forces especially the youth to explore scientific fields in order to make up for the restrictions caused by international sanctions.
In the past years, numerous such domestic advancements have been made. Iranian officials sometimes count the advancements as a "merit" of the sanctions for having forced Iran to rely on its indigenous capabilities.
Iran is expecting the removal of the sanctions by July 1, when years of talks with the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) is scheduled to lead to a comprehensive agreement on its nuclear program, the justification that is given by Western countries for having imposed the sanctions.
Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand