Contraband Detector PM1401T


Small hand-held contraband detector for search of concealed contraband items, such as explosives, drugs, guns etc., in the tires, walls and hollows.

Recommended for use by Customs Officers, Border Patrol and Law Enforcement Agencies.


Polimaster’s PM1401T contraband detector is a light-weight portable device which can detect the presence of the hidden materials in the concealed areas. The instrument includes high-sensitive personal radiation detector PM1401MA on the basis of Csl(TI) scintillator.

Operation Principle

The operation of the instrument is based on detecting of backscattered radiation from a built-in 133Ba source while moving the PM1401T across the investigated object. The backscattered radiation is detected by a highly sensitive CsI scintillation detector.

The backscattering from the filled hollow space (such as contraband drug or guns in the car tires) reflects the gamma rays differently from non-filled space (such as air-filled tire) or solid material (such as piece of thick rubber). The PM1401T can easily detect the density changes and alert of the presence of contraband through visual, audible and vibration alarms.

In spite of the fact that the PM1401T has a built-in radioactive source, there is no danger to an operator. The source is properly shielded and gamma rays are emitted only in the direction of the inspected object.

PM1401T is also able to detect gamma radiation from radioactive and nuclear materials and can be used as an additional Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) at customs checkpoints for preventing illicit trafficking of the radioactive and nuclear materials.

DetectorCs(Ti) - instrument PM1401MA
Build-in radiation source133Ba
Source activity, not more
1000 kBq (1,0 МBq)
Dose equivalent rate
non-operating condition (without background)
0.2 μSv/h

1 μSv/h (on the PM1401T surface)
in operating condition (without background)
0.2 μSv/h
Detection of hidden bars behind 1 mm steel partition or 15 mm wood partition,
with the speed no more than 5 cm/s
30х30х30 mm
70х70х20 mm
30х30х10 mm
Detection depth
Physical Parameters
Dimensions215х120х130 mm
Weight up to
1400 g (49.4 oz)
with package - 3 kg
Environmental Characteristics
-30 up to +50 °C
up to 98% at 35°C (95°F)
Atmospheric pressurefrom 84 to 106,7 кPa
Ingress protectionIP54
Mean service lifetimeno less 10 years

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