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Feature Highlights

  • Simultaneous detection of explosives and narcotics
  • Over 40 substances detected and identified in 8 seconds
  • Large touch-screen color display
  • Internal data storage
  • Certified for ECAC performance standard for ETD for passengers and cargo


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The IONSCAN 500DT fills the growing need of security professionals to have the ability to detect a wide range of substances and to be able to adapt as threats and their needs change. By incorporating two IMS detectors in a single unit, the IONSCAN 500DT is capable of detecting and identifying explosives and narcotics during a single analysis, giving you the ability to detect a broader range of substances while maintaining the high sensitivity and specificity you expect from Smiths Detection.

The IMS detectors in the IONSCAN 500DT are the same as in the IONSCAN 400B, of which over 6000 are in use by aviation security, government and law enforcement agencies, the military and by private security companies.

This dual detector system is ideal for any security application. Aviation security personnel and the military will benefit from the capability to detect a much broader range of explosive substances. Customs, coast guard and border crossing agencies that require the ability to detect both narcotics and explosives from a single sample will be able to execute their duties utilizing one instrument. Facility security professionals will be aided in better protecting access points to commercial buildings, courthouses and correctional facilities, with the ability to detect multiple threats with one instrument.

With the increased internal memory, more analysis results can be stored. These results can be printed with the built-in printer and exported via the USB port. The software also allows advanced operators the capacity to further review and analyze results.

Technology Dual Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology
Operating modes Explosives/Narcotics simultaneous, Explosives only, Narcotics only
Explosives detected RDX, PETN, NG, TNT, HMX, TATP and others
Narcotics detected Cocaine, Heroin, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, MDA, THC and others
Sensitivity Explosives: picogram range
Narcotics: sub-nanogram range
Analysis time 5-8 seconds