Author: Versant Physics

04 Nov 2020
Odyssey's Personnel Dosimetry Management module

Manage Your Personnel Dosimetry Program with Versant Physics

Personnel Dosimetry is a key part of any radiation safety program. The dosimeter’s primary use is to determine doses to individuals who are exposed to radiation on the job by measuring the absorbed radiation energy. These devices are worn on the chest or abdomen, with specialized dosimeters available for other areas of the body such as the extremities.

Federal and State regulations mandate occupational exposure monitoring for a variety of reasons. These regulations can vary based on access to radiation or high radiation areas, quarterly or annual limits, or other requirements mandated by the regulating body.

There are dozens of reasons outside of these regulations why personnel dosimetry monitoring is important for the health and safety of occupationally exposed personnel, but it can be difficult to know where to begin when implementing your own program. There are regulations to navigate, staff to train on how to wear and read their badges, and the constant administrative upkeep required to monitor incoming dose reads and to ensure that your program is compliant.

Versant Physics specializes in personnel dosimetry program management, with a trained technical support team ready to tackle compliance issues and monitoring, badge administration—including initializing for new wearers, adding and removing wearers, read day reminders, and monthly reporting—and training.  

Instadose+ Dosimeter

“Our clients range from less than 10 badges to over 1000 badges, and include Instadose+, ring dosimeters, and TLD’s,” says Spencer Vanderweele, Versant Physics’ lead Technical Support Specialist. “It is important for our wearers to transmit readings on a regular basis to ensure each badge is functioning as expected. Regular readings also help us to confirm that each badged worker is following their ALARA practices to keep exposures as low as reasonably achievable.”

View how easy it is to read your Instadose+ badge here.

To manage the back end of dosimetry programs for all Versant Physics accounts, Vanderweele relies on the company’s proprietary software Odyssey. The cloud-based software was designed to simplify every aspect of a radiation safety program, with an entire module devoted to personnel dosimetry.

“With Odyssey we can view exact numbers at a glance, or dive deep into records if there are ever any concerns,” says Vanderweele. “I utilize the Personnel Dosimetry module to manage most accounts, and consistently find myself diving into the records through the Query Builder. This feature allows you to set your own parameters for record results based on active participants and allows you to filter out participants who required updated readings to more easily follow up.

Odyssey's Query-builder
Odyssey’s Query-builder feature.

“The new Form Generator has [also] been an incredible help. This feature allows the user to pull Form-5s, pre-sign, and even email directly to participants all from one page! This saves me or the RSO time (and their wrist!) by allowing us to pre-sign thousands of documents with the click of a button!”

The module is made up of a series of customizable widgets that allow users to visualize pre-set metrics for at-a-glance monitoring. Users can view recent logins and read activity, latest abnormal readings, and set up a User Watch List for wearers likely to exceed internal or annual dose limits. These features, including the Query-Builder and Form Generator, simplify and streamline the badge management process for the busy RSO or badge administrator.

Odyssey's Personnel Dosimetry Management module
Odyssey’s Personnel Dosimetry module dashboard.

In fact, Vanderweele says, without Odyssey, managing a single client would likely be a team effort.

“It would have a tremendous impact on the timeliness of our client response and ability to provide relevant, up-to-date information. Simply counting the number of individual badges, of all types, would be a huge task on its own without Odyssey. I know because Odyssey was not available to me when I first started at Versant Physics. But now, Odyssey allows me to put together complex and specific reports with ease, all while managing several accounts.”

The benefits of using a seasoned badge management team like Versant Physics, combined with the efficient power of Odyssey, are numerous. “Versant Physics’ background allows us to cater to our client’s specific needs,” says Vanderweele. “From our regulatory expertise to our technical support systems, Versant Physics will take the guess work out of your radiation safety program.”

Contact to learn more about our personnel dosimetry management process, to order badges, and pricing details.

03 Sep 2020

Managing Equipment and Radioactive Waste with Odyssey Software

Odyssey software helps RSOs and EHS personnel manage their organization’s radiation equipment, and makes it easy to track the storage and disposal of radioactive waste. Click below to view our webinar on 4 of Odyssey software’s modules, recorded September 3rd at 2PM EST.

If you’d like to learn more, check out our webinar on the Personnel Dosimetry, Machine Management, Waste Management, and Training modules. Contact Ethan Zink at to schedule a demo or start your free trial!

30 Jun 2020

Odyssey Webinar Recap: Top 5 Takeaways

Recorded Live Monday, June 29 | Presented by Ethan Zink & Katelyn Waters

This week our team members Ethan Zink and Katelyn Waters gave a presentation on Odyssey software in an engaging and informative webinar. Their discussion highlighted four of Odyssey’s 11 modules and provided insight into attendee questions regarding everything from automated dosimetry data imports to purchasing and customer support.

If you missed it, we’ve highlighted the top 5 takeaways below:

  1. Comprehensive & Easy-to-Use Modules
    Odyssey modules were designed by radiation safety experts to simplify and streamline complex processes. From Personnel Dosimetry to Machine Management, Inventory Tracking to Online Training, each module serves as a tool to help efficiently manage the ins-and-outs of radiation safety and EHS programs.

  2. Customizable Software
    No matter the size and scale of your organization or radiation safety program, our team of specialists provide ongoing maintenance, email, phone, and online customer support, as well as feature customization. Odyssey can be tailor-made to your specific needs.

  3. Cost and Time Savings
    Odyssey’s flexible digital platform and innovative modules provide users with valuable cost and time savings. Our clients see a reduction in overall program costs and spend less time on burdensome administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on big picture issues.

  4. How to Buy
    Odyssey can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis with volume discounts available. Select the modules that fit your program needs or purchase a full license with all 11 modules.

  5. Free Sandbox Trials
    Not sure if Odyssey is right for you? We offer free sandbox trials of various modules where you can input your own data and spend time working in the software.

Contact Ethan Zink at for more information on individual modules, pricing, or starting a sandbox trial.

24 Apr 2020

Changing the Radiation Safety Management Landscape with Odyssey Professional

Picture this: You are a professional, small business owner in the healthcare sector. Maybe you run a small animal veterinary hospital with a portable x-ray machine or manage a successful dentist office that just installed a brand new panoramic dental x-ray unit. Perhaps you are a health or medical physicist with a growing physics company and an increasing inventory of equipment that travels with you from site to site.

It can be overwhelming to think about, especially if radiation safety is not the core focus of your business, but the presence of radiation-producing machines and/or radioactive material in your facility means adhering to regulatory requirements and committing to the protection of your staff. This can be a time-consuming, cumbersome task that prohibits you from focusing on your patients or customers.

Odyssey Professional, the new software subscription service from Versant Physics, is the answer you have been searching for.

Odyssey Professional is a cloud-based software suite designed for small businesses and professional practices that have small-scale radiation safety programs. It is changing the way that companies with limited resources can build their businesses while also maintaining radiation safety across the board. The software allows for the centralized management of your inventory or personnel dosimetry program from any desktop or mobile device for your entire organization, ultimately helping you to manage your business, improve performance, and maintain compliance.

How it Works

Odyssey Professional is a renewable annual subscription, payable by credit card. Simply select the module or modules you are interested in during sign-up. After sign-up, users will be emailed login instructions along with a helpful User Guide to get started. That’s it! There are no downloads, no implementation fees, no installation or wait-times. Simply follow the link in your Getting Started email, login on your web browser, and you’re ready to go!

Available Modules

Machine Management

Keeping track of inspections, documentation, and machine information can be an administrative burden most small business owners just don’t have the time for. The machine management module provides users with a way to store and track machine information and location. Each machine has a profile of identifying information including location, serial number, responsible owner, and custom information. Users can upload documents to profiles such as reports or certificates associated with individual machines, keeping all your documentation in one place. Upcoming inspections and other due dates for machines can be added to your calendar, and with the automatic reminder feature, you are sure to stay up-to-date and remain in compliance.

Equipment Catalog

If you have a growing supply of equipment or work at multiple sites and need to take your equipment with you, it is important to be able to stay on top of your increasing inventory. The equipment catalog module provides a way for users to store and track equipment information and location. Equipment is associated with a specific site within the system and can be checked in and out by users to track its precise location. Each piece of equipment has a profile of important identifying information including serial number, location, responsible owner, notes, uploaded documents, and custom information.

Personnel Dosimetry

Perhaps the most important aspect of any radiation safety program is maintaining a successful dosimetry program. Odyssey Professional’s Personnel Dosimetry Management module breaks down the data and dose information that you need to review and makes it effortless to manage. The module includes an at-a-glance dashboard that displays information relating to the dosimetry account and location. Customizable widgets allow users to visualize pre-set metrics including read activity, ALARA status of wearers, a user watch list for individuals with higher dose readings, recently added personnel and badges, and abnormal readings. The module supports both Mirion and Landauer dosimetry data, which can be used to generate ALARA or Form 5 reports from within the module.

Inventory Tracking

Users can create and maintain a database of radioactive material with the Inventory Tracking module. It provides custom master tables of isotopes and compounds, a list of inventory holdings with the capability to adjust activity and re-assign material to other users, and a detailed section for managing areas that hold radioactive material. Each location’s profile stores information such as maps, survey history, status logs, comments, radioactive material inventory, and documentation.


The forms module allows users to build electronic versions of forms used within their radiation safety programs. Forms can be created in the module’s form builder and then be filled out and saved in the data entry section for review. Once the same form has been completed more than once, it can be analyzed in analysis to identify trends in the data. PDF templates provides users with a way to configure the header and footer for organizational branding when forms are converted to PDFs.

Special Administrative Features

The goal of Odyssey Professional software is to aid small businesses’ growth by helping them manage more efficient, more effective radiation safety programs. In addition to the available modules, the software includes helpful administrative features such as a personal document library and scheduling tool, automatic alerts and email reminders for upcoming due dates, uniquely-generated RAM, machine, and equipment labels and QR codes, and electronic reporting and form creation.

A Tool in Your Toolbelt

At Versant Physics, we understand how overwhelming and stressful it can be to make sure that when it comes to radiation safety in your business, you are doing everything right. Designed by our radiation safety experts, Odyssey Professional is a tool to help you build a thriving, successful business while ensuring that important radiation safety tasks get accomplished.

Try Odyssey Professional for free.

12 Apr 2018

Versant’s Residency Program Receives CAMPEP-Accreditation

We’re excited to share that Versant Medical Physics & Radiation Safety’s Residency Program is now CAMPEP-Accredited.

Under the guidance of Lee Myers, Program Director, Versant Medical Physics’ residency program will be working with affiliated clinical facilities, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Hahne Regional Cancer Center. Our intensive 2-year program offers residents an incredible opportunity to learn from our own team of experienced medical physicists, as well as the knowledgeable faculty at each clinic.

Today’s route to becoming a Board-Certified Medical Physicist is through the successful completion of a Medical Physics degree, or its equivalent, from a CAMPEP-approved university program, which is then followed by the successful completion of a CAMPEP-approved Medical Physics Residency program. Versant Medical Physics made the decision to support and sponsor our Residency in an effort to “do our part” in making sure graduating medical physics colleagues have more opportunities to become board-certified.

For more information regarding our residency program,
Please contact Lee Myers at



Permit Profile

Each permit has a dedicated profile of information that includes authorized personnel, radioactive material, machines, and devices. Permit conditions, completed audits, and forms are also found on this profile.

Authorized Condition Database

Create and view authorized conditions included on permits. Previously created authorized conditions are listed with their code, category, and description.

Permit Enforcement

Information specified on a permit not only serves as a record of that permit, but also controls what can be added to other modules. The location, owner and type of radioactive materials, machines, and equipment can be enforced by permits.

Permit Audits

Perform permit audits, mail the results to relevant personnel, and track responses to non-compliances.