Medical Definition of Proportional counter

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Proportional counter: A device for measuring radioactivity. More technically, a proportional counter counts the emission of radioactive particles which permits the discrimination between particles or rays of different energies.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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