Nuclear Matters Exhibition
Developed 2006-2007, open 2007-2009 and ongoing
Jesse approached the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), to sponsor an exhibition about nuclear science to open shortly after their new research reactor became operational. With an expression of interest from ANSTO Jesse gained approval from the Powerhouse Museum to develop the exhibition as a long-term display replacing part of the Experimentations science gallery. Jesse worked closely with the Interactives team to develop the nine complex interactive exhibits for the exhibition, some of which involved radioactive materials or ionising radiation. The exhibition combines intriguing objects, interactives, graphics and other media to cover the science, technology and social issues relating to the nuclear field.
Photo: Jesse Shore
Visitors to the science gallery are drawn into the Nuclear matters area when they spot the centrepiece display of the interactive gamma ray scanner with its mannequin patient. They are also attracted by the sounds coming from various interactives and the appealing design of the space. The exhibition content is intended for 15 year olds and up.
Photo: Jesse Shore
Visitors operate the gamma ray scanner using the large touchscreen.
The monitor offers five patient scenarios suited to a different medical
imaging technology. Each story requires a different type of ionising
radiation or nuclear property or scan geometry to generate the desired
diagnostic image. This enables the interested visitor to explore an
x-ray CT scan, gamma ray scan, SPECT (a 3D gamma ray scan), MRI, and PET
scan. The adjacent showcase contains objects related to isotopes used in
gamma ray imaging, medical materials sterilised by gamma rays and
instruments used to place irradiating isotopes in the body for