ChemImage Sensor Systems to Present Advances in Handheld and Mobile Imaging Sensors for Detection of Explosives and Chemical Warfare Agents at 2016 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference

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PITTSBURGH, April 14, 2016 — ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS™) announces that Nathaniel R. Gomer, Ph.D, Senior Scientist, will be presenting innovative results regarding the company’s work and continuing development of hyperspectral imaging applications and sensors for wide-area standoff threats during the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (SPIE.DCS) meeting in Baltimore, MD.

Raman hyperspectral imaging (HSI) sensors are being developed to overcome two obstacles present in standard Raman detection systems: slow area search rate and lack of eye-safety. Shortwave infrared (SWIR) HSI sensors have been integrated into mobile, robot based platforms and handheld variants for the detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents (CWAs). In addition, the fusion of these two technologies into a single system has shown the feasibility of using both techniques concurrently to provide higher probability of detection and lower false alarm rates.

“Two techniques that have proven to be valuable are Raman and SWIR hyperspectral imaging. Unfortunately, current generation HSI systems have limitations that make their potential integration onto a handheld or field portable platform difficult,” said Dr. Gomer. “The systems that are field-portable do so by sacrificing system performance, requiring close proximity to the target for screening, and/or eliminating the potential to conduct real-time measurements. To address these shortcomings, the CISS team is developing a variety of wide-field hyperspectral imaging systems.”

Dr. Gomer’s talk entitled, “Handheld and mobile hyperspectral imaging sensors for wide-area standoff detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents“, will be presented during “Conference 9855, Session 4: Novel Spectrometers and Applications II” on Tuesday, April 19 at 9:50am in Room 333 of the Baltimore Convention Center. His discussion will provide background on Raman and SWIR hyperspectral imaging, information about scientific applications for these techniques, and an overview of novel CISS hyperspectral imaging sensors focused on sensor design and detection results.

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (formerly SPIE.DSS) is the industry’s most important scientific conference and exhibition on optics, infrared imaging, lasers, and sensing for defense, security, industry, healthcare, and the environment.

About ChemImage Sensor Systems

ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS™) develops innovative standoff chemical imaging sensors that make our world healthier and safer by utilizing patented imaging capabilities and leverage current in-the-field technologies to address the ever-changing landscape of drugs, chemical, biological and explosive (CBE) threats. CISS has developed a series of chemical imaging sensors for point, proximity, remote and standoff detection and identification in both fixed site and on-the-move configurations, in order to protect military troops, security personnel and citizens. For more information, visit

ChemImage Sensor Systems is a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, a leader in chemical imaging technology and instrumentation.

About ChemImage
ChemImage Corporation, a leader in hyperspectral and Raman chemical imaging technology provides innovative instrumentation, analysis software, contract services and expert consulting to government, industrial and academic organizations. The company’s proprietary, state-of-the-art chemical imaging sensors make our world healthier and safer through many scientific applications, including defense, security, pharmaceuticals, forensic science and biomedical diagnostic research, which can reveal critical chemical and biological information from a variety of material systems. For more information, visit

ChemImage’s headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA, where it pioneers research and development, as well as providing engineering and manufacturing which develops innovative products for the global marketplace.