IONSCAN 500DT – Explosives and narcotics trace detection

Feature Highlights

  • Real-time detection in less than 8 seconds
  • Simultaneously detects and identifies explosives and narcotics
  • Large touch-screen colour display
  • Built-in thermal printer
  • Reusable sampling swabs
  • Approved/certified by TSA and ECAC


The IONSCAN 500DT is a highly sensitive desktop trace detector used to accurately detect and identify a wide range of military, commercial and homemade explosives threats and common illegal/controlled narcotics.

By incorporating two Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) detector modules into a single unit, detection is perfectly optimised and balanced for different sample types.

Analysis results can be stored directly on the detector, or printed out with the built-in printer, or exported via the USB port.

General characteristics

Technology Ion mobility spectrometry technology, simultaneous study of both polarities of detected ions
Operating modes Simultaneous detection of explosives and narcotics / Detection of only explosives / Detection of only narcotics
Detectable Explosives RDX, Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate, Nitroglycerin, Trinitrotoluene, HMX, Acetone Triperoxide and others
Detectable drugs Cocaine, Heroin, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Methylenedioxyamphetamine, Tetrahydrocannabinol and others
Limit of detection Explosives: picograms

Narcotic substances: fractions of nanograms

Analysis time 5-8 seconds
Sampling Wipe the controlled surface with a special cloth for subsequent detection of trace amounts of substances on it
Cold start warm-up time 30 minutes
Power Source 230 VAC current (voltage fluctuation range +10%/-15%), 50/60 Hz (frequency fluctuation range ± 3 Hz)
Power Consumption 600W cold start, 300W warm
Weight 19kg
Display 26.42cm TFT color touchscreen
Overall dimensions 400 x 310 x 400 mm – screen down
400 x 570 x 400 mm – screen raised
Printer Built-in thermal printer
Operating temperature range 0° to +40°C
Relative humidity at +20⁰С from 0% to 95% (non-condensing)
Options Flight Case