The MetalMapper 2×2 measures in two distinct modes. A dynamic survey involves collecting data over the site while the instrument moves in a series of parallel swaths. The dynamic survey then identifies targets which need further characterization. These targets are then measured during a static or cued survey, where the instrument makes measurements while stationary over the previously identified targets.

In clear areas with a trained 2 man crew, the MetalMapper 2×2 can survey about ¾ of an acre per day in dynamic mode or collect 200 cued targets per day in static mode.

It is not practical to use the MetalMapper as a metal detector for applications like prospecting or utility location due to the specialized nature of the measurement and the instrument cost.