Image Quality Indicator(s) and Software for Computed Radiography (CR)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$149,838.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8117-14-C-0003
Solitcitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2014
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-191-2029
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-191
Small Business Information
American Testing Services LLC
2268 North Moraine Drive, Dayton, OH, 45439-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
104662833
Principal Investigator
 Nathaniel Reveal
 Project Manager
 (937) 298-9390
 nathaniel.reveal@americantestingservices.com
Business Contact
 Chris Small
Title: President
Phone: (937) 298-9390
Email: chris.small@americantestingservices.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Most NDT applications require some gauge of image quality prior to evaluation of the image for defects. In order to assess and quantify the image quality of a radiograph, a numerical value is assigned based on accepted imaging criteria. Film radiographs are typically characterized by the film density and by the visual detection by the inspector of an image artifact intentionally placed on the test article during exposure these artifacts are contained in IQI"s called penetrameters. When using a penetrameter originally developed for wet film techniques to validate a CR exposure there is not always a good correlation between IQI detection and CR image quality. One reason for this is simply because the imaging processes of CR do not respond the same way to radiation exposure as film. ATS and is subcontractors look to qualify individual CR exposures utilizing commercially available software that is user friendly and compatible with different CR systems maintained by the Air Force while also looking at IQI designs that may be more suited to CR processes.

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