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NMP Computed Radiography Plate

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Technology Marketing Summary

Computed radiography plates are used in medical imaging and nondestructive testing of welds, fabricated pipes, and aging infrastructure where sampling is expensive or not possible. The layer that binds the phosphorous material to the substrate has its own luminescence and negatively impacts the signal to noise ratio of the image. This technology improves image clarity in high-energy radiographic images by applying a phosphorous material directly to the Tantalum plate without the use of a polymer binding agent, thereby reducing imaging interference.

  • Provides improved resolution in high-energy radiographic images.
  • Allows for the removal of plastic polymer by utilizing a phosphorous material.
  • Reduced amount of radiation to be needed to perform radiography.
  • Superior high-energy radiographic image clarity.
  • Reduces interference and internal scattering and allows for increased resolution.
  • Higher levels of repeatability.
Applications and Industries
  • Medical imaging
  • Weld inspection
  • Machine component inspection
  • Fatigue life analysis
  • Nondestructive testing of welds, fabricated pipes, and aging infrastructure where sampling is expensive or not possible.
More Information

TRL 8: Model or prototype has been demonstrated in a relevant environtment.

Inventors: Nathaniel F. Henry and Alex K. Moses

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 9,110,175
Computed radiography imaging plates and associated methods of manufacture
Computed radiography imaging plates incorporating an intensifying material that is coupled to or intermixed with the phosphor layer, allowing electrons and/or low energy x-rays to impart their energy on the phosphor layer, while decreasing internal scattering and increasing resolution. The radiation needed to perform radiography can also be reduced as a result.
Y-12 National Security Complex 08/18/2015
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