Radiography by selective detection (RSD) allows for preferential detection of backscatter components that are responsible for improving image contrast. This is accomplished through a set of specially designed detectors and both fixed and movable detector collimators. An example of RSD is lateral migration radiography (LMR). The LMR approach is based on image contrast generated by the lateral migration of scattered x-rays in directions perpendicular to the radiation illumination beam. This technique has been used successfully to detect buried landmines and flaws and defects in aluminum, plastics, honeycomb laminates, reinforced carbon composites, steel, and titanium. LMR has been used to detect variations in composition, including corrosion, and to detect flaws as small as 50 microns in height, 1 mm in width and 1 cm long in samples of actual aircraft components.
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Land mine detection
Cracks and voids
Boric acid residue
Reinforced carbon-carbon composites
Space shuttle external tank foam
Honeycomb structures (Aircraft wings)
Aluminum & titanium alloy
Backscatter X-Ray RSD is a proven technology that has been tested on a wide variety of materials and applications. The focus of RSD has been one-sided detection for applications where conventional non-destructive examination methods either will not work or give poor results. Acquired images have clearly shown, for a variety of conditions, that proper selection of x-ray field scatter components leads to a significant improvement in image quality and contrast. Improvements are significant enough in some cases that objects not visible to conventional CBI or transmission radiography become readily discernable with LMR or RSD.