Detection Technology, a globally renowned company in X-ray detector solutions, has announced the launch of the X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detector (FPD), designed to enhance advanced industrial and dental X-ray imaging applications. CMOS technology-based X-ray FPD The X-Panel 1412 is a CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology-based X-ray flat panel detector (FPD) series that provides high scanning speeds yet razor-sharp images, and covers a wide energy range. The series is built on a proven, simplified, and robust digital platform to accelerate detector integration into X-ray systems and time-to-market, to extend system lifespan, and to bring greater total cost savings for X-ray OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and system integrators. X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detectors X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detector is available in two models, X-Panel 1412i and X-Panel 1412d The X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detector is available in two models, X-Panel 1412i and X-Panel 1412d that are optimized to application-specific requirements, and offer use-case-driven add-on features. The X-Panel 1412i is a perfect fit for industrial CT (Computed Tomography) and DR (Digital Radiography) applications, such as high-resolution quality inspection of critical components and valuable goods, in a wide range of applications in the automotive, electronics, food, and battery industries. In turn, the X-Panel 1412d is designed to meet the requirements of dental CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) and panoramic X-ray imaging applications. Accurate static and dynamic X-ray imaging “We are proud to expand our offering to high-resolution industrial applications with the unique X-Panel product family, which is already well-known in the medical market. The X-Panel 1412i enables accurate static and dynamic X-ray imaging in a variety of applications in the industrial field, ranging from conventional NDT (non-destructive testing) of critical parts to quality inspection of products and packages,” said Tomi Fält, Manager of Product Management at Security and Industrial Business Unit of Detection Technology. Tomi adds, “In addition to superior imaging-performance, our industrialized DDA (digital detector array) solution features high X-ray penetration for the inspection of dense objects, and extended sensor lifespan under X-ray, which are highly valued in industrial imaging.” Scalable, cost-effective solution “Our platform is easily scalable to various market needs. We have paid special attention to cost competitiveness in the dental-specific 1412d model. With its cost-saving features, the X-Panel 1412d sets an attractive price point in its class for performance-driven, high-tier dental modalities,” said Jyri Tolonen, Product Manager at Detection Technology. Jyri adds, “Such features include the enhanced CMOS sensor and the simplified platform designs that improve manufacturability and streamline the supply chain, for example. Furthermore, the mature and well-proven platform accelerates detector integration into X-ray systems and time-to-market.” Reliable CMOS imaging sensor Both models utilize a reliable CMOS imaging sensor (CIS) design for high scanning speeds and image quality Both models utilize a reliable CMOS imaging sensor (CIS) design for high scanning speeds and image quality, even at low-dose operation modes. The X-Panel 1412 features a frame rate of up to 30 fps in full size and full resolution. In certain application-specific ROI (region of interest) modes, it is also capable of acquiring images at 300 fps. As an example of its key parameters measuring imaging quality, the X-Panel 1412 provides a dynamic range of up to 76 dB. The X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detector has an active area of 140.1-by-120 mm. The 1412i model is equipped with screen scintillators optimized for industrial imaging, and the 1412d with medical-grade, structured cesium iodide scintillator. Equipped with durable and compact mechanics The models are powered by a 100-micrometer dual range pixel and a 14-bit ADC. The X-Panel 1412 supports both continuous and synchronous triggering modes. The 1412i model is targeted for an X-ray energy range of 20-225 kVp, and the 1412d for 60-100 kVp. The detector is equipped with durable and compact mechanics for reliability and ease of X-ray imaging system design. It can be easily integrated into small X-ray system form factors like NDT cabinets. In addition, the narrow frames around the active area shrink the shoulder edge distance that is critical in dental applications. The X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detector comes with an application-fitted and reliable control unit The X-Panel 1412 X-ray flat panel detector comes with an application-fitted and reliable control unit, and a Gigabit Ethernet interface. For speeding up design and system integration, a complete developer aid kit is available. The kit includes an application programming interface (API), panel demonstration application software, necessary cabling, and developer guides. Industrializing detector solutions Jyri adds, “The X-Panel 1412 demonstrates our capability to industrialize detector solutions for a variety of applications and to expand our portfolio determinedly. Our flat panel portfolio is constantly evolving with the market. For example, we have larger panel sizes in the pipeline to address specific medical and industrial imaging needs in the near future.” The dental-specific X-Panel 1412d is available immediately, and shipments of the 1412i for industrial applications will kick off at the beginning of 2021. Inquiries about availability and the developer aid kit can be directed to the company.
Detection Technology, a globally renowned provider of X-ray detector solutions, has unveiled the industry’s first off-the-shelf detector subsystem for security CT (computed tomography) applications. CT plug-and-play-type subsystem The plug-and-play-type subsystem, branded as Aurora CT, includes ready-made, multi-slice detector boards and a data acquisition system (DAS). Aurora CT speeds up time-to-market and decreases total costs of X-ray imaging systems that meet the most stringent security equipment standards in aviation, such as ECAC EDSCB C3, ECAC EDS Standard 3.1, and TSA AT-2 TIER II. “We have a comprehensive track record as the most trusted provider of customized detector solutions for security CT applications, and now we are positioning ourselves as the first in the industry to offer standard solutions for this high-tier segment,” said Tomi Fält, Manager of Product Management at Security and Industrial Business Unit, Detection Technology. Off-the-shelf CT detector solutions Our Aurora-branded multi-slice X-ray detectors and control unit provide accurate data for 3D CT imaging systems" He adds, “We have identified an increasing demand for off-the-shelf CT detector solutions, which enable rapid and cost-efficient system development, yet meet the latest regulations and standards in every detail. Security CT systems offer plenty of features to enhance aviation safety and passenger experience.” Tomi further said, “Our Aurora-branded multi-slice X-ray detectors and control unit provide accurate data for 3D CT imaging systems that detect the contents of bags without the need to remove electronics or liquids from the bags. In Aurora CT design, we have also paid attention to planned next-generation standards, and have ensured that the design is future-proofed.” 3-sided tileable detector modules The 3-sided tileable detector modules easily scale from 16-slice up to 64-slice system configurations to cover a wide range of set-ups, from entry-level checkpoint carry-on baggage scanners to large hold baggage CT scanners. In addition, air cargo and other critical logistics applications can be boosted with the Aurora CT subsystem. The modules are available in flexible single-energy constructions, which also support dual-energy configurations. The high integration level of detector modules improves mechanical robustness and imaging performance. Withstanding G-forces of rotating CT systems The whole detector system withstands G-forces of rotating CT systems up to 20G. Furthermore, the design selections ensure very high radiation hardness for long product lifetime. Tomi said, “In Aurora CT, we have utilized our previously launched, well-proven Aurora platform. The platform is powered by a 20-bit, application-optimized single-chip ASIC that effectively mitigates the impact of external interferences.” “All our Aurora-branded solutions have a big heart in a small package. Aurora CT provides superior image quality and a fully digitalized data path in the most robust, modular and easily scalable platform”. Aurora CT detector subsystem Aurora CT detector subsystem comes with sparse and full pixel matrix options Aurora CT detector subsystem comes with sparse and full pixel matrix options. The detector matrix is built on individual low-noise BSI (backside-illuminated) photodiodes for ultra-low crosstalk and low noise to meet high spatial resolution and penetration performance requirements. The scintillator matrix has high light output, and is practically afterglow-free to ensure high image quality without artifacts at fast scanning speeds. Optical, high-speed datalink The Aurora CT detector subsystem includes X-DCB (data combiner board) as an essential part of the DAS. Precise synchronization with a rotating gantry can be implemented with flexible encoder interface. Aurora CT features an optical, high-speed datalink from the data acquisition system to a host computer. This is a proven solution for system integration with the data transmission over rotating slip ring. Support for remote firmware updates Aurora CT detectors and X-DCB support remote firmware updates for smooth system development and possible adaptation to new requirements. In addition, various development and diagnostics functions are included to confirm the status and monitor health of the detector system. A software library is available to support rapid integration of the inspection system. Furthermore, Detection Technology provides global support to facilitate and accelerate the system design phase and detector integration. The Aurora CT subsystem is available for volume shipments, and inquiries about the development kit can directed to the company.