Golden Engineering X-ray generators are based on Pulsed X-ray technology. Pulsed X-rays generate a high intensity X-ray burst (pulse) in a very short period of time (10 to 50 nanoseconds depending on the model). The output dose of each pulse is 3-6 mR measured 12 inches from the front of the X-ray generator. The operator varies the overall dose of each exposure by changing the pulse setting. The pulse rate varies from 10 pulses per second to 25 pulses per second depending on the model. The generators can fire up to 200 pulses before a four-minute rest period.
Pulsed X-ray technology has inherent advantages for field operation compared to conventional constant potential X-ray machines or radioactive sources.
Performance and Packaging: Pulsed technology generates high output voltage using minimal input voltage. The result is extremely small single package generators with significant penetrating capability.
Safety and Simplicity: Minimal side and rear X-ray leakage means the operator safety stand-off distance is 20 feet (6 m) behind the unit. The generators contain no radioactive material. Radiation is only emitted from the generator while it is pulsing. The single package design eliminates the need for connecting cables between tube head, control module, and power supply. The Golden Engineering cold cathode tube requires no warm up and one input variable (pulse setting) simplifies the operating process.
Compatibility: Golden Engineering pulsed generators are compatible with most digital imaging systems. Conventional radiographic film requires more X-ray dose than digital imaging systems and may not be a viable option for light duty, pulsed X-ray generators. Contact us for more information.
From bomb detection through Special Forces to counter surveillance and customs, the security sector is facing ever growing challenges. Throughout the years, radiography has been a common imaging method for inspecting suspicious articles and explosive devices. For a long while, X-ray film was the most common (and practically the only) recording medium. The Digital Age brought about radical changes, and use of Digital Radiography (DR) expanded, while rapidly replacing conventional radiography methods.
Digital Radiography uses X-ray digital detectors instead of traditional film or Phosphor Plates (also known as Computed Radiography or CR). DR yields immediate and superior quality X-ray images at minimum time on target, with minimal radiation levels.
Digital Radiography vs. Film
Much like in a camera, using traditional film in radiography is time consuming and environmentally harmful. Film needs to be chemically developed, and is very limited in terms of image analysis and sharing with others.
Instead of film, DR uses a digital image capture device. Utilizing a wide dynamic range and high resolution, an immediate high quality image is generated. The retrieved image is displayed on a tablet and can be processed, enhanced, shared and digitally stored and accessed, all within a matter of seconds.
These attributes are particularly beneficial for the security industry as they:
Digital Radiography vs. Computed Radiography (CR)
CR makes use of phosphor crystals plates as a recording medium. The X-ray is absorbed and the exposed plate is then scanned with laser. The emitted light captured is converted into a digitized digital image.
Image readout must commence promptly as the amount of energy stored rapidly declines - the recorded image can substantially degrade during processing. Readout process for a single image takes about a minute and requires a dedicated bulky scanner.
With its unique penetration and detection capabilities, DR maximizes speed, safety, quality and overall performance, while making CR pale in comparison: