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ASTM F792 Step Wedge

To meet the need for testing upgraded X-ray systems, HighCom Security Inc. and Larry Copello, Inc have developed the new ASTM F792 Step Wedge that strictly complies with the FAA and Transport Canada Test requirements.

A new generation of X-ray systems has been developed in the last few years that are more sophisticated than ever before.

The ASTM X-ray Test Object was developed to assess an X-ray based screening systems image quality in 9 distinct areas: Test 1 Wire Display To determine how well an X-ray system displays wires, the test object shall incorporate a set of unobstructed wires. The gauge of these wires shall provide a sufficient range to characterize the systems ability to display wires. These wires shall be laid out on the test object in a sinusoidal pattern. Test 2 Useful Penetrations To determine the useful penetration of the of an X-ray system, the test object shall incorporate a set of wires placed under aluminum which varies in thickness. Both the gauge of these wires and the thickness of the aluminum shall provide sufficient range to characterize the systems Useful Penetration. The wires shall be laid out on the test object under an aluminum step wedge in a sinusoidal pattern. Test 3 Spatial Resolution To determine the spatial resolution of an X-ray system, the test object shall incorporate a set of narrowly spaced wires. Both the gauge of these wires and the spacing between them shall provide sufficient range between them shall provide sufficient range to characterize the systems Spatial Resolution. Test 4 Simple Penetration To determine the simple penetration of the X-ray system the test object shall incorporate lead digits places on top of the steel, which varies in thickness. The thickness of the steel shall provide sufficient range to characterize the systems Simple Penetration. Test 5 Thin Organic Imaging To determine the thin organic imaging capability of the xray system, the test object shall incorporate plastic of various thickness. The thickness of the plastic shall provide sufficient range to characterize the systems ability to image thin organic material. Test 6 Sensitivity To determine the IQI sensitivity of an x-ray system, the test object shall incorporate a set of flat-bottom holes drilled into steel and plastic samples which vary in thickness. The diameter, the depth of these holes and the thickness of the steel and plastic samples shall provide sufficient range to characterize the systems IQI Sensitivity. Test 7 Organic/Inorganic Differentiation - To determine the organic/inorganic differentiation capability of an X-ray system the test object shall incorporate a steel and plastic sample. Test 8 Organic Differentiation - To determine the organic differentiation capability of an Xray system, the test object shall incorporate various samples of plastic. The plastics chosen shall have different effective atomic numbers but nominally identical attenuation. Test 9 Useful Organic Differentiation To determine the useful organic differentiation of an X-ray system the test object shall incorporate various samples of plastic places on top of steel which varies in thickness.

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