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A reference sample for investigating the stability of the imaging system of x-ray computed tomography.

Sun, W; Brown, S B; Flay, N; McCarthy, M B; McBride, J* (2016) A reference sample for investigating the stability of the imaging system of x-ray computed tomography. Meas. Sci. Technol., 27 (8). 085004

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Abstract

The use of x-ray computed tomography for dimensional measurements associated with engineering applications has flourished in recent years. However, error sources associated with the technology are not well understood. In this paper, a novel two-sphere reference sample has been developed and used to investigate the stability of the imaging system that consists of an x-ray tube and a detector. In contrast with other research work reported, this work considered relative positional variation along the x-, y- and z-axes. This sample is a significant improvement over the one sphere sample proposed previously, which can only be used to observe the stability of the imaging system along x- and y-axes. Temperature variations of different parts of the system have been monitored and the relationship between temperature variations and x-ray image stability has been studied. Other effects that may also influence the stability of the imaging system have been discussed. The proposed reference sample and testing method are transferable to other types of x-ray computed tomography systems, for example, systems with transmission targets and systems with sub-micrometre focal spots.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: X-ray Computed Tomography, stability
Subjects: Engineering Measurements
Engineering Measurements > Dimensional
Identification number/DOI: 10.1088/0957-0233/27/8/085004
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:13
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/7149

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