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Title: Automatic tool alignment in a backscatter X-ray scanning system

Abstract

Technologies pertaining to backscatter x-ray scanning systems are described herein. The backscatter x-ray scanning system includes an x-ray source, which directs collimated x-rays along a plurality of output vectors towards a target. A detector detects diffusely reflected x-rays subsequent to respective collimated x-rays impacting the target, and outputs signals indicative of parameters of the detected x-rays. An image processing system generates an x-ray image based upon parameters of the detected x-rays, wherein each pixel in the image corresponds to a respective output vector. A user selects a particular portion of the image, and a medical device is positioned such that its directional axis is coincident with the output vector corresponding to at least one pixel in the portion of the image.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1226549
Patent Number(s):
9186116
Application Number:
14/711,518
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F41 - WEAPONS F41H - ARMOUR
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01N - INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 May 13
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Garretson, Justin, Hobart, Clinton G., Gladwell, Thomas S., and Monda, Mark J.. Automatic tool alignment in a backscatter X-ray scanning system. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Garretson, Justin, Hobart, Clinton G., Gladwell, Thomas S., & Monda, Mark J.. Automatic tool alignment in a backscatter X-ray scanning system. United States.
Garretson, Justin, Hobart, Clinton G., Gladwell, Thomas S., and Monda, Mark J.. Tue . "Automatic tool alignment in a backscatter X-ray scanning system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1226549.
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