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Image Quality Assessment of Four Different Computed Radiography Systems for NDT Applications

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Angela Peterzol

AREVA NDE Solutions/Intercontrôle, Chalon sur Saône, France

Bruno Bader

Areva IBMTE-F, Chalon sur Saône, France

Julien Banchet

AREVA NDE Solutions/NETEC, Lyon, France

Claire Caperaa, Vivian Didier

EDF CEIDRE, St. Denis, France

Paper No. PVP2013-97704, pp. V005T10A003; 9 pages
  • ASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 5: High-Pressure Technology; ASME NDE Division; Rudy Scavuzzo Student Paper Symposium
  • Paris, France, July 14–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5569-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Computed radiography (CR) is a digital radiographic technique, which uses very similar equipment to conventional radiography except that in place of a film to create the latent image, an imaging plate (IP) made of a photostimulable phosphor is used [1].

CR systems are commonly used in medical applications since they have proven reliability over more than two decades. Conversely, the NDT community has discussed the efficacy of film replacement by CR for more than 15 years. Though some standards were introduced in 2005 (ASTM E 2033, CEN EN 14784-2) and others are on the way (PR ISO 17636-2), CR is actually not included within the French RCCM, while the technique is commonly used in US for nuclear applications according to ASME (Section V, article 2).

Since 2006, AREVA has been evaluating the performance of CR in comparison to conventional RT in the framework of EN 14784 for the digital part and the RCCM for the conventional part. The objective was to build a technical justification report to eventually support introduction of CR into the RCCM.

In 2009 the subject gave rise to collaboration between AREVA NP – NETEC and EDF-CEIDRE, for a joint project to establish performance limits of CR towards EN 14784 specifications and RCCM image quality indicator (IQI) requirements [2]. In this paper, we present performance comparison results of four different CR systems. The measurements were conducted in 2012 and they demonstrate the current state of achievable image quality in CR. The performance has been evaluated for steel with a thickness range of 20÷60 mm using an Iridium 192 gamma source. Image quality has been assessed in terms of EN 462 and ASTM (E 747, E 1742) IQI. The results have been scored considering the PR ISO 17636-2, RCCM 2007, and ASME V-2010. This also permitted comparison among the different standard requirements.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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