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Apr 30, 2021

Watch: Drop Test X-ray Video

- By Jacqueline Wheeler

Watch this remarkable video of a plastic egg, containing small objects being X-rayed using Direct Conversion detectors, as it falls to the ground.

This is an example of how our photon counting X-ray technology can support industries that need to test what happens when an object is exposed to a substantial external force. For example, precisely what happens and where in the object at an exact moment of impact in a drop test.

Drop tests are routinely performed to test new product designs. Impact testing is used to understand the resilience of materials. However, in some cases, the most important part of what happens is not visible but takes place inside the product. This is when very fast X-ray imaging is transformative.

Until now, being able to produce an X-ray video of a moving object has required a very high energy source and a fast frame rate X-ray camera.

These Direct Conversion images from the XC-Thor.10G photon counting X-ray detector are taken at 2000 fps and at 4000 fps. The X-ray source is 150 kV / 10 mA. The fall height is 1.5m.