6 February 1997 Conceptual development of a transportable/deployable x-ray inspection system for cars and vans
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Proceedings Volume 2936, Physics-Based Technologies for the Detection of Contraband; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.266263
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, 1996, Boston, MA, United States
Abstract
The technology of transmission and backscatter imaging by flying-spot x-ray beams was extended to 450 kV beam energies with the installation of a prototype CargoSearchTM system at Otay Mesa, California in the summer of 1994. CargoSearchTM is a fixed-site system designed for the inspection of large over-the-road vehicles at border crossings. A self-contained, mobile implementation of the same technology has also been developed to scan objects ranging in size from a small car up to a full-scale tractor- trailer rig. MobileSearchTM is able to be moved over ordinary roadways to its intended operating site and set up easily by two or three people, but is currently limited to backscatter imaging only. It also lacks the ability to effectively image the vehicle's undercarriage, which is important for the detection of contraband concealed in the vehicle itself rather than its cargo. There is a need for a transportable, deployable scanning system that combines the self-contained mobility of MobileSearchTM and the combined transmission and backscatter imaging characteristics of CargoSearchTM, including its good geometry for backscatter imaging of the undercarriage of inspected vehicles. Concepts for two approaches that meet these needs are presented.
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Roderick D. Swift, Roderick D. Swift, } "Conceptual development of a transportable/deployable x-ray inspection system for cars and vans", Proc. SPIE 2936, Physics-Based Technologies for the Detection of Contraband, (6 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266263; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.266263
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