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North Star Installs CT System at University of Florida

June 3, 2009
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FLORIDA-North Star Imaging has installed an X-View CT X-ray system at the University of Florida. The X-ray system configures a 225- and 450-kilovolt X-ray tube into one enclosure. It also is fitted with an MTS load cell and an Espec environmental chamber.

“This was a fun project that had numerous aspects and many challenges,” says Lou Ortega of North Star Imaging. “My hat is off to the installation team that managed to shoe horn this 45,000-pound room and all the associated equipment into this very tight office space. True to the integrity and fine craftsmanship that North Star Imaging has come to be known for; this project is no exception.”

With the system, objects are manipulated by a customized version of NSI’s M5000 positioner. Digital imaging is obtained through the use of a digital flat panel detector paired with North Star Imaging’s X-view image processing software. The system also incorporates full computed tomography (CT) capabilities-calibration to reconstruction to visualization-with NSI’s efX-ct software.

In addition, the system includes an MTS load cell and an Espec environmental chamber integrated into the X-ray enclosure. The load cell will enable the university to test objects under pressure or stress. The environmental chamber was installed to precisely maintain the temperature within the enclosure and allow the duplication of environmental conditions ranging from a northern Minnesota winter to a southern Texas summer.

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