New Advanced Imaging Technology Facility established at Northeastern

This year the newest ALERT test facility came online. The objective of the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) facility is the creation of an unbiased, academic-oriented “testbed” for development and evaluation of multi-modal sensors and algorithms for whole body imaging. The testbed is a collaborative effort led by ALERT Deputy Director Carey Rappaport.

The facility is being developed with equipment provided by Massachusetts companies Neurologica and American Science & Engineering. Neurologica, a leader in Computed Tomography imaging, provided a gantry from which different sensors can be mounted in varying configurations, while AS&E, which specializes in advanced x-ray inspection systems, provided a backscatter x-ray machine which can be run using alternative algorithms and complementary sensors. The datasets that will emerge from the testbed over the next few years are expected to be of great value to TSA in the analysis of performance enhancements to the state of the art.

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