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11-23-2016, Chicago, IL

Introducing Superior X-ray Imaging with SCHOTT’s Fiber Optic Faceplates and BOROFLOAT® Glass

SCHOTT’s specialty glass and fused fiber optic faceplates reduce radiation while keeping images sharp
Fiber optic faceplates for transmitting images used for Dental and Medical applications
Fiber optic faceplates for transmitting images used for Dental and Medical applications
SCHOTT technology is advancing digital X-rays for hospitals and clinics, scientific labs, and defense and transportation applications. With SCHOTT’s fiber optic faceplates and BOROFLOAT® glass, X-ray technicians are able to reduce radiation doses while still generating sharp and clear images with less noise. The international technology group will exhibit these materials at the Radiological Society of North America’s Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, held Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place (booth #1902, South Hall A).

By protecting a digital X-ray’s complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, SCHOTT’s RoHS-compliant large format fiber optic faceplates help produce higher-quality images with lower doses of radiation. SCHOTT produces these plates in conformity with ISO9001:2008 and ISO13485:2003 standards; all of SCHOTT’s Lighting and Imaging facilities are ISO certified.

SCHOTT’s faceplates allow for high resolution images through high X-ray absorption and contrast, and are manufactured as large as 320 mm x 320 mm. These fused fiber optic faceplates integrate fiber optic elements ranging from 6 microns in diameter to 25 microns or larger.

“Digital X-ray imaging demands faster speeds and higher dosage levels, but too much radiation can create noise and ultimately damage sensitive CMOS detectors,” said Jeff Lowe, Senior Project Manager, Medical at SCHOTT. “The integration of fiber optic faceplates into CMOS detectors has allowed for significantly improved image resolution, which ultimately helps to improve the patient experience.”

SCHOTT offers another promising material with potential utilization as a scintillator substrate, cover glass or component for indirect or direct flat panel detectors in digital X-ray machines. BOROFLOAT®, a floated borosilicate glass, holds several advantages over traditional soda-lime or alkali-free glasses, all of which stem from its extraordinary glass structure. Because BOROFLOAT® glass has less non-binding oxygen holes in its microstructure, the glass shows significantly less darkening and structural degeneration when exposed to high-energy radiation; other glasses deteriorate and darken from high-intensity X-rays because their extra oxygen atoms are prone to electron hole defect generation when exposed to radiation.

X-ray detector manufacturers also rely on BOROFLOAT® glass for its superior finish, including excellent flatness and surface quality; its heat-resistance during processing; its low coefficient of thermal expansion and high glass transition temperature; and low weight.

“BOROFLOAT® glass’s versatility helps it excel in any type of application, from X-ray detectors to cover glasses and wafer substrates,” said Tina Gallo, BOROFLOAT® Applications Manager at SCHOTT. “It is a lightweight, highly transmissive, and rugged glass that is resistant to heat, chemicals and radiation, and aids industries from medicine to transportation.”

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of $2.24 billion were generated in fiscal year 2014/2015.
X-ray process with fiber optics faceplates
X-ray process with fiber optics faceplates
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