A method for improving the quality of images used in digital radiographic testing

Mitsutoshi Kobayash, Atsushi Taniguchi, Kaoru Sakai, Masako Mori, Kenichi Kawai, Yoshimitsu Aoki

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Abstract

Owing to recent developments in digital imaging technology, digital radiographic testing (RT) using computed radiography (CR) has begun to replace film RT in the inspection of piping at nuclear power plants. Digital RT enables inspection records to be preserved almost permanently without degradation and improves the efficiency of inspection by supporting inspectors using various image processing techniques. Defects can be quickly and reliably detected by applying image processing techniques such as image expansion and contrast adjustment. In addition, fluctuations in measured defect size are minimized due to quantitative evaluation using the image data. In the present paper, a method for improving the image quality of digital RT images, which is generally inferior to that of film (analog) images, is proposed in order to improve the practicality of digital RT. In this method, denoising via wavelet shrinkage and deblurring using the point spread function (PSF) estimated from image data are applied in order to accentuate the detection target in a noisy image and to improve the resolution. The enhancement of image quality is evaluated experimentally using digital RT images of a specimen with a small hole and duplex wire image quality indicator (IQI). As a result, the proposed method is confirmed to improve the quality of images with respect to noise and visibility. In particular, the visibility of the duplex wire IQI is 1.7 times.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE
Pages233-239
Number of pages7
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference, ICONE 2012-POWER 2012 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: 2012 Jul 302012 Aug 3

Other

Other2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference, ICONE 2012-POWER 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period12/7/3012/8/3

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Image quality
Testing
Inspection
Visibility
Image processing
Wire
Defects
Radiography
Optical transfer function
Target tracking
Nuclear power plants
Imaging techniques
Degradation

Keywords

  • Digital radiographic testing
  • Duplex wire gauge
  • Image quality improvement
  • IQI
  • Piping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Kobayash, M., Taniguchi, A., Sakai, K., Mori, M., Kawai, K., & Aoki, Y. (2012). A method for improving the quality of images used in digital radiographic testing. In International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE (Vol. 1, pp. 233-239) https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE20-POWER2012-55052

A method for improving the quality of images used in digital radiographic testing. / Kobayash, Mitsutoshi; Taniguchi, Atsushi; Sakai, Kaoru; Mori, Masako; Kawai, Kenichi; Aoki, Yoshimitsu.

International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE. Vol. 1 2012. p. 233-239.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kobayash, M, Taniguchi, A, Sakai, K, Mori, M, Kawai, K & Aoki, Y 2012, A method for improving the quality of images used in digital radiographic testing. in International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE. vol. 1, pp. 233-239, 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference, ICONE 2012-POWER 2012, Anaheim, CA, United States, 12/7/30. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE20-POWER2012-55052
Kobayash M, Taniguchi A, Sakai K, Mori M, Kawai K, Aoki Y. A method for improving the quality of images used in digital radiographic testing. In International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE. Vol. 1. 2012. p. 233-239 https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE20-POWER2012-55052
Kobayash, Mitsutoshi ; Taniguchi, Atsushi ; Sakai, Kaoru ; Mori, Masako ; Kawai, Kenichi ; Aoki, Yoshimitsu. / A method for improving the quality of images used in digital radiographic testing. International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Proceedings, ICONE. Vol. 1 2012. pp. 233-239
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