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X-ray Phosphor Screens

A selection of materials for optimum performance in each application. 

Scintacor offers three types of Gadox scintillator screens (sometimes referred to as luminescent screens or intensifying screens): 

Luminex – Terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulphide (Gadox:Tb). This phosphor is also known as P43.

Rapidex – Praseodymium-doped gadolinium oxysulphide (Gadox:Pr) for hard X-ray applications (50-300 keV).

MeVex – A very high coating weight screen made of terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulphide (Gadox:Tb) for use at high-energy energy levels (>450 keV – 25 MeV). 

The properties of these screens are listed in Table 1.

Table 1

(1)Relative to Lanex Regular benchmark screen. X-ray source: 150kV unfiltered
(2)X-ray source 70kV

Size & geometry.

Unlike other commercially available products, Scintacor X-ray screens can be ordered in single units and custom-cut to any shape and size, to match the specific requirements of each application. 

Large sheets are available with linear dimensions up to 1,000×1,750mm. On request, the screens can also be supplied in precision-cut strips as thin as 3-4mm for coupling to linear diode arrays. They can be mounted on a variety of substrates for easier handling and deployment.

Replacement screens  

The Luminex screens can be used as replacement for X-ray scintillator screens by other manufacturers. Table 2 below provides the approximate equivalence among Scintacor designations and those of other manufacturers. This table does not imply the exact equivalence of the various screens and we invite you to contact Scintacor personnel for further guidance.

Table 2

(*) Disclaimer.  Headings and keywords in the table above are descriptive of the products offered by Scintacor to show which of Scintacor’s products is best suited as replacement of a similar product made by another company. The trademarks P100/DRZ, Lanex/MinR and Ortho are the property of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Carestream Health and Agfa HealthCare respectively.

Typical Applications

  • Dual energy detectors for baggage / end-of-line inspection
  • Radiographic inspection of large-scale objects
  • X-ray cabinets for postal screening
  • Ultra-high speed imaging
  • Dual energy computed tomography (DECT)
  • Electron beam detection in SEM/TEM

  • Backscatter detectors

Why Scintacor?

Levy and West, the founders of the renowned laboratories which later became Applied Scintillation Technologies and then Scintacor, were among the pioneers who explored the use of zinc sulphide phosphors for fluoroscopic X-ray imaging. Since then, many additional phosphor systems have been developed and today we find gadolinium oxysulphide (Gd2O2S or simply Gadox / GOS) phosphor is one of the most widely adopted for several reasons. The material morphology is well known and well controlled; the luminescent efficiency is relatively high (approximately 15%) and the emitted light matches well with the spectral response of silicon light detection devices such as charge-coupled detectors (CCD) and complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS).

Gadox scintillator screens were originally developed and commercialized by companies which supplied photographic film and were often described as ‘fine’, ‘regular’ or ‘fast’ depending upon the film speed and spatial resolution of the film with which they were paired. These screens are still widely available up to a maximum size of 14’’x 17’’ but they do not always provide the optimal solution for digital X-ray imaging. Conversely, Scintacor phosphor screens have been specifically designed around digital X-ray imaging systems to provide differentiated performance over standard scintillator screens, in both lens-coupled systems, and direct-coupling to solid-state light detectors, such as CMOS and CCD.

Benefits & Features

  • Selection of materials available to prioritise brightness, resolution, or speed
  • Screens can be cut to size
  • Available on a variety of substrates and mounting materials
  • Optional laminated protective layer

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