Element’s industry-leading laboratories host the latest digital radiography testing equipment that can quickly and efficiently identify weaknesses in your materials. Our experts use this powerful non-destructive testing method in the aerospace, energy, and manufacturing sectors to make certain your products are compliant and fit for purpose.

Digital radiography (DR) is used for non-destructive testing and examination of the internal features of a product, to characterize materials properties, and to identify defects. It is an advanced form of conventional ‘film’ radiographic testing, an x-ray image is displayed directly onto a computer screen, producing real-time results. 


Digital radiography testing methods

Element’s digital radiographic test methods capture inclusions digitally using Digital Detector Arrays (DDA) and reusable imaging plates, instead of traditional methods using x-ray film. We use three main test methods for digital radiographic testing:

  • Computed radiography (CR) is the simplest digital radiography method. The item is exposed by x-ray tubes in cabinets, the imaging plate (IP) captures the image, and the IP is digitally scanned for display onto a high resolution viewing monitor.
  • Digital radiography uses a digital detector array, also known as a flat panel detector, with specialized x-ray tubes. The detector is rigid, exposure times are 70-90% shorter, and labor costs are significantly reduced. The image capture speed for DR is faster than alternate methods.
  • Computed tomography is an extension of DDA technology. It uses an automated detector motion to gather thousands of digital images at various angles to create a 3D image.

In our article The Difference Between Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) blog, we explain the three common NDT digital radiography modalities, their uses, and their benefits.

Our global experts are Level 3 qualified and on hand, ready to recommend the most suitable testing methods for your upcoming projects.


Advantages of using digital radiography testing

Digital radiography provides excellent image quality and a high probability of detection (POD). It is more economical than conventional radiography techniques; no film or developing costs are required, and plates can be re-used. The radiographic images are stored digitally and can be sent electronically by senior technicians to customers to view, saving valuable image processing time. Due to the elimination of film, digital radiography is also more environmentally friendly and can lead to more attractive pricing.

  • High-quality images
  • High probability of detection
  • Lower cost compared with conventional radiography
  • No film and film developing costs
  • Reusable plates
  • Reduced image processing time
  • Low environmental impact


The Element advantage

Element is the leading testing and inspection company for the aerospace, energy and product testing sectors. Our testing experts ensure the quality of your finished products and materials while delivering the certainty your radiographic inspection projects require.

We offer a range of digital and computed radiography solutions that are suitable for many industrial applications.

Please contact our experts now for more information.

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ASTM E1030, Standard Test Method for Radiographic Examination of Metallic Castings

ASTM E1032, Standard Test Method for Radiographic Examination of Weldments

ASTM E1165, Standard Test Method for Measurement of Focal Spots of Industrial X-Ray Tubes by Pinhole Measuring 

ASTM E1316, Standard Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

ASTM E1742, Standard Practice for Radiographic Examination

ASTM E1817, Standard Practice for Controlling Quality of Radiological Examination by Using Representative Quality Indicators (RQIs)

ASTM E2002, Standard Practice for Determining Total Image Unsharpness in Radiology

ASTM E2033, Standard Practice for Computed Radiology

ASTM E2104, Standard Practice for Radiographic Examination of Advanced Aero and Turbine Materials and Components

ASTM E2339, Standard Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE)

ASTM E2422, Standard Digital Reference Images for Inspection of Aluminum Castings

ASTM E2869, Standard Digital Reference Images for Magnesium Castings

ASTM E2445, Standard Practice for Performance Evaluation and Long-Term Stability of Computed Radiography Systems

ASTM E2660, Standard Digital Reference Images for Investment Steel Castings for Aerospace Applications

ASTM E2669, Standard Digital Reference Images for Titanium Castings

ASTM E2738, Standard Practice for Digital Imaging and Communication Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE) for Computed Radiography (CR) Test Methods

ASTM E2869, Standard Digital Reference Images for Magnesium Castings

QCM 9.1.18, Procedure for Computed Radiography Inspection, PCC Structurals Inc.

RRP-58009, Digital Radiographic Inspection, Rolls-Royce

RRP-58000, Technical Control of Non-destructive Testing, Rolls-Royce

Pr-5200, Radiology Inspection on Film, Safran

DMC 0050 Inspection Instructions – X-Ray Inspection, Safran

Pr 5200 Products for Radiology on Film, Safran

P3TF5, Radiographic Inspection, GE

P3TF38, Non-Film Radiological Inspection, GE

DRM-Master, Digital Radiography Method. Pratt & Whitney

J-ISAJT-A003, Radiographic Inspection, IHI

J-ISAJT-A006, Non-Film Radiographic Inspection, IHI

HGS1005, Digital Radiographic Inspection, Honeywell

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