Canon Announces New Built-in AEC Assistance Technology For X-ray Image Sensor

Image Sensor

Canon press release:

TOKYO, March 25, 2021—Canon Inc. announced today that the company has developed the new “Built-in AEC1 assistance” technology for digital radiography (DR)2. With this technology, the device’s X-ray image sensor uses identical elements that are simultaneously capable of performing either image generation or real-time detection of the pixel value3 corresponding to emitted X-rays, notifying the X-ray generator when pixel value reaches a preset value.

In clinical environments, X-ray imaging is conducted with various precautions in accordance with the ALARA4 principle of radiation safety, which states that the use of radiation must, among other factors, “take into account benefits to the public health and safety, and other societal and socioeconomic considerations.” For example, when performing imaging using an X-ray imaging system, operators use an externally attached device for detecting electrical current corresponding to emitted X-rays in order to ensure that subjects are not exposed to excess radiation from the X-ray generator. However, with the digital radiography method, there are use cases in which external detection devices cannot be used, such as when the wireless X-ray imaging device is detached from the radiography stand or table.

In order to improve such conventional workflows, Canon has leveraged the X-ray sensor technologies and imaging technologies the company has cultivated over its long history to develop its new “Built-in AEC Assistance” technology. The new technology provides imaging devices with built-in functionality that conventionally requires external devices. This makes possible high-speed electric signal readout, as well as pixel value correction through various algorithms, within the X-ray image sensor, allowing the image sensor to simultaneously generate images and detect in real time the pixel value corresponding to emitted X-rays. What’s more, the technology enables operators to specify a pixel value and automatically send a notification to the X-ray generator. When that value is reached, eliminating the need for a dedicated external attachment and enabling the automatic stopping of X-ray emissions from the X-ray generator.

Click here to open the rest of the article

The Canon 65mm f/0.75 Was Made For X-RAY Machines, And This Guy Shot A Video With It

Canon 65mm F/0.75

I have to admit I never heard of the Canon 65mm f/0.75 lens, made for X-Ray machines. It’s a very rare lens, and one of the fastest ever built.

Mathieu Stern adapted the Canon 65mm f/0.75 to a Sony mirrorless camera, and shot a short video entirely at f/0.75. Wait for “The Witch” to start to see an f/0.75 lens used for video.

Below you can see a photo shot with the Canon 65mm lens.

Shot using the Canon 65mm F0.75 (image © Mathieu Stern)

Must be a challenge to properly focus with f/0.75. More images shot with the 65mm f/0.75 can be seen on his website and Instagram.

Canon also made a 50mm f/0.75 lens for X-Ray machines. If you are interested in more exotic lenses, have a look at Mathieu Stern’s online ‘Weird Lenses Museum‘.

[via DPReview]