Artist's impression of the undersea pipline X-ray in operation (Image: GE)
The Digital Detector Array (DDA) (Image: Oceaneering)
An example of a pipeline x-ray (Image: Oceaneering)
Using X-rays and other forms of radiation has been a standard tool for testing pipelines for decades, but until now it's been largely confined to factories and land-based pipelines instead of the deep seabed. That’s changing as GE adapts its medical X-ray systems to work in the crushing pressures of the deep oceans, as part of a remote-controlled submersible rig for examining pipelines in place.
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