Grid Alignment Test Tool

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Increased patient radiation dose and reduced image contrast can result from lateral decentering or tilting of a focused grid used in a Bucky apparatus. The Grid Alignment Test Tool is used to check whether a focused grid is aligned properly with the central ray and the center of the film cassette. It consists of a set of three plastic-covered, 1/16"- thick lead plates: one 9 1/8" x 3 5/8" test plate, and two 3 9/16" x 2 3/8" blocker plates.

The large test plate contains five 3/8" test holes and five 1/16" orientation holes. It’s easy to use! The test tool is centered on the x-ray table and fixed in position perpendicular to the grid lines. Five exposures are made, with the x-ray beam sequentially centered on each of five holes, and the optical densities of the hole images are compared. A properly centered and leveled grid will result in equal density changes in the hole images on either side of the central hole. Unequal density changes indicate the need for corrective action.

Specifications - Weight: 1.5 lbs

0695-0099 Grid Alignment Test Tool