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Sensors 2008, 8(4), 2082-2103; doi:10.3390/s8042082

An Optical Tomography System Using a Digital Signal Processor

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Control & Instrumentation Engineering Department, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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School of Mechatronic Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, 02600 Arau, Perlis, Malaysia
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Received: 29 January 2008 / Accepted: 7 March 2008 / Published: 27 March 2008

Abstract

The use of a personal computer together with a Data Acquisition System (DAQ) as the processing tool in optical tomography systems has been the norm ever since the beginning of process tomography. However, advancements in silicon fabrication technology allow nowadays the fabrication of powerful Digital Signal Processors (DSP) at a reasonable cost. This allows this technology to be used in an optical tomography system since data acquisition and processing can be performed within the DSP. Thus, the dependency on a personal computer and a DAQ to sample and process the external signals can be reduced or even eliminated. The DSP system was customized to control the data acquisition process of 16x16 optical sensor array, arranged in parallel beam projection. The data collected was used to reconstruct the cross sectional image of the pipeline conveyor. For image display purposes, the reconstructed image was sent to a personal computer via serial communication. This allows the use of a laptop to display the tomogram image besides performing any other offline analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: Optical tomography; digital signal processor; image reconstruction Optical tomography; digital signal processor; image reconstruction
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Rahim, R.A.; Thiam, C.K.; Rahiman, M.H.F. An Optical Tomography System Using a Digital Signal Processor. Sensors 2008, 8, 2082-2103.

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