First contact with an X-ray machine:
OTS basics – The basics of X-ray image interpretation basic training

Why is the image display of an X-ray machine so colorful?
What are the components of such a device?
What does an electric toothbrush look like in an X-ray image?
How do you operate the X-ray machine and how do you interpret the images displayed?

At the beginning of their career, screeners must familiarize themselves intensively with the theoretical framework of their job. This includes the operation of an X-ray machine: What possibilities and limits are enabled by their use, what controls are there, how do you place objects correctly on the conveyor belt? The ability to interpret the images displayed must also be acquired; this includes distinguishing colors and shapes as well as training spatial imagination.

This basic training module for the evaluation of X-ray images is aimed at all persons who inspect baggage, goods or other objects, regardless of their later field of application. Adapted to the constantly increasing requirements in the security industry, the simulator combines different categories and learning methods to familiarize the trainees with both theoretical principles and everyday objects.

Fast and reliable detection of dangerous objects is of enormous importance in highly sensitive areas. Only frequent training allows security personnel to contribute to increasing global security.

OTS basics is based on the STEP methodology, a pedagogical principle that says: „From easy to difficult - from uncomplicated to challenging“.

With its unique combination of theory and practice, OTS basics guarantees lasting learning success. First of all, prospective screeners are taught knowledge about X-ray technology and imaging: They understand how to use the device and how to visualize it, for example, color and shape, structures or overlays. After passing the theory test, the practice of X-ray image interpretation follows, in which simple everyday objects such as toothbrushes and smartphones are first shown. A description and definition to which group of objects it belongs (e.g. everyday objects) and what material it is made of (e.g. metallic) completes the learning content. In addition, screeners learn to recognize objects in X-ray images and to mark relevant details such as electronic devices. Furthermore, they master the systematics of X-ray image evaluation. After successfully passing the practical test, your staff is ready to deepen their knowledge in their specialization, for example in baggage or mail control.

All products of the OTS family complement OTS basics perfectly and allow basic and recurrent training of your employees. As with all of STI‘s OTS training courses, all images are displayed in Smiths Detection‘s proprietary file format – lossless, high-quality original image files provide optimal conditions for learning and practice. All relevant image enhancement functions of the X-ray unit are provided: Students can check objects with image display functions such as NEG, SEN or OS. The simulated keyboard of Smiths Detection X-ray machines allows for authentic training.

With OTS basics, future screeners learn how an Xray machine works, train the interpretation of X-ray images, and the identification of objects.

OTS software solutions are offered in packages that include not only theoretical and practical training but also extensive graphical evaluations in OTS Management. They are rounded off by online and offline support and frequent updates.

Content OTS basics
Learning object 400
Tests 2

3d prodetect

STEP methodology (practice)

  • Compliant to EU and ICAO regulations

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