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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $150,000)
This cooperative agreement funds Wisner Classic Mfg. to quadruple the x-ray image size available to bomb technicians by developing a 16x20 in. x-ray cassette, which will use Polaroid Instant film. The existing 8 X 10 in. cassettes used by bomb squads require multiple exposures to provide a full view of items such as small suitcases and briefcases. Most PC-based x-ray diagnostic systems have the same limited image size. While Golden Engineering Inc. has developed a PC-based system providing a larger (14 X 16 in.) image size, that system requires three times as long to develop an image (3 minutes) as the proposed Wisner system and at around $25,000 it also costs about five times as much. This effort has national impact and is endorsed by the National Bomb Squad Commander's Advisory Board.
The objective of the grant is to develop four prototype large image X-ray diagnostic systems that will enable bomb technicians to capture a briefcase sized package (16" X 20") in a single X-ray image. This additional $20,000 provides for supplies, training and maintenance support for the operational evaluation of these four prototype systems with two law enforcement agencies and the FBI's Hazardous Devices School. Additional funding may be required, if there is a higher than anticipated operational tempo or the devices require greater than anticipated maintenance.