Nondestructive testing (NDT) industry
NDT is used to ensure quality and structural integrity during both manufacturing and in-service maintenance. Nondestructive evaluation encompasses a variety of inspection techniques including phased-array ultrasound, eddy current and radiography, and is routinely used in a broad spectrum of industries including aerospace, power generation and petrochemical.
The medical and nondestructive evaluation industries have measurement and imaging techniques in common, and share the same goal: achieving high-resolution imaging without causing harm or change to the patient/test specimen. Ultrasound in general, and phased arrays in particular, are increasingly being used in both industries because of advantages compared to alternatives that include safety, resolution and speed.