Have you ever wondered what the security officer behind the X-ray machine sees in your bags? How do they determine the materials based on the images on their X-ray screen? Put on your X-ray glasses and find out!
I have always been curious about the images produced from security X-ray scanners. Last year, a rare chance came when I heard about my friend going for a demo of using these security X-ray scanners. I asked him if I could come along with a few items so that I could have these X-rays images. To my surprise, he said, “Okay, why not? We could use these items to test the machine too!” You know that the rest is history.
The results? Some really unique X-ray images from the security X-ray scanner (I apologize for the quality of the images generated by the machine):
According to the person conducting the Demo, the main 3 colors you see in these images represent the following materials:
Blue: Hard materials eg. Metal, alloys, etc.
Orange: Rubber, plastic, gels, etc.
Green: Plastic and alloy of low densities
We tested some toys in the X-ray scanner as well:
This is an article written for the purpose of knowledge and pure fun for the Lomography Community. I have no intention to get the X-ray security company and its staff into any unwanted trouble. I did not take this X-ray images but I’m the rightful owner so please credit the pictures accordingly if you intend to use them!