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Operation Manual

v2.5 – March 2015

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transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any
language in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any
purpose, without the express written permission of QSA Global, Inc.

OpenVision and SENTINEL are trademarks of QSA Global, Inc.

Information in this manual is subject to change without notice.

©2007-2014 QSA Global, Inc.


The OpenVisionTM produces ionizing radiation when energized and

must be operated by qualified personnel who must read the Warning
section of the manual before operating.

QSA Global, Inc. cannot be held responsible for damages caused by

inadequate training, misuse, or unsafe practices in the operation of the
OpenVisionTM system.

It is unlawful to use this equipment to intentionally expose humans or

animals for use in medical radiography.


Equipment that is lost, stolen or destroyed must be reported to QSA

Global, Inc. Including the date of incident and serial number.

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To ensure proper functioning and use of this product do not use until you read and
completely understand this operation manual. It contains set-up, start-up,
operating, and troubleshooting procedures.

The OpenVisionTM is an industrial X-ray generator that produces hazardous

ionizing radiation when energized.

It is unlawful to use this equipment to intentionally expose humans or animals or for

medical radiography.

The OpenVisionTM system is subject to the regulatory practices of your country or

region. Contact your country or regional radiation equipment regulatory office
before operating the system.

The operator of the OpenVisionTM must be properly trained in radiation safety

before operating the system.

Unauthorized personnel should not have access to the OpenVisionTM system.

Authorized personnel should safeguard the controller key.

Develop and closely follow a safe operating procedure for using the OpenVisionTM
system. The safe operating procedure must ensure that:

• The general public is not exposed to radiation above the permissible limits,
which in most countries is 0.02 mSv (2 mR) in any one hour for a member of the
public. Procedures must account for primary and secondary radiation.

• The safe operating procedure must ensure the OpenVisionTM system is used
within regulations of your country or region.

All operators of the OpenVisionTM system should wear a personal radiation

monitoring device, such as a TLD (thermo luminescent dosimeter), film badge, and
a pocket dosimeter consistent with company policy and state or federal government

The OpenVisionTM system has no explosion proof rating and should not be used in
an explosive atmosphere.

All operations should be conducted to expose the operator to radiation levels

“As Low As Reasonably Achievable“ (ALARA). Always use the “Low” setting for
mA when hand-holding the system.

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1 Specifications 5

2 Overview 6

3 Safety and Handling 8

4 System Contents 10

5 Setup 11-23

6 Startup 24-26

7 Operation 27

8 Shutdown 28

9 Troubleshooting 29-30

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Imaging Area: 10cm x 15cm (4"x 6“) field of view, continuously moveable

Dimensions: Adjustable up to 48cm (19”) between X-RAY tube and Imager and up
to 63.5cm (25”) with extended carbon fiber tube.
Throat depth is 51cm (20”)
Acquisition Time: Real-time NTSC video (30 frames per second)
Energy: Controller Settings R/hr output 30.5cm (12”) from port
40kV, .1mA 6R/hr
70kV, .1mA 20R/hr
70kV, .3mA 60R/hr
Beam is tightly collimated to imaging area at 40cm (15.75“) frame
opening. Beam size approximately 18 degrees horizontal and 12
degrees vertical, (28 degree beam without collimator in place.)
Spatial Resolution: 250 µm (0.010”)
Weight: C-Arm: 5.7 kg (12.5 pounds) including Imager and X-
RAY Tube Assembly
Controller: 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) including large battery and
shoulder strap
Temperature: Operating: Imager and tube: -29˚C to 49˚C (-20˚F to 120˚F) ambient.
Storage: -34.5˚C to 60˚C (-30˚F to 140˚F)
Display: 16.5cm (6.5”) LCD and optional head-mounted display (HMD).
Recording: Digital Video Recorder (DVR) with LCD display and removable micro
SD card.
Packaging: All components housed in a wheeled field case
Shipping weight of 24 kg (53 pounds)
Case size: 82cm x 52cm x 32cm (32” x 20.5” x 12.5”)

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This manual contains the operating instructions for the

OpenVisionTM system when used in handheld mode of operation.
The system is manufactured by the Digital Products Group of
QSA Global, Inc. in Houston, Texas, USA.


The OpenVisionTM system utilizes a proprietary intensified video

imaging system that captures radiographic images that are then
displayed on a hand held LCD, head mounted display, or portable
recorder with LCD display in real-time (30 frames/sec).

Operating Conditions

The OpenVisionTM system is designed for applications where the

equipment and cabling will not be exposed to harsh handling or
environmental extremes. See the Specifications sheet on page 5
for more information.

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X-Ray Training

It is expected that operators of the OpenVisionTM system are

properly trained and qualified to safely perform radiographic
inspections. This guide does not address radiation safety
requirements or radiographic inspection procedures.

General Precautions

Although the OpenVisionTM system is designed for portability, the

equipment still contains sensitive electrical components. Care
must be used to avoid strong vibrations or shock (i.e. dropping
the unit or transporting outside of the approved case) to the
imager, X-RAY tube, displays and recording equipment.

Do not attempt to open or modify imager, x-ray tube, or controller



Opening the imager, X-RAY tube, or controller housing voids the

system warranty and may expose you to a high voltage shock

Do not allow liquids to contact any part of the OpenVisionTM


Appropriate care should be taken to protect all cabling and

connectors to ensure the reliable and safe operation of the
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Safety and Handling

Low kV Low mA High kV Low mA

<0.02mSv/hr exposure <0.02mSv/hr exposure
0.02mSv exposure in 15 mins 0.02mSv exposure in 15 mins
0.02mSv exposure in <1 sec 0.02mSv exposure in <1 sec

Note: Exercise additional caution when using the carbon

fiber extension tube as X-RAYs will pass around the
imager. Always try to keep the area behind the imager
clear of living organisms when possible.

An operator must NEVER expose themselves to the

direct X-RAY beam (diagrammed on page 10).

Operator should
always position
themselves behind
the X-RAY port and
use the hand grip(s)

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Safety and Handling

Trigger Guards

The OpenVision system is equipped with trigger guards

to prevent accidental x-ray emission. Removal of these
guards may violate the regulations of your country or

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System Contents

OpenVisionTM System and Shipping Case Contents:

(Part Number in Parenthesis)

• OpenVision CF Unit -
• Imager (315302)
• Controller w/ Strap (315304/313236)
• Hand-held 6.5” LCD (EC100413)
• Head mounted Display (313437)
• Digital Video Recorder w/ accessories (313729)
• Controller Cable – Controller to OpenVision (313271)
• Monitor Cable – Accessory Port to Display (313303)
• External Trigger (313426)
• Controller Key(s) (313056)
• 18V Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (2) (315201)
• Battery Charger (315202)
• Tool Kit (315204)
• User manual (315203)
• Quick Start Guide -

Optional Components
• Wireless DVR transmitter/receiver (313767)

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OpenVisionTM Anatomy
Picatinny Rail Carbon
Slider Slider
(Top Handle Mount)

Folding Joint

Strap Loop


Folding Joint
Targeting Camera
and Laser

X-Ray Port

X-Ray Detector

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OpenVisionTM Anatomy

Controller Cable

Color Changing Light

(Blue = Power On; Red = X-Rays)


X-Ray Beam
To 4” x 6” Imaging Plane


Beam is tightly collimated to 10cm x 15cm (4” x 6”) imaging area

at 40cm (15.75”) C-Arm opening. Beam size approximately 18
degrees horizontal and 12 degrees vertical, (28 degree beam
without collimator in place.)

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Initial Setup





Unfold OpenVision unit by pressing the Red joint-

release buttons and unfolding the imager, then the x-ray
tube enclosure.

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Initial Setup

Internal Cable
(Imager Cable)

Ensure that the Red-labeled end of the Internal Cable

(inside Carbon Tubing) is plugged into the upper-rear
accessory port on the right side of the X-Ray Tube

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Joint Positioning
Twist and Slide


X-Ray Tube Assembly

• Press the Red Joint Release Button to position the

Imager in 45° increments or to fold the X-Ray Tube
Assembly for storage.

• To move the X-Ray Tube Assembly along the Carbon

Fiber Rail, loosen the thumbscrew and slide to the
desired position, then retighten the thumb screw.

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Accessory Attachment
Imager Use



The connectors indicated with blue arrows in the diagram

above are Universal Accessory Connectors. Any
connector of this style (female 6-pin with green band) is
compatible with any corresponding OpenVision accessory.
Accessory cables will have green or red labels on the cord,
match green to green and red to red. Accessories can be
attached and removed while system is powered on.
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Monitor Attachment


• To connect a monitor, plug the green-label end of the

cable into any Universal Accessory Connector.

• Press the Power Button to turn the monitor on.

• If the screen is solid blue, press the “INPUT” button to
change the input to AV1.

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CF-DVR Setup and Use

OpenVision to DVR Video Cable

Wired Use:

Plug the 6 pin end of the DVR cable into any Green-banded 6 pin connector port
of the OpenVision™ unit or controller.

Plug the other end of the cable into the AV In Port of the DVR

Wireless Use:

Plug the Wireless Transmitter into the OpenVision™ unit or controller and
select the channel you would like to use.

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Photo/Record Button

M Button CF-DVR Setup and Use

ESC Button Previous/Next
(Previous Menu) Switch DVR General Use:

1. Hold the “M” button to turn on the


2. Power on the OpenVision™ unit and

the video should appear on the screen.
If in wireless mode and no video is
shown, check connection of the wireless
transmitter to the OpenVision™ and
ensure the channel of the DVR matches
the transmitter settings.

USB/Charger 3. To take a picture simply click the

(Photo/Record Button).

AV OUT 4. To record video hold the

(Photo/Record Button), the video should
start recording; to pause the video, tap
AV IN the (Photo/Record Button), tap it
again to resume recording; click the
(ESC) button to stop the recording.

5. To review videos, slide the switch on

Micro SD Slot
the left side of the DVR from movie
record mode to play mode (as seen in
the diagram to the left); alternatively,
Record Mode plug a USB mini B into the left side of
Playback Mode the DVR unit and plug the other end of
the USB into a computer. The DVR
Motion Detect should then appear as a drive on the
(not used)
computer, allowing you to browse the

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CF-DVR Default Reset

If unit does not function properly, reset the unit to default settings in the
Setup on-screen menu and perform the following setup procedure:
- Switch to channel 1 (default channel for wireless transmitter) by pushing previous/next
rocker switch to go to channel 1
- Make sure the switch on the left side is set to (movie recording mode)
- Make sure the 4 GB micro SD Card is inserted; other memory sizes of micro SD cards may be
used, but 32 GB is the maximum.

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Wireless Transmitter Setup

Channel Selector
Power Light (channel 1 by default)

Belt Strap
Power Button Antenna



• To connect a Wireless Transmitter, plug the green-label end of

the cable into any Universal Accessory Connector. Plugging
into the controller is recommended.
• Press the Power Button to turn the transmitter on.
• Turn the Channel Selector to the desired channel and match
the channel on the DVR.

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Head Mounted Display

The Head Mounted Display

(HMD) for NDT OpenVision™
systems clamps to a hard hat
and can be adjusted to each

Do not over tighten the HMD

arm adjustment or the arm
will be damaged. An
additional cable anchor at the
back of the hardhat is
recommended to keep the
cable from pulling on the
display and interfering with
arm movement.

Adjust the brightness and

Mode contrast settings of the HMD
Control using the provided control
panel (detailed on the next

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Head Mounted Display

On/Off Connect HMD and turn on power. Press and

hold the Plus & Minus buttons
simultaneously for two seconds and the
display will turn Off or back On. Turn Off
via OVCF controller during normal

Brightness Press once or press and hold the Plus

Adjustment button to increase brightness. Press once or
press and hold the Minus button to
decrease brightness.

Contrast Press the Mode button for one second to

Adjustment change from brightness mode to contrast
mode. Press once or press and hold the
Plus button to increase contrast. Press once
or press and hold the Minus button to
decrease contrast.
Press the Mode button for one second to
change from contrast mode back to
brightness mode.

PAL/NTSC Before connecting to C-arm, press and hold

Mode the Plus and Mode buttons simultaneously
and connect 6 pin cable.
Release the Plus and Mode buttons and the
display will toggle input modes (PAL
to NTSC, or vice versa).

Orientation Press the Mode button and then connect 6

pin cable. Release the Mode button and the
display will rotate 180 degrees.

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Changing Top Carbon Tubing

Imager and
Front Joints

X-RAY Tube

• Loosen both Clamps using Allen wrench (Clamps

should be transferred to new Carbon Tubing piece)

• Remove the Imager and Front Joint Assembly

• Remove the X-RAY Tube Assembly

• Slide the Internal Cable through the new Carbon


• Reverse the disassembly procedure and reattach the

Internal Cable connection
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Controller Cable Controller

• Connect the Controller Cable (Large 10-Pin) to the

OpenVision C-Arm and Controller

• Connect a Milwaukee M18 battery to the Controller.

Use the integrated battery life button to verify the charge
status of the battery.

• Rotate the red Keyswitch on the Controller to power

on the system.

Note: The Key can be removed to prevent unauthorized


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mA setting

kV setting

• Press the kV and mA Buttons to adjust the power

output of the X-RAY Tube starting with Low-Low and
working up until the X-RAYs penetrate the target object.

Note: Additional caution should be exercised when using

medium and high mA settings. When in use, an audible
alarm will sound. If site conditions require the alarm be
silenced, it can be disabled by holding the kV and mA
buttons during startup.

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Mandatory Warm Up Procedure

Daily warmup procedure (once per 24 hours):

• 10 Seconds Low kV/High mA

• 20 Seconds Medium kV/High mA
• 10 Seconds High kV/High mA

Warmup procedure if unit has not been used for more than
1 week:

• 10 Seconds Low kV/High mA

• 30 Seconds Medium kV/High mA
• 10 Seconds High kV/High mA

Note: Ensure that a safe perimeter is maintained during

warm up as the unit will emit X-RAYs.

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Color Changing Light

(Blue = Power On; Red = X-Rays)

Integrated X-RAY

X-RAY Beam
To 4” x 6” Imaging Plane

Once desired accessories are connected, the X-RAY output

is set on the controller, and the immediate area is clear of
non-radiation workers:

• Pull either Integrated X-RAY Trigger or Wired External

Trigger (not shown) to switch from targeting video to X-
RAY Imager video.

• After 2-8 seconds, the color changing warning light on

the accessory hub will change from blue to red,
indicating the emission of X-RAYs, and a live X-RAY
image will appear on the monitor.

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Store the Controller with

key removed (as shown) to
prevent unauthorized

• Turn off and remove the Key from the Controller.

The system is now ready to be dismantled. Locate
the Controller Key in a secure area to avoid
unauthorized use.

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Problem: The light on the X-RAY tube blinks repeatedly when X-

RAY trigger is pressed.

Solution: Battery is low. Replace / Recharge the battery.

Problem: No output; unit does not turn on.

Solution: Check all connections (especially Imager Cable inside

the Carbon Fiber Tubing). Check battery condition.

Problem: LCD Display too dark or too light in center.

Solution A: Adjust brightness and contrast using Monitor control


Solution B: Adjust kV and mA to increase or decrease X-RAY

flux and power.

Problem: Head Mounted Display image is upside down or split

in half.

Solution: Adjust the NTSC/PAL mode or flip 180 degrees.

These settings can be accidentally reset when attaching the HMD
if the buttons are pressed at the same time. See page 18 for
instructions to adjust settings.

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Problem: Low X-RAY output or misaligned image.

Solution: Inspect collimator and tube head for damage,

misalignment or debris blocking collimator. Visually confirm the
focal spot is visible at the bottom of the collimator by removing
cap. Clear debris if required. If the tube or collimator has
rotated, determine if the locking screws are in place to secure
parts in position . If parts are damaged or missing contact QSA
Global for parts or service.

Problem: The X-RAY stops after 90 seconds of operation.

Solution: The system has a safety feature to avoid accidental

long term exposure. After 90 seconds, the system automatically
stops producing X-RAYs. Releasing and pressing the trigger will
restart the production of X-RAYs.

If problems persist that are not shown in the list above, please email or call one of the phone numbers listed on the back
of the manual for assistance. Thank you.

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Sales / Customer Service

QSA Global, Inc.

6765 Langely Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809 USA

Telephone +1 225 751 5893

Toll Free +1 800 225 1383
Fax +1 225 756 0365 or
+1 225 751 8082

QSA Global, Inc.

U Lomy 1069
Dobrany 334 41
Czech Republic


QSA Global, Inc.

SENTINEL™- Digital Products Group
3200 Awesome Lane
La Porte, Texas 77571 USA

Telephone +1 713 944 3200

Fax +1 281 476 9309


All goods and services are sold subject to the terms and conditions
of QSA Global, Inc. A copy of these terms and conditions is available upon request.

SENTINEL™ is a trademark of QSA Global, Inc.

All band names and product names where used are acknowledged
to be trademarks of their respective holders.

© 2014 QSA Global, Inc.

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