In prior-art, most security threat detection techniques/procedures use X-ray based

detection systems. In general, X-rays are harmful and their prolonged exposure can

have devastating effects. Moreover, X-ray based systems are not capable of providing

information regarding thickness of the container as X-rays have limited penetration

abilities. This invention relates to a novel detection system comprising use of

ultrasonic waves for detection of suspicious metallic containers on cargo.


Value Proposition

The system:

• Has a faster scanning speed

• Is highly cost effective as compared to existing systems

• Allows for an ease of implementation along with effective integration capabilities

• Allows for an efficient material characterization from recovered images without any

additional hardware requirement

• Comprises the use of ultrasound (non-ionizing, harmless) waves as opposed to X-rays

• Has a better penetration capability as compared to conventional systems; enabling

accurate determination of potentially concealed objects

• Allows for detection of high-atomic-number shielding containers, useful for diminishing

radiological signature of nuclear threats

• Provides an additional detection capability for cargo inspection, enhancing the probability

of detection

• Would be commercially useful as an effective cargo screening system for border crossing,

seaports, airports, and logistics centers


Intellectual Property Status

Provisional Application 62/066,586


License Status

Available for license



Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Mark Saulich
Associate Director of Commercialization
Northeastern University
Jose Angel Martinez-Lorenzo
Yuri Alvarez-Lopez