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Medical applications of polycapillary x-ray optics
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Paper Abstract

Medical imaging was one of the earliest applications of x radiation and remains one of the most common and most important. Despite the advent of ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray imaging is still the most widely used medical imaging modality. Its low cost and ease of use are critical for mass screening, for example in cancer detection. The recent invention of Kumakhov polycapillary x-ray optics allows for a new mechanism of control of broadband x-ray radiation for imaging. Polycapillary x-ray optics provide nearly complete scatter rejection, and can be used to magnify or demagnify the x-ray image without conversion to visible photons. Measurements have been made of the performance of prototype magnifying antiscatter optics. Significant contrast enhancement and resolution improvement have been measured. The potential application of polycapillary optics to focused beam therapy is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2519, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Sensors and Applications, (15 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211905
Show Author Affiliations
Carolyn A. MacDonald, SUNY/Albany (United States)
Walter M. Gibson, SUNY/Albany (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2519:
X-Ray and Ultraviolet Sensors and Applications
Richard B. Hoover; Mark Bennett Williams, Editor(s)

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