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Importance of photon interaction data for medical imaging and images of soft materials using x-ray microtomography
Author(s): Donepudi V. Rao; S. M. Seltzer; John H. Hubbell
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Paper Abstract

Photon interaction cross sections for a few biological materials are calculated at 60 keV using non-relativistic form factors and the incoherent scattering function approximation. Compton, Rayleigh and total scattering cross sections were estimated in the momentum transfer region 0 to 5Ao-1 for simulation and compilation purposes. Rayleigh scattering cross sections for water are estimated using the molecular form factors of Morin at low photon energies. Computed tomographic images of a few soft materials are obtained using a tomographic system based on an image intensifier. It consists of a charged coupled device camera and an acquisition board. The charge coupled device and the acquisition board allows image processing, filtration and restoration. A reconstruction program, written in PASCAL is able to give the reconstruction matrix of the linear attenuation coefficients, and simulates the matrix and the related tomography. X-ray imaging is a well established technique of detecting strongly attenuating materials as distinguished from weakly attenuating materials. The image contrast between the weakly attenuating materials can be enhanced by optimum selection of the X-ray energy and improving the spatial resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3977, Medical Imaging 2000: Physics of Medical Imaging, (25 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384524
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Donepudi V. Rao, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
S. M. Seltzer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
John H. Hubbell, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3977:
Medical Imaging 2000: Physics of Medical Imaging
James T. Dobbins; John M. Boone, Editor(s)

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