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X-ray monochromator for divergent beam radiography using conventional and laser-produced x-ray sources
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Paper Abstract

We discuss technology that will produce a wide angle monochromatic beam of X-rays that appears to diverge from a virtual point source. Although our ideas are discussed in the context of dual energy subtraction angiography (DESA) that we are developing to operate in a clinical setting, they are widely adaptable to all applications of x-ray radiography. The best DESA analysis is obtained from X-ray images made in narrow energy bands just below and just above the I K-absorption edge. Our monochromator will be used to isolate these narrow bands to produce high contrast, high spatial resolution, ECG gated angiographic images. Emission lines, that have X-ray energies below (E-) and above (E+) the I K-absorption edge at 33.2 keV, are readily available. We have deposited variable d-spacing artificial crystals, called multilayers, on optically flat, very smooth substrates, to create narrow pass band X-ray monochromators centered on La and Ba K-emission lines. We will record (E-) and (E+) exposures on either photographic plates or, in the future, with energy sensitive pixelated arrays of solid state detectors. After a suitable normalization, the exposures will be subtracted to yield a high resolution, high contrast image of the I filled arteries. Although initial results will be obtained with conventional X-ray tubes, our goal is to couple the monochromators to a high intensity, laser produced, X-ray plasma. We will present early test data that shows the multilayer performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4502, Advances in Laboratory-based X-Ray Sources and Optics II, (6 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449864
Show Author Affiliations
Herbert W. Schnopper, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Suzanne E. Romaine, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Andrzej Krol, SUNY/Upstate Medical Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4502:
Advances in Laboratory-based X-Ray Sources and Optics II
Ali M. Khounsary; Carolyn A. MacDonald, Editor(s)

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