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Are ultrashort x-ray pulses likely to be less carcinogenic?
Author(s): Ronald W. Waynant; Ilko K. Ilev; Kunal Mitra
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Paper Abstract

With the development of femtosecond and shorter pulsewidth lasers and the ability to amplify these pulses to incredibly high pulsed power has come the ability to produce ultrashort pulses of x-rays. In previous years sessions of this conference we have proposed use of these ultrashort pulses of x-rays to produce high resolution, high image quality three dimensional x-ray images of breast and other areas of the body. Theoretical studies of the impact of increasing higher power of UV and X-Ray sources for sterilization lead us to question whether very short pulses of extremely high power (but low dose, i.e. J/cm2) may have less carcinogenic effect. If this is true, it could potentially allow greater use of such x-ray systems for breast cancer surveillance as well as other areas such as deep body inspection. In addition, it could allow for creation of better images by use of higher resolution, noise reduction and higher repetition rates. Better images should improve detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5312, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIV, (13 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.528234
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Ronald W. Waynant, U.S. Food and Drug Administration/Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health (United States)
Ilko K. Ilev, U.S. Food and Drug Administration/Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health (United States)
Kunal Mitra, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5312:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIV
Reza S. Malek; Abraham Katzir; Lawrence S. Bass; Karen M. McNally-Heintzelman; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Nikiforos Kollias; Kenton W. Gregory; Henry Hirschberg; Steen J. Madsen; David S. Robinson; Keith D. Paulsen; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; Eugene A. Trowers; Werner T.W. de Riese, Editor(s)

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