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Various clinical application of phase contrast x-ray
Author(s): Chilhwan Oh; Sangyong Park; Seunghan Ha; Gyuman Park; Gunwoo Lee; Onseok Lee; Jungho Je
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Paper Abstract

In biomedical application study using phase contrast X-ray, both sample thickness or density and absorption difference are very important factors in aspects of contrast enhancement. We present experimental evidence that synchrotron hard X-ray are suitable for radiological imaging of biological samples down to the cellular level. We investigated the potential of refractive index radiology using un-monochromatized synchrotron hard X-rays for the imaging of cell and tissue in various diseases. Material had been adopted various medical field, such as apoE knockout mouse in cardiologic field, specimen from renal and prostatic carcinoma patient in urology, basal cell epithelioma in dermatology, brain tissue from autosy sample of pakinson's disease, artificially induced artilrtis tissue from rabbits and extracted tooth from patients of crack tooth syndrome. Formalin and paraffin fixed tissue blocks were cut in 3 mm thickness for the X-ray radiographic imaging. From adjacent areas, 4 μm thickness sections were also prepared for hematoxylin-eosin staining. Radiographic images of dissected tissues were obtained using the hard X-rays from the 7B2 beamline of the Pohang Light Source (PLS). The technique used for the study was the phase contrast images were compared with the optical microscopic images of corresponding histological slides. Radiographic images of various diseased tissues showed clear histological details of organelles in normal tissues. Most of cancerous lesions were well differentiated from adjacent normal tissues and detailed histological features of each tumor were clearly identified. Also normal microstructures were identifiable by the phase contrast imaging. Tissue in cancer or other disease showed clearly different findings from those of surrounding normal tissue. For the first time we successfully demonstrated that synchrotron hard X-rays can be used for radiological imaging of relatively thick tissue samples with great histological details.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6848, Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VI, 684817 (5 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.762644
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Chilhwan Oh, Korea Univ. Medical School (South Korea)
Sangyong Park, Korea Univ. Medical School (South Korea)
Seunghan Ha, Korea Univ. Medical School (South Korea)
Gyuman Park, Korea Univ. Medical School (South Korea)
Gunwoo Lee, Korea Univ. Medical School (South Korea)
Onseok Lee, Korea Univ. Medical School (South Korea)
Jungho Je, Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6848:
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VI
Tuan Vo-Dinh; Warren S. Grundfest; David A. Benaron; Gerald E. Cohn, Editor(s)

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