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X-ray fluorescence molecular imaging with high sensitivity: feasibility study in phantoms
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Paper Abstract

X-ray fluorescence molecular imaging (XFMI) can be a potential alternative to existing molecular imaging modalities providing high sensitivity and good spatial resolution. However, high sensitivity at a few tens of μg/mL can be reached only with monochromatic synchrotron x-rays; in typical laboratory setting using conventional x-ray sources XFMI has been reported to reach only about 10 mg/mL sensitivity. In this paper, we demonstrated the feasibility of simultaneously detecting x-ray fluorescence signals from a mouse-sized object containing iodine and indium solutions at 50 μg/mL concentration using a carbon nanotube (CNT) x-ray source. XFMI has the high potential to provide molecular imaging capability in small-animal models with high sensitivity, high spatial and temporal resolution, high multiplexing capacity, and at low radiation dose.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8313, Medical Imaging 2012: Physics of Medical Imaging, 83130S (2 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.911451
Show Author Affiliations
Guohua Cao, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Jianping Lu, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Otto Zhou, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8313:
Medical Imaging 2012: Physics of Medical Imaging
Norbert J. Pelc; Robert M. Nishikawa; Bruce R. Whiting, Editor(s)

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