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Start-to-end simulation of a Thomson source for mammography

Oliva, Piernicola and Bacci, Alberto and Bottigli, Ubaldo and Carpinelli, Massimo and Delogu, Pasquale and Ferrario, Massimo and Giulietti, Danilo and Golosio, Bruno and Petrillo, Vittoria and Serafini, Luca and Tomassini, Paolo and Vaccarezza, Cristina and Vicario, Carlo and Stefanini, Arnaldo (2010) Start-to-end simulation of a Thomson source for mammography. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Vol. 615 (1), p. 93-99. ISSN 0168-9002. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2009.12.064


Thomson scattering X-ray sources have many features which are of relevance for several applications: the main one is the capability to produce intense, quasi-monochromatic, tunable X-ray beams, after collimation, still with a reasonably small size apparatus. Applications to medical physics are straightforward, in particular in mammography where dose control in screening programs is the main relevant issue. An optimal choice of the X-ray energy to image the breast will result in a best image quality and hence will lead to a dose reduction.
A Thomson scattering source is presently under development at the Frascati National Laboratories (LNF) of INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare).
A complete simulation of the source including electron beam, laser beam, Thomson interaction and X-ray imaging is presented. The X-rays are generated in the energy range suitable for mammography and used to generate images of a mammographic phantom.
Image quality is evaluated in terms of dose efficiency and compared to those obtained by monochromatic beams and conventional X-ray tubes.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:4467
Uncontrolled Keywords:Thomson scattering, mammography
Subjects:Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/07 Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina)
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Matematica e fisica
Publisher:North Holland / Elsevier
Deposited On:01 Sep 2010 15:16

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