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Advantages of quasi-monochromatic X-ray sources in absorption mammography

Oliva, Piernicola and Golosio, Bruno and Stumbo, Simone and Carpinelli, Massimo (2009) Advantages of quasi-monochromatic X-ray sources in absorption mammography. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Vol. 608 ((1, suppl. 1)), S106-S108. ISSN 0168-9002. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2009.05.043


Mammography is a challenging field of medical imaging. Early detection of breast cancer requires identifying small contrast details. The choice of the appropriate monochromatic energy enhances the visibility of such details. Thomson scattering source can provide tunable quasi-monochromatic X-ray beams. In this work, we investigate by Monte Carlo simulations the optimal monochromatic energy to image mammographic phantoms. In order to mimic a Thomson scattering source, we consider the effect on image quality of the presence of an energy spread and of the presence of higher-order harmonics.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:4483
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
Copyright Holders:© 2009 Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On:03 Sep 2010 11:47

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