European Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp 1550–1560

Synchrotron radiation in radiology: radiology techniques based on synchrotron sources

  • Reto Meuli
  • Yeukuang Hwu
  • Jung Ho Je
  • Giorgio Margaritondo

DOI: 10.1007/s00330-004-2361-x

Cite this article as:
Meuli, R., Hwu, Y., Je, J.H. et al. Eur Radiol (2004) 14: 1550. doi:10.1007/s00330-004-2361-x


The characteristics of synchrotron X-ray sources—quite different from those of conventional sources—are exploited by several new imaging techniques. These techniques expand the capabilities of conventional radiology and find interesting application in special cases. We briefly review the basic principle, applications and limitations of the most important of them: monochromatic mammography, two-wavelength digital subtraction angiography, phase-contrast/edge-enhancement imaging, diffraction-enhanced imaging and microtomography.


SynchrotronStorage ringUndulatorWiggler bending magnetPhase-contrastDiffraction-enhanced imagingTomographyDigital subtraction

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reto Meuli
    • 1
  • Yeukuang Hwu
    • 2
  • Jung Ho Je
    • 3
  • Giorgio Margaritondo
    • 4
  1. 1.Service de Radiodiagnostic et Radiologie InterventionnelleLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan, ROC
  3. 3.Department of Materials SciencesPohang University of Science and TechnologyPohangSouth Korea
  4. 4.Faculté des Sciences de BaseEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland