Embossed radiography utilizing energy subtraction Authors
First Online: 01 January 2009 Received: 31 July 2008 Revised: 17 November 2008 Accepted: 18 November 2008 DOI:
Cite this article as: Osawa, A., Watanabe, M., Sato, E. et al. Radiol Phys Technol (2009) 2: 77. doi:10.1007/s12194-008-0048-8
Currently, it is difficult to carry out refraction-contrast radiography by using a conventional X-ray generator. Thus, we developed an embossed radiography system utilizing dual-energy subtraction for decreasing the absorption contrast in unnecessary regions, and the contrast resolution of a target region was increased by use of image-shifting subtraction and a linear-contrast system in a flat panel detector (FPD). The X-ray generator had a 100-μm-focus tube. Energy subtraction was performed at tube voltages of 45 and 65 kV, a tube current of 0.50 mA, and an X-ray exposure time of 5.0 s. A 1.0-mm-thick aluminum filter was used for absorbing low-photon-energy bremsstrahlung X-rays. Embossed radiography was achieved with cohesion imaging by use of the FPD with pixel sizes of 48 × 48 μm, and the shifting dimension of an object in the horizontal direction ranged from 100 to 200 μm. At a shifting distance of 100 μm, the spatial resolutions in the horizontal and vertical directions measured with a lead test chart were both 83 μm. In embossed radiography of non-living animals, we obtained high-contrast embossed images of fine bones, gadolinium oxide particles in the kidney, and coronary arteries approximately 100 μm in diameter.
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