Characterization of biological tissues using X-ray attenuation data

G. Baldazzi, P. L. Rossi, S. Masetti, A. Turco, M. Fiaschetti, N. Lanconelli, D. Bianchini, L. Roma, G. Nicoletti, P. L. Lollini

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The possibility to visualize pathological tissues for example tumor neo-angiogenesis pattern-, using new X-ray imaging technique (such as Multi-Energy subtraction X-ray Imaging) is strictly related to an accurate knowledge of the X-ray absorption coefficients. Unfortunately, |i(E) values are partially derived from Monte Carlo simulation and known only for a little number of pathologies. A study of the attenuation properties of tissues was started at the University of Bologna in order to experimentally investigate their proprieties. Tissues X-ray attenuation curves are measured in a facility based on a Bragg monochromator with a lithium-fluoride crystal, to have beams with X-ray energies from 10 keV to 60 keV and energy resolution less than 2.0 keV. Different methods of analysis are implemented, starting from algorithms that can extract chemical-physical information from X-ray absorption measurements, such as effective atomic number and electron density.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, NSS/MIC 2008 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: Oct 19 2008Oct 25 2008


Other2008 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, NSS/MIC 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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