28 June 2001 Physics of medical imaging with crystal diffraction lenses
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A new type of medical imaging system based on crystal diffraction is being developed at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. It is designed to image very small amounts of radioactivity in the human body. The system has very fine spatial resolution (1-3 mm) and very high sensitivity. By combining two or more lenses, one can generate a 3-D image of the cancer. Micro-Curie sources can be detected with relative ease. These features make the system very useful to confirm or reject possible sites for a cancer in the human body following a full body scan. It could also have considerable use as a method of checking for breast cancer.
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Robert K. Smither, Dante Eduardo Roa, "Physics of medical imaging with crystal diffraction lenses", Proc. SPIE 4320, Medical Imaging 2001: Physics of Medical Imaging, (28 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.430916; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.430916
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