21 September 2005 Energy-selective gadolinium angiography utilizing a stroboscopic x-ray generator
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Energy-selective high-speed radiography utilizing a kilohertz-range stroboscopic x-ray generator and its application to high-speed angiography are described. This generator consists of the following major components: a main controller, a condenser unit with a Cockcroft-Walton circuit, and an x-ray tube unit in conjunction with a grid controller. The main condenser of about 500 nF in the unit is charged up to 120 kV by the circuit, and the electric charges in the condenser are discharged to the triode by the grid control circuit. Although the tube voltage decreased during the discharging for generating x-rays, the maximum value was equal to the initial charging voltage of the main condenser. The maximum tube current and the repetition rate were approximately 0.5 A and 50 kHz, respectively. The x-ray pulse width ranged from 0.01 to 1.0 ms, and the maximum shot number had a value of 32. At a charging voltage of 100 kV and a width of 1.0 ms, the x-ray intensity obtained using a 50-μm-thick tungsten filter was 9.88 μGy at 1.0 m, and the dimensions of the focal spot had values of approximately 1×1 mm. Angiography was performed using the filter at a charging voltage of 100 kV.
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Eiichi Sato, Eiichi Sato, Yasuomi Hayasi, Yasuomi Hayasi, Rudolf Germer, Rudolf Germer, Koji Kimura, Koji Kimura, Etsuro Tanaka, Etsuro Tanaka, Hidezo Mori, Hidezo Mori, Toshiaki Kawai, Toshiaki Kawai, Takashi Inoue, Takashi Inoue, Akira Ogawa, Akira Ogawa, Shigehiro Sato, Shigehiro Sato, Kazuyoshi Takayama, Kazuyoshi Takayama, Hideaki Ido, Hideaki Ido, "Energy-selective gadolinium angiography utilizing a stroboscopic x-ray generator", Proc. SPIE 5920, Ultrafast X-Ray Detectors, High-Speed Imaging, and Applications, 59200V (21 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.621056; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.621056

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