14 March 2007 Multiplexing radiography based on carbon nanotube field emission x-ray technology
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State-of-the-art tomographic imaging technique is based upon of simple serial imaging scheme. The tomographic scanners collect the projection images sequentially in the time domain, by a step-and-shoot process using a single-pixel x-ray source. The inefficient serial data collection scheme severely limits the data collection speed, which is critical for imaging of objects in rapid motion such as for diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, CT fluoroscopy, and airport luggage inspection. Further improvement of the speed demands an increasingly high x-ray peak workload and gantry rotation speed, both of which have approached the engineering limits. Multiplexing technique, which has been widely adopted in communication devices and in certain analytical instruments, holds the promise to significantly increase the data throughput. It however, has not been applied to x-ray radiography, mainly due to limitations of the current x-ray source technology. Here we report a method for frequency multiplexing radiography (FMR) based on the frequency multiplexing principle and the carbon nanotube field emission x-ray technology. We show the feasibility of multiplexing radiography that enables simultaneous collection of multiple projection images. It has the potential to significantly increase the imaging speed for tomographic imaging without compromising the imaging quality.
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J. Zhang, J. Zhang, G. Yang, G. Yang, Y. Lee, Y. Lee, S. Chang, S. Chang, J. P. Lu, J. P. Lu, O. Zhou, O. Zhou, } "Multiplexing radiography based on carbon nanotube field emission x-ray technology", Proc. SPIE 6510, Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging, 65100W (14 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.708780; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.708780

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