X-ray phase imaging reaching clinical uses

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X-ray phase imaging that uses the phenomena of X-ray refraction and scattering to generate image contrast has the potential to overcome the drawback of conventional X-ray radiography in observing biological soft tissues. After its dawn at synchrotron radiation facilities 30 years ago, the development of X-ray phase imaging is expanding to hospitals by grating-based phase-imaging approaches available with a conventional X-ray tube. In this review, after introducing the physical advantages and methodological details of X-ray phase imaging, recent trials of instrumentation in hospitals for diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica Medica
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov


  • Arthritis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Grating
  • Interference
  • Mammography
  • Phase contrast
  • Refraction
  • Scattering


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