Synchrotron radiation in radiology: radiology techniques based on synchrotron sources

Eur Radiol. 2004 Sep;14(9):1550-60. doi: 10.1007/s00330-004-2361-x. Epub 2004 Jul 31.


The characteristics of synchrotron X-ray sources--quite different from those of conventional sources--are exploited by several new imaging techniques. These techniques expand the capabilities of conventional radiology and find interesting application in special cases. We briefly review the basic principle, applications and limitations of the most important of them: monochromatic mammography, two-wavelength digital subtraction angiography, phase-contrast/edge-enhancement imaging, diffraction-enhanced imaging and microtomography.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angiography / instrumentation
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction / instrumentation
  • Animals
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Mammography / instrumentation
  • Microradiography / instrumentation
  • Microscopy, Phase-Contrast / instrumentation
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / instrumentation*
  • Scattering, Radiation
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Synchrotrons / instrumentation*
  • Technology, Radiologic / instrumentation*
  • X-Ray Diffraction / instrumentation