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In this paper, we presented a new design of x-ray fluorescence CT imaging system. For detecting fuorescence signals of gold nanoparticles in-vivo, multiple spectroscopic detectors are arranged and rotated orthogonal to an excited region of interest so that a localized scan can be acquired with a maximized efficiency. Excitation filtration was employed to minimize the effects of low-energy x-rays and background scattering for lowering radiation dose to the object. Numerical simulations showed that the radiation dose is less than 300 mGy/second for a complete 30 views tomographic scan; and the sensitivity of 3D fluorescence signal detection is up to 0.2% contrast concentrations of nanoparticles. The x-ray fluorescence computed tomography is an important molecular imaging tool. It can be used directly in samall animal research. It has great translational potential for future clinical applications.


Wenxiang Cong, Haiou Shen, Guohua Cao, Hong Liu, Ge Wang. X-ray fluorescence tomographic system design and image reconstruction. Journal of X-ray science and technology. 2013;21(1):1-8

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PMID: 23507848

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