X-Ray Backscatter Imaging

Bruce C. Towe, Alan M. Jacobs

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This paper describes a new type of X-ray Compton scatter imaging technique which has potential application to medical diagnostic radiography. This system detects the Compton interacted radiation which is scattered back toward the X-ray source and uses the information to generate an interior view of an object from a frontal backprojection imaging perspective. X-ray scatter radiographs can provide a three-dimensional imaging ability that is different from computerized axial tomography and may provide additional medical diagnostic information which is difficult or expensive to derive from conventional techniques. Experiments performed in this research suggest that X-ray backscatter imaging may be a means of gaining a new penetrating frontal view of air-filed organs such as the gastrointestinal tract, sinuses, and tracheo-bronchial tree in humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-654
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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