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New Findings Reported from University of Alabama Describe Advances in Breast Cancer Screening

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Oncology have been published. According to news originating from Birmingham, Alabama, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The goal of this preliminary study was to perform an image quality comparison of high energy phase sensitive imaging with low energy conventional imaging at similar radiation doses. The comparison was performed with the following phantoms: American College of Radiology (ACR), contrast-detail (CD), acrylic edge and tissue-equivalent."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Alabama, "Visual comparison of the phantom images indicated comparable or improved image quality for all phantoms. Quantitative comparisons were performed through ACR and CD observer studies, both of which indicated higher image quality in the high energy phase sensitive images. The results of this study demonstrate the ability of high energy phase sensitive imaging to overcome existing challenges with the clinical implementation of phase contrast imaging and improve the image quality for a similar radiation dose as compared to conventional imaging near typical mammography energies. In addition, the results illustrate the capability of phase sensitive imaging to sustain the image quality improvement at high x-ray energies and for breast simulating phantoms, both of which indicate the potential to benefit fields such as mammography."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Future studies will continue to investigate the potential for dose reduction and image quality improvement provided by high energy phase sensitive imaging."

For more information on this research see: Image quality and dose efficiency of high energy phase sensitive x-ray imaging: Phantom studies. Journal of X-Ray Science and Technology, 2014;22(3):321-334. Journal of X-Ray Science and Technology can be contacted at: Ios Press, Nieuwe Hemweg 6B, 1013 Bg Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M.D. Wong, Univ Alabama Birmingham, Dept. of Radiol, Birmingham, AL, United States. Additional authors for this research include X.Z. Wu and H. Liu.

Keywords for this news article include: Alabama, Oncology, Birmingham, United States, Breast Cancer Screening, North and Central America

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