Aims and objectives:
To evaluate the characteristics of images of the knee obtained from normal volunteers and osteoarthritis(OA) patients using an X-ray interferometry system that does not require either a synchrotron or a microfocus X-ray tube, and instead uses a practical X-ray tube (Talbot-Lau interferometry). The s[...]
Methods and materials:
Our new prototype machine has a larger field-of-view (8x8 cm) than the previous system (5x5 cm) and is intended to be applied to knee (and shoulder also) joints. Overview of our system is shown in Fig.1. The knee joints of healthy volunteers and OA patients were imaged, and the results were evaluat[...]
The joint cartilage and part of the menisci were well-depicted in all cases just like as those in the hands and wrists which has been previously reported and the joint cartilage of OA patientsshowed a decreased thickness(Fig. 2 & 3).
We constructed a system with an X-ray Talbot-Lau interferometer using a conventional X-ray tube and installed it in a hospital. This new X-ray imaging system can be used to image the cartilage and menisci, but more quickly and inexpensively than with MRI. The thickness of the joint cartilage and men[...]
Yuki Hara, M.D, Junji Tanaka, M.D., Mamoru Niitsu, M.D.: Department of Radiology, Saitama Medical University Hospital Yoshihide Hoshino: KonicaMinolta Inc.
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