Diemoz, PC and Bravin, A and Coan, P (2012) Theoretical comparison of three X-ray phase-contrast imaging techniques: propagation-based imaging, analyzer-based imaging and grating interferometry. Optics Express , 20 (3) 2789 - 2805. 10.1364/OE.20.002789.
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Various X-ray phase-contrast imaging techniques have been developed and applied over the last twenty years in different domains, such as material sciences, biology and medicine. However, no comprehensive inter-comparison exists in the literature. We present here a theoretical study that compares three among the most used techniques: propagation-based imaging (PBI), analyzer-based imaging (ABI) and grating interferometry (GI). These techniques are evaluated in terms of signal-to-noise ratio, figure of merit and spatial resolution. Both area and edge signals are considered. Dependences upon the object properties (absorption, phase shift) and the experimental acquisition parameters (energy, system point-spread function etc.) are derived and discussed. The results obtained from this analysis can be used as the reference for determining the most suitable technique for a given application.
|Title:||Theoretical comparison of three X-ray phase-contrast imaging techniques: propagation-based imaging, analyzer-based imaging and grating interferometry|
|Open access status:||An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.|
|Additional information:||© 2012 The Optical Society of America. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.|
|Keywords:||X-ray imaging, phase-contrast imaging, synchrotron radiation, signal-to-noise ratio, sensitivity|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Medical Physics and Bioengineering|
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