Apparatus and method for three-dimensional imaging using a stationary monochromatic x-ray beam

Overview

Information

Number
6327335
Application
09/290436
Filing date
04/13/1999
Issue date
12/04/2001
Inventor(s)
Frank Carroll
US Classification
378/36; 378/37; 378/84; 378/85
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Citations

NA (4)
Barr & Stroud (4)
Focused X-Rays, (2)
U.S. Philips (2)
Hitachi, (2)
Jefferson Science Associates, (2)
Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung (1)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE, AS REPRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (1)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (1)
Varian Associates (1)
Stanford University (1)
Regents of the University of Colorado, The (1)
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (1)
MILTI-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING (1)
British Technology Group (1)
QEL (1)
INSTITUTE FOR LASER TECHNOLOGY 8-4, UTSUBOHONMACHI 1-CHOME (1)
FreeScale Semiconductor (1)
IMAGING SCIENCES ASSOCIATES (1)
University of Pittsburgh (1)
General Electric (1)
Analogic (1)
Thorn EMI Patents (1)
Sumitomo Heavy Industries, (1)
X-Ray Technologies Pty (1)
PANalytical BV (1)
Computome (1)
FujiFilm (1)
REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, THE (1)
Thales (1)
University of Southern California (1)
Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (1)
University of Florida (1)
Shimadzu (1)
Rigaku Industrial (1)
danaher (1)
Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (1)
UNITED STATES TRUST (1)
Japan Science and Technology (1)
FELtech (1)
Acrogen (1)

Abstract

Abstract

A three-dimensional imaging device comprising a stationary monochromatic beam source projecting a beam onto a plurality of reflective mosaic crystals, wherein the plurality of mosaic crystals reflect the beam through a stationary object onto a stationary detector. A way for scanning the object includes moving the entire set of the mosaic crystals linearly along a line in the plane of the crystals, and rotating the entire plurality of crystals about an axis through the stationary beam source while maintaining the plurality of crystals in a fixed relative orientation. A potential application of the invention is to improve the accuracy of mammography in the diagnosis of breast cancer.

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Referenced by

MXISystems (1)
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Tech Analysis

Class Subclass Type Reference Factor Citation Factor Strength Grant time Early grant (%)
378 36 Stable Sustaining Seminal Medium Average 50.0
378 37 Emerging Average Seminal Medium Average 49.0
378 84 Stable Sustaining Average Medium Average 65.1
378 85 Stable Sustaining Average Medium Average 67.6