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Sharper X-rays Developed

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2008 -- Using novel x-ray optical components instead of sophisticated crystal optics has allowed dark-field images to be produced at wavelengths used in common medical and industrial imaging equipment. The dark-field images provide more detail than ordinary x-ray radiographs and could be used to diagnose the onset of osteoporosis, breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, and to identify explosives in luggage. Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland developed the method. Until now, dark-field x-ray imaging required...Read full article

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