High-resolution X-ray luminescence extension imaging

Journal: Nature

Published: 2021-02-17

DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03251-6

Affiliations: 7

Authors: 16

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Imaging curved objects using X-rays

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© Phil Fisk/Image Source/Getty Images

A flexible X-ray detector can realize the long-desired goal in X-ray imaging of producing high-resolution images of curved objects.

From medical imaging to airport security, X-rays are routinely used to obtain images of objects. But while the current technology is good at producing images of flat objects, the rigid, flat-panel detectors it employs make it difficult to generate high-resolution images of curved three-dimensional objects.

Now, a team led by researchers at the National University of Singapore has overcome this limitation by embedding special X-ray-absorbing nanoparticles in a flexible silicone rubber film. After trapping X-rays, the nanoparticles emit visible light for more than a month. This light can be used to obtain an high-resolution image of a curved object.

The researchers anticipate that their technique will find use in medical radiography, high-energy physics and therapies that are guided by imaging.

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  1. Nature 590, 410–415 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03251-6
Institutions Share
Fuzhou University (FZU), China 0.56
National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 0.28
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 0.06
Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (FJIRSM), CAS, China 0.06
Joint School of National University of Singapore and Tianjin University, China 0.02
NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI), China 0.02