Artifacts The Image Intensifier II The image intensifier is comprised of a large cylindrical, tapered tube with several internal structures in which an incident x-ray distribution is converted into a corresponding light image of non-limiting brightness. A picture of an image intensifier television II-TV system is shown below.
Conventional x-ray radiography produces images of anatomy that are shadowgrams based on x-ray absorption. The x-rays are produced in a region that is nearly a point source and then are directed on the anatomy to be imaged.
The x-rays emerging from the anatomy are detected to form a two-dimensional image, where each point in the image has a brightness related to the intensity of the x-rays at that point.
Image production relies on the fact that significant numbers of x-rays penetrate through the anatomy and that different parts of the anatomy absorb different amounts of x-rays.
In cases where the anatomy of interest does not absorb x-rays differently from surrounding regions, contrast may be increased by introducing strong x-ray absorbers. For example, barium is often used to image the gastrointestinal tract.
X-rays are electromagnetic waves like light having an energy in the general range of approximately 1 to several hundred kiloelectronvolts keV.
In medical x-ray imaging, the x-ray energy typically lies between 5 and keV, with the energy adjusted to the anatomic thickness and the type of study being performed. X-rays striking an object may either pass through unaffected or may undergo an interaction. These interactions usually involve either the photoelectric effect where the x-ray is absorbed or scattering where the x-ray is deflected to the side with a loss of some energy.
X-rays that have been scattered may undergo deflection through a small angle and still reach the image detector; in this case they reduce image contrast and thus degrade the image. This degradation can be reduced by the use of an air gap between the anatomy and the image receptor or by use of an antiscatter grid.
Because of health effects, the doses in radiography are kept as low as possible.
However, x-ray quantum noise becomes more apparent in the image as the dose is lowered. This noise is due to the fact that there is an unavoidable random variation in the number of x-rays reaching a point on an image detector.
The quantum noise depends on the average number of x-rays striking the image detector and is a fundamental limit to radiographic image quality. The x-rays are produced from electrons that have been accelerated in vacuum from the cathode to the anode. The electrons are emitted from a filament mounted within a groove in the cathode.
Emission occurs when the filament is heated by passing a current through it. When the filament is hot enough, some electrons obtain a thermal energy sufficient to overcome the energy binding the electron to the metal of the filament.
This voltage is supplied by a generator see below. After the electrons have been accelerated to the anode, they will be stopped in a short distance.
One method of x-ray production relies on the fact that deceleration of a charged particle results in emission of electromagnetic radiation, called bremmstrahlung radiation.
These x-rays will have a wide, continuous distribution of energies, with the maximum being the total energy the electron had when reaching the anode. The number of x-rays is relatively small at higher energies and increases for lower energies.
A second method of x-ray production occurs when an accelerated electron strikes an atom in the anode and removes an inner electron from this atom.
The vacant electron orbital will be filled by a neighboring electron, and an x-ray may be emitted whose energy matches the energy change of the electron. The result is production of large numbers of x-rays at a few discrete energies.
Since the energy of these characteristic x-rays depends on the material on the surface of the anode, materials are chosen partially to produce x-rays with desired energies.
For example, molybdenum is frequently used in anodes of mammography x-ray tubes because of its keV characteristic x-rays. Low-energy x-rays are undesirable because they increase dose to the patient but do not contribute to the final image because they are almost totally absorbed.
Therefore, the number of low-energy x-rays is usually reduced by use of a layer of absorber that preferentially absorbs them. The extent to which low — energy x-rays have been removed can be quantified by the half-value layer of the x-ray beam.
It is ideal to create x-rays from a point source because any increase in source size will result in blurring of the final image. The blurring has its main effect on edges and small objects, which correspond to the higher frequencies.
The effect of this blurring depends on the geometry of the imaging and is worse for larger distances between the object and the image receptor which corresponds to larger geometric magnifications.
To avoid this blurring, the electrons must be focused to strike a small spot of the anode. The focusing is achieved by electric fields determined by the exact shape of the cathode. However, there is a limit to the size of this focal spot because the anode material will melt if too much power is deposited into too small an area.Start studying Bushongs Fluoroscopy and QA.
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