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Title: Phase-contrast Hounsfield units of fixated and non-fixated soft-tissue samples

X-ray phase-contrast imaging is a novel technology that achieves high soft-tissue contrast. Although its clinical impact is still under investigation, the technique may potentially improve clinical diagnostics. In conventional attenuation-based X-ray computed tomography, radiological diagnostics are quantified by Hounsfield units. Corresponding Hounsfield units for phase-contrast imaging have been recently introduced, enabling a setup-independent comparison and standardized interpretation of imaging results. Thus far, the experimental values of few tissue types have been reported; these values have been determined from fixated tissue samples. This study presents phase-contrast Hounsfield units for various types of non-fixated human soft tissues. A large variety of tissue specimens ranging from adipose, muscle and connective tissues to liver, kidney and pancreas tissues were imaged by a grating interferometer with a rotating-anode X-ray tube and a photon-counting detector. In addition, we investigated the effects of formalin fixation on the quantitative phase-contrast imaging results.
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  1. Technische Univ. Munchen, Garching (Germany)
  2. Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ., Munchen (Germany)
  3. Technische Univ. Munchen, Munich (Germany)
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-6203
Public Library of Science
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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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United States
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; formaldehyde; muscle tissue; X-ray radiography; electron density; adipose tissue; computed axial tomography; formalin fixation; kidneys