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Phase contrast X-ray imaging for medicine (PhaseX)
Start date: Nov 1, 2012, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The goal of this grant is to introduce grating-based phase contrast enhanced X-ray imaging as a novel diagnostic tool in human medicine. We will first gain fundamental knowledge to master high-energy grating-based phase contrast imaging and develop novel radiological equipment at the demonstrator/prototype level to perform phase contrast enhanced investigation in human patients in-vivo. In a second phase, we will investigate in depth how our novel method applies to a few pivotal medical fields like mammography, vascular- and musculoskeletal diseases. In these areas there is a strong need for radiological investigations with improved density discrimination, specifically for early breast cancer detection, plaques visualization and cartilage, tendons or ligaments imaging. No hospital or clinical infrastructure in the world can perform phase contrast enhanced X-ray radiological investigations: therefore our discoveries will constitute an enormous impact in this field.

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