Mean absorbed dose to mouse in micro-CT imaging with an ultrafast laser-based x-ray source

Andrzej Krol, Ye Hongwei, Russell Kincaid, John M Boone, Marina Servol, Jean Claude Kieffer, Yakov Nesterets, Tim Gureyev, Andrew Stevenson, Steve Wilkins, Edward Lipson, Remy Toth, Andrew Pogany, Ioana Coman

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Abstract

We have investigated theoretically the mean absorbed dose to the mouse in our newly constructed, in-line holography, x-ray phase-contrast, in-vivo, micro-CT system with an ultrafast laser-based x-ray (ULX) source. We assumed that the effective mouse diameter was 30 mm and the x-ray detector required minimum 30 μGy per frame to produce high quality images. The following laser target-filter combinations were considered: Ag-Ag, Mo-Mo, Sn-Sn. In addition, we considered narrow-pass multilayer x-ray mirrors. The corresponding ULX spectra were obtained using a CZT solid-state spectrometer. The approach used for dose computation was similar to human dose estimation. The mouse was modeled as a tissue-equivalent cylinder located at the isocenter with diameter 30 mm and density 1g/cm 3. A layer of dermis (skin and fur) with 1 mm thickness was also modeled. Imparted energy per volume was estimated for 1 keV wide x-ray energy intervals in the 6-100 keV range. Monte Carlo simulations were performed using the SIERRA code previously validated using 30 mm diameter PMMA phantom. The results obtained indicate that: a) the mean absorbed dose for ULX is less than or equal to that from a W-anode micro-CT tube operating at 30-40 kVp with 0.5 or 1.0 mm Al; b) for filter thickness above 100 μm, Sn-Sn results in the highest dose, followed by Ag-Ag and Mo-Mo; c) the multilayer x-ray mirror with FWHM ≤ 10 keV produces significantly lower dose than metallic foil filters. We conclude that ULX can provide better dose utilization than a microfocal x-ray tube for in vivo microtomography applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume6510
EditionPART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventMedical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2007Feb 22 2007

Other

OtherMedical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period2/18/072/22/07

Keywords

  • Micro-computed tomography
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Mouse imaging
  • Small animal x-ray dose
  • Ultrafast laser-based x-ray source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Krol, A., Hongwei, Y., Kincaid, R., Boone, J. M., Servol, M., Kieffer, J. C., Nesterets, Y., Gureyev, T., Stevenson, A., Wilkins, S., Lipson, E., Toth, R., Pogany, A., & Coman, I. (2007). Mean absorbed dose to mouse in micro-CT imaging with an ultrafast laser-based x-ray source. In Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE (PART 2 ed., Vol. 6510). [65103P] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.713827