X-Ray Phase Contrast Methods

  • Sheridan MayoEmail author
  • Marco Endrizzi
Reference work entry


X-ray phase-contrast methods for imaging and tomography have considerable advantages over conventional absorption contrast. They enable excellent imaging contrast for both high- and low-density materials within the same sample and offer additional imaging modes which can highlight low-contrast boundaries, subtle density gradients, and fine-scale texture. Phase-contrast methods encompass a family of techniques implemented both in the laboratory and at synchrotron sources which utilize a range of tools to make visible the phase shift imposed on an X-ray beam by the sample. This chapter describes the main phase-contrast techniques used, their particular strengths, and a range of applications for each, together with some of the mathematical methods used in the analysis of phase-contrast data.


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  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of AkronAkronUSA
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