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TU-Munich published first patient study with a dark field x-ray radiography system

A ground-breaking clinical study initiated by the Franz Pfeiffer group at TU Munich showed clear evidence that the dark-field-signal gives insight into a live human organ microstructure, using an X-ray radiographic setup and a Talbot-Lau grating interferometer. The revolutionary result is that the dark-field technique can ‘see’ disease induced alterations of the lung micro alveolae, opening the way to an entirely new medical imaging modality for improved and earlier diagnostic of major lung diseases such as COPD, emphysema and cancer.   The technique was made possible by Microworks’ gratings and has great potential not only in medical but also in NDT applications.
European Respiratory Journal 2020 56: 850; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2020.850

A set of gratings similar to the ones used in the patient study. The 1€ coin on the lower right is to highlight the grating size of up to 10x20 cm, a unique Microworks product.