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Medical Phase Contrast X-ray Imaging with Laser Plasma Accelerator

Objective

Cancer detection at an early stage is crucial for subsequent therapy success. To achieve this goal, an effective screening should rely on a specific tool that should be not only non-invasive but also adaptable to patients and their diseases. Widely used nowadays, X-Ray imaging (RX) is a well-established cancer screening technique. However, it poses major problems of (i) detection of tumours at early stages when they are small and of low contrast, (ii) dose deposition in a body, especially for frequent and long term monitoring and (iii) energy tunability of the X-ray source to optimize the imaging. The project XMED aims at tackling simultaneously these three strong limitations, and to come out within 18 months with a demonstrator. For this purpose the most advanced electron beams produced by laser plasma accelerators will be use to radiate a bright, tunable X ray beam using the recent all optical Compton scheme.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

ERC-2014-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Host institution

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 149 851

Beneficiaries (1)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 149 851
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations