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Phase contrast X-ray imaging for medicine

Objective

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.

Field of science

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  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer/breast cancer

Call for proposal

ERC-2012-StG_20111109
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 428 460
Principal investigator
Marco Stampanoni (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Marco Stampanoni (Prof.)

Beneficiaries (2)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 428 460
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Marco Stampanoni (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Marco Stampanoni (Prof.)
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 070 840
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irene Walthert (Mrs.)