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Systems and methods for imaging using radiation from laser produced plasmas

United States Patent

June 30, 2009
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In particular embodiments, the present disclosure provides systems and methods for imaging a subject using radiation emitted from a laser produced plasma generating by irradiating a target with a laser. In particular examples, the target includes at least one radiation enhancing component, such as a fluor, cap, or wire. In further examples, the target has a metal layer and an internal surface defining an internal apex, the internal apex of less than about 15 .mu.m, such as less than about 1 .mu.m. The targets may take a variety of shapes, including cones, pyramids, and hemispheres. Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide improved imaging of a subject, such as improved medical images of a radiation dose than typical conventional methods and systems.
Renard-Le Galloudec; Nathalie (Reno, NV), Cowan; Thomas E. (Reno, NV), Sentoku; Yasuhiko (Reno, NV), Rassuchine; Jennifer (Reno, NV)
11/ 732,920
April 5, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with United States Government support under grants DE-FC52-01NV14050, and DE-FC52-06NA27616 awarded by the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.