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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2012
  • pp: 6738–6744

Three-dimensional terahertz computed tomography of human bones

Maryelle Bessou, Bruno Chassagne, Jean-Pascal Caumes, Christophe Pradère, Philippe Maire, Marc Tondusson, and Emmanuel Abraham  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 28, pp. 6738-6744 (2012)

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Three-dimensional terahertz computed tomography has been used to investigate dried human bones such as a lumbar vertebra, a coxal bone, and a skull, with a direct comparison with standard radiography. In spite of lower spatial resolution compared with x-ray, terahertz imaging clearly discerns a compact bone from a spongy one, with strong terahertz absorption as shown by additional terahertz time-domain transmission spectroscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(100.6950) Image processing : Tomographic image processing
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(110.7440) Imaging systems : X-ray imaging
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics
(110.6795) Imaging systems : Terahertz imaging

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2012
Published: September 25, 2012

Maryelle Bessou, Bruno Chassagne, Jean-Pascal Caumes, Christophe Pradère, Philippe Maire, Marc Tondusson, and Emmanuel Abraham, "Three-dimensional terahertz computed tomography of human bones," Appl. Opt. 51, 6738-6744 (2012)

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