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FLUXEN portable equipment for direct X-ray spectra measurements

  • Autori: Aiello, S.; Bottigli, U.; Fauci, F.; Golosio, B.; LO PRESTI, D.; Masala, G.; Oliva, P.; Raso, G.; Stumbo, S.; Tangaro, S.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2004
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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The proper use of imaging equipment in radiological units is based on an appropriate knowledge of the physical characteristics of the X-ray beam used. The FLUXEN PROJECT is working on a portable apparatus which, together with dedicated software, is able to perform an exact spectral reconstruction of the radiation produced in diagnostic X-ray tubes. The apparatus characterizes the energy spectrum of radiological tubes and also provides a measurement of the emitted flux. The acquisition system is based on a commercial CZT detector (3×3×2mm3), produced by AMPTEK, cooled by a Peltier cell, with a high efficiency in the diagnostic X-ray energy range and modified in the shaping electronics so as to obtain a faster response. The acquiring section lies on a NuDAQ I/O card with a sampling frequency of up to 20MHz. The signal produced by the X-ray tube is wholly acquired and an off-line analysis is made so as to make possible an accurate recognition of pile-up events and a reconstruction of the emitted spectra. The reconstructed spectra of a General Electric Senographe DMR mammographic X-ray tube are shown.