Attenuation characteristics of fiberoptic plates for digital mammography and other X-ray imaging applications

Srinivasan Vedantham, Andrew Karellas, Sankararaman Suryanarayanan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Spatially coherent fiberoptic plates are important components of some charge-coupled device (CCD)-based x-ray imaging systems. These plates efficiently transmit scintillations from the phosphor, and also filter out x-rays not absorbed by the phosphor, thus protecting the CCD from direct x-ray interaction. The thickness of the fiberoptic plate and the CCD package present a significant challenge in the design of a digital x-ray cassette capable of insertion into the existing film-screen cassette holders of digital mammography systems. This study was performed with an aim to optimize fiberoptic plate thickness. Attenuation measurements were performed on nine fiberoptic plates varying in material composition that exhibit desirable optical characteristics such as good coupling efficiency. Mammographic spectra from a clinical mammographic system and an Americium-241 (Am-241) source (59.54 KeV) were used. The spectra were recorded with a high-resolution cadmium zinc telluride (CZT)-based spectrometer and corrected for dead time and pile-up. The linear attenuation coefficients varied by a factor of 3 in the set of tested fiberoptic plates at both mammographic energies and 59.54 keV. Our results suggest that a 3-mm thick high-absorption plate might provide adequate for shielding at mammographic energies. A thickness of 2-mm is feasible for mammographic applications with further optimization of the fiberoptic plate composition by incorporating non-scintillating, high-atomic number material. This would allow more space for cooling components of the cassette and for a more compact device, which is critical for clinical implementation of the technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-230
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of X-Ray Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Attenuation coefficient
  • Charge coupled devices (CCDs)
  • Digital cassette
  • Fiberoptic plates
  • X-ray imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Attenuation characteristics of fiberoptic plates for digital mammography and other X-ray imaging applications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this