7th EFOMP-EUTEMPE Didactic Webinar & Masterclass

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2021 11:19, Category: EFOMP Announcements

The 7th EFOMP-EUTEMPE didactic webinar will take place Tuesday May 11th 

Webinar: "Beyond X-ray tubes: Innovation in radiological imaging with monochromatic sources" 

Speaker: Paolo Cardarelli

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2794056273403676942 


X-ray tube technology dates back over a century. Significant progress has been made on the engineering, yet the basic operating principle has remained unchanged. The hot cathode X-ray tube, with its polychromatic spectrum of radiation emission, is still the workhorse for clinical radiography and research in any X-ray lab around the world.

In this webinar we will briefly introduce the innovation in X-ray imaging through the application of monochromatic sources, as well as their advantages over conventional X-ray tubes.

We will then discuss and compare the characteristics and limitations of various sources, from the reliable and compact X-ray tube to the powerful monochromatic emission available at synchrotron facilities. Finally, we will present the future of X-ray sources based on laser-electron interaction: inverse Compton sources.


The Masterclass will take place Tuesday May 25th 

Masterclass: "Emerging technologies and challenges for future radiological applications"

Speakers: Angelo Taibi and Paolo Cardarelli

Presently, monochromatic X-ray sources of high intensity are available only in large accelerator facilities where cost and size prevent their use in the clinical setting. However, several studies have recently shown that, in the near future, compact sources could be installed in specialized centres so as to exploit the advantages of monochromatic radiation in terms of image-quality and dose. Innovation by using energy-sensitive photon counting detectors also shows great promise, since these novel recording systems have the potential to improve image contrast and noise performance.

Moreover, both technologies allow for further improvements of the diagnostic information, thanks to  signal-to-noise ratio optimization, anatomical background subtraction or quantitative analysis of object constituents, thus leading to the so-called spectral imaging.

After an introduction of such emerging technologies, clinical applications of dual-energy (multi-energy) imaging in both CT and projection radiography will be discussed, together with current limitations and challenges.



Paolo Cardarelli is a researcher for the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) at the Ferrara Division, Italy. His research activity is focused on innovative X-ray sources for medical applications, in particular in the field of X-ray imaging.  He is currently the PI of MariX_rad project, a research initiative aimed at the study and preliminary test of multi-energy imaging using X-rays from inverse Compton sources.  He teaches “Radiation Physics for medical applications”

in the Physics Master’s Degree course, University of Ferrara. He is currently co-leader of the EUTEMPE-MPE04 module “Advanced diagnostic and interventional radiology: emerging technologies and challenges”.



Angelo Taibi is Associate Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. His expertise covers various aspects of the physics of diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and biophysics of blood circulation. Recently, he has been involved in scientific projects concerning the advanced applications of digital mammography such as dual-energy and tomosynthesis, also as scientific consultant of women's healthcare companies.

His publications include more than 100 papers on peer-reviewed journals. He also contributed to four scientific books. He is currently co-leader of the EUTEMPE-MPE04 module “Advanced diagnostic and interventional radiology: emerging technologies and challenges”.