Upcoming EUTEMPE-EFOMP webinar: Tuesday, 12:00 – 13.00 CEST

Upcoming EUTEMPE-EFOMP webinar: Tuesday, 12:00 – 13.00 CEST


Dear friend and colleague,


The upcoming EUTEMPE-EFOMP webinar of May 11, 2021,  is entitled: “Beyond X-ray tubes: Innovation in radiological imaging with monochromatic sources”.

Presenter is Paolo Cardarelli, PhD.


Attending the webinar is for free, but you have to register in advance. Registration:


X-ray tube technology dates back from the 19th 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 future X-ray sources based on laser-electron interactions, the so-called inverse Compton sources.


Paolo Cardarelli is a researcher for the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics in Ferrara, Italy. His research is focused on innovative X-ray sources for medical applications, in particular in the field of X-ray imaging. He’s currently the PI of MariX_rad research project, 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, University of Ferrara.



The webinar is followed by a EUTEMPE-EFOMP MASTERCLASS, May 25, 2021, entitled “Emerging technologies and challenges for future radiological applications”

Lead: 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.

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 these 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.



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 & biophysics of blood circulation. Recently, he’s been involved in scientific projects concerning the advanced applications of digital mammography such as dual-energy and tomosynthesis, and is scientific consultant of women’s healthcare companies. His publications include more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also contributed to four scientific books.



The link to register for the MASTERCLASS will be available after the webinar. Save the date already !

Recordings of our webinars can be found in the IAM section of


Prof. Angelo Taibi and Paolo Cardarelli lead module 4 of the EUTEMPE-RX series, “Advanced Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Emerging Technologies and Challenges”. At that occasion, they welcome you to Ferrara in Italy. The module may be organized online (to be decided). Our course schedules will be updated when possible.



Best regards,


Prof. Hilde Bosmans

Medical Physics Expert in the University Hospital of Leuven

Coordinator of the EUTEMPE-net

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