New X-ray technology first used with patients

Dark-field X-ray technology improves diagnosis of pulmonary ailments

Prof. Franz Pfeiffer and his team have tested the dark-field X-ray technique in a clinical study. Image: A. Heddergott / TUM

For the first time, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have successfully used a new X-ray method for respiratory diagnostics with patients. Dark-field X-rays visualize early changes in the alveolar structure caused by the lung disease COPD and require only one fiftieth of the radiation dose typically applied in X-ray computed tomography. This permits broad medical application in early detection and treatment follow-up of respiratory ailments.

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