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CEA-Leti has developed a new spectrometric imaging detector that can clearly distinguish breast tumor tissue from healthy tissue in mice at a glance.
Standard X-ray imaging produces images of tissue with spatial resolution. However, the technique only provides information about tissue density, not on type. This is because X-ray imaging measures the attenuation of the X-rays transmitted; it does not take into account diffused X-rays, which can provide very specific information about tissue structure. X-ray diffraction imaging is a powerful non-invasive technique to identify and characterize different materials by their molecular signature.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.