Containing chapter contributions from over 130 experts, this unique publication is the first handbook dedicated to the physics and technology of X-ray imaging, offering extensive coverage of the field. This highly comprehensive work is edited by one of the world’s leading experts in X-ray imaging physics and technology and has been created with guidance from a Scientific Board containing respected and renowned scientists from around the world.

The book's scope includes 2D and 3D X-ray imaging techniques from soft-X-ray to megavoltage energies, including computed tomography, fluoroscopy, dental imaging and small animal imaging, with several chapters dedicated to breast imaging techniques. 2D and 3D industrial imaging is incorporated, including imaging of artworks. Specific attention is dedicated to techniques of phase contrast X-ray imaging.

The approach undertaken is one that illustrates the theory as well as the techniques and the devices routinely used in the various fields. Computational aspects are fully covered, including 3D reconstruction algorithms, hard/software phantoms, and computer-aided diagnosis. Theories of image quality are fully illustrated. Historical, radioprotection, radiation dosimetry, quality assurance and educational aspects are also covered.

This handbook will be suitable for a very broad audience, including graduate students in medical physics and biomedical engineering; medical physics residents; radiographers; physicists and engineers in the field of imaging and non-destructive industrial testing using X-rays; and scientists interested in understanding and using X-ray imaging techniques.

The handbook's editor, Dr. Paolo Russo, has over 30 years’ experience in the academic teaching of medical physics and X-ray imaging research. He has authored several book chapters in the field of X-ray imaging, is Editor-in-Chief of an international scientific journal in medical physics, and has responsibilities in the publication committees of international scientific organizations in medical physics.


  • Comprehensive coverage of the use of X-rays both in medical radiology and industrial testing
  • The first handbook published to be dedicated to the physics and technology of X-rays
  • Handbook edited by world authority, with contributions from experts in each field

part I|324 pages

Basic Physical and Technological Aspects

chapter 2|40 pages

X-ray Tube Physics and Technology

chapter 3|12 pages

X-ray Generators

chapter 7|16 pages

History of X-ray Tubes

chapter 9|10 pages

X-ray Shutters

chapter 10|18 pages

Calculation of X-ray Spectra

chapter 12|20 pages

Computed Radiography

chapter 14|14 pages

Image Quality

part II|310 pages

X-ray Radiography and Fluoroscopy

chapter 18|24 pages

History of Radiology

chapter 19|22 pages

Digital Mammography

chapter 22|44 pages

Dental Radiography

chapter 26|28 pages

Clinical Radiographic Units

chapter 27|18 pages

Clinical Fluoroscopy Units

chapter 30|24 pages

Industrial Radiography

chapter 31|16 pages

Forensic Radiology

part III|334 pages

X-ray Computed Tomography

chapter 35|36 pages

X-ray Cone Beam Computed Tomography

chapter |1 pages

Historical Image Gallery

part IV|398 pages

Phase-Contrast X-ray Imaging and Other Aspects

chapter 61|10 pages

Databases for Mammography