Integrated multi-mode mammography/tomosynthesis x-ray system and method

  • US 7,869,563 B2
  • Filed: 11/23/2005
  • Issued: 01/11/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/26/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for multi-mode breast x-ray imaging, comprising:

  • an x-ray image receptor;

    an x-ray tube assembly selectively emitting an x-ray beam directed toward the x-ray image receptor; and

    a breast immobilizer between the x-ray tube assembly and the x-ray image receptor,wherein said x-ray tube assembly and said x-ray image receptor are supported and configured for movement according to a plurality of imaging protocols and modes, including a protocol and mode in which the x-ray tube assembly moves along a curved path through one angle relative to the breast immobilizer and the x-ray image receptor concurrently moves through a different angle, in angular extent, relative to the breast immobilizer.

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