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The SYRMEP (SYnchrotron Radiation for MEdical Physics) beamline has been designed by Sincrotrone Trieste, in collaboration with the University of Trieste and the INFN, for research in medical diagnostic radiology, material science and life science applications. The use of monochromatic and laminar-shaped beams allows, in principle, an improvement of the clinical quality of images and a reduction of adsorbed dose (because of both monochromaticity and scatter reduction). Moreover, the spatial coherence of the SYRMEP source is used to overcome the poor absorption contrast of many biological samples, by the use of phase-contrast techniques.
A large number of different microimaging and microtomography experiments can be performed in different fields of material science (such as geology, vulcanology, cultural heritage and agrifood technology) and life science.

The light source is a bending magnet.

The beamline can work in monochromatic or white-beam configuration.

Research highlights

Quantitative analysis of X-ray microCT images of geomaterials.

X-ray  computed  microtomography  is  an excellent tool for the three-dimensional analysis of rock microstructure.
   D. Zandomeneghi et. al. Geosphere; December 2010; v. 6; no. 6;

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Advancements towards the implementation of clinical phase-contrast breast computed tomography at Elettra

   R. Longo et al., ”Advancements toward the implementation of clinical phase-contrast breast computed tomography at Elettra”, J. Synchrotron Rad. 26, 1343-53 (2019); doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519005502

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Physicists & chemists ally to bring back the forgotten secrets of ancient violin-makers

   G. Fiocco et al., ”Synchrotron radiation micro-computed tomography for the investigation of finishing treatments in historical bowed string instruments: issues and perspectives”, European Physical Journal Plus. 133, 525-34 (2018); doi.org/10.1140/epjp/i2018-12366-5

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Quantifying the cellular damage in plants by X-rays overdose

   F. Petruzzellis et al., “The pitfalls of in vivo imaging techniques: evidence for cellular damage caused by synchrotron X‐ray computed micro‐tomography”, New Phytologist, 220, 104 (2018) DOI:10.1111/nph.15368

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The teeth of a prehistoric fetus give us information about the last months of a mother and child, who lived 27.000 years BP

  In this study, synchrotron and laboratory X-ray computed microtomography were combined to study the teeth of a fetus found in the pelvic area of the skeleton of a young girl. The fossil records were discovered in the “Ostuni 1” burial site (Puglia, Italy) and dated back over 27,000 years.

A. Nava et. al; Scientific Reports, 7(2017) 9427. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-09773-2

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Towards synchrotron phase-contrast lung imaging in patients

   W.L. Wagner et al., "Towards synchrotron phase-contrast lung imaging in patients – a proof-of-concept study on porcine lungs in a human-scale chest phantom", J. Synchrotron Rad. 25, 1 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577518013401  

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Monochromatic beam

The optics is based on a double-crystal Si (111) monochromator which works in an energy range between 8 keV and 40 keV. The beamline provides at a distance of about 20 m from the source, a monochromatic or white, laminar-section X-ray beam with a maximum area of 120x4 mm2.
The horizontal acceptance covered by the light-port of the front-end is 7 mrad.
The available imaging techniques of the SYRMEP beamline are conventional absorption radiology and tomography, phase contrast imaging, diffraction enhanced imaging.

Proposal Submission

We invite users and collaborators to discuss thier proposals with the beamline local contacts well in advance before the submission deadline. This is a crucial step for a careful assesment of the experiment feasibility and may lead to improvements in the proposed experimental plan. In a restricted number of cases, when doubts arise about the suitability of your samples,  it may be possible for you to arrange a feasibility test. For more info, please visit the Info for users page

Call for proposals

The deadline for proposal submission for beamtime allocation from January 1st to June 30th, 2020 will be September 16th, 2019.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2019 14:41