A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has, for the first time, produced dark-field X-ray images of patients infected with the corona virus. In contrast to conventional X-ray images, dark-field images visualize the microstructure of the lung tissue, thereby providing additional information. This approach has the potential to provide an alternative to computed tomography (CT), which requires a significantly higher radiation dose.
Dark-field chest X-ray is a new X-ray technology developed by Prof. Franz Pfeiffer. Daniela Pfeiffer, TUM-IAS Albrecht Stuppler Fellow was also involved in this project, which will use artificial intelligence to support the evaluation process in the next step.