Patent Number: 6,252,925

Title: System and method for performing computed tomography with fiber waveguides

Abstract: A system and method for performing computed tomography without having to use a complicated mechanical device to move an x-ray source about an object being scanned. Instead, this invention uses flexible waveguides such as optical fibers to direct the x-ray beams generated from the x-ray source. The waveguides direct the x-ray beam to the object at predetermined orientations and distances. A multiplexing unit optically coupled to the x-ray source and the waveguide, steers the x-ray energy from the x-ray energy source to the waveguide.

Inventors: Wang; Weiping (Schenectady, NY), Johnson; Christopher Donald (Clifton Park, NY)

Assignee: General Electric Company

International Classification: G01N 23/04 (20060101); G01N 23/02 (20060101); G01N 023/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018