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X-ray tube. Dr. Roentgen used a Crookes-Hittorf tube to make the first x-ray image. There was no shielding so x-rays were emitted in all directions. The X-Ray Tube Development. This is the variety of tube designs available in 1948.

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Dr. Roentgen used a Crookes-Hittorf tube to make the first x-ray image.

There was no shielding so x-rays were emitted in all directions.

The X-Ray Tube Development

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This is the variety of tube designs available in 1948. x-ray image.

The Coolidge tube , the first to use a heated filament to obtain electrons was still available.

The X-Ray Tube Development

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Two major hazards plagued early radiography. x-ray image.

Excessive radiation exposure

Electric Shock

Moderns tubes are designed to overcome these problems

The modern tube is based on the Coolidge tube

The X-Ray Tube Development

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This is a modern rotating anode x-ray tube. x-ray image.

It is encased completely in a metal protective housing.

The housing provide electrical and radiation safety

The X-Ray Tube Development

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There are two principle parts: x-ray image.

The rotating anode

The cathode

Any tube that has two electrodes is called a diode.

Inside the tube is a high vacuum

The Modern X-ray Tube

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The tube is housed in a lead lined metal protective housing. x-ray image.

The x-ray photons are generated isotropically or in all directions.

The housing is designed to limit the beam to window.

Protective Housing

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The housing is designed to minimize the radiation outside the port

The tube can not have more than 100 mR at 1 m (26 µ C/kg) / Hour when operated at its maximum output.

Protective Housing-leakage radiation

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The housing also provide mechanical support and protection from damage.

On some tubes, the housing also contains oil that provides more insulation and a thermal cushion.

Never hold the tube during an exposure.

Never use the cables or terminals as handles.

Protective Housing – prevent damage

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The housing incorporates specially designed high voltage receptacles to protect against electrical shock.

Some housing have a fan for cooling.

Protective Housing- supply of high voltage

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The glass envelope is made of Pyrex to withstand the tremendous heat produced during x-ray.

The window is a 5 cm square with a thin section of glass where the useful beam is emitted.

The X-Ray Tube Glass Envelope

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The cathode is the negative side of the tube and contains two primary parts:

The filaments

The focusing cup

The Cathode

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Most tube have two filaments which provide a large focal area and a small focal area

Two foci provide the choice of quick exposures or high resolution.

The filaments are made of thoriated tungsten.

The Filaments

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Tungsten is used in x-ray tube filaments because of it’s area and a small focal area

High melting point of 3410°C.

Comparaivelly Low work function (emits electrons at lower temperatures )

High tensile strength

Flexibility to be turned to a thin spiral

Electrons are produced by thermionic emission when a 4 A or higher current is applied.

The Filaments

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Focusing Cup area and a small focal area

  • This is made of nickel and it houses the filaments

  • The focusing cup has a negative charge so that it can condense the electron beam to a small area of the anode.

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Filament Current area and a small focal area

  • The current that flows through the Filament is called the filament current

  • This is resulted from applying a low voltage across the filament

  • When the x-ray machine is turned on, a low current flows through the the filament to warm it and prepare it for the big thermal jolt necessary for x-ray production.

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Filament Current area and a small focal area

  • When the machine is ‘stand by’, the filament is not hot enough for thermionic emission.

  • So, it is boosted to a higher value just before the exposure

  • Once the current is high enough for thermionic emission electrons are emitted from the filament

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X-ray tube current area and a small focal area

  • This is the current that flows across the x-ray tube (flowing electrons from filament to anode)

  • This is resulted when the high potential difference (kV) is applied across the tube & if emitted electrons are available at the filament

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Filament Current & Tube Current area and a small focal area

  • The x-ray tube current is adjusted by controlling the filament current.

  • A small rise in filament current will result in a large rise in tube current.

  • The relationship between tube and filament current is dependent upon the tube voltage.

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When emitted by the filament, the electrons form a cloud near the filament momentarily before being accelerated to the anode. This is called a space charge.

Space Charge

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It prevents further emission of electrons and hence limit the tube current for a particular anode voltage (kV).

Because of that the tube current (mA) increases when the anode voltage (kV) is increased

This is against the basic requirement in radiography ; which requires independent varaition of kV and mA

Space Charge Effect

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At the tube current for a particular anode voltage (kV).veryhigh mA and very low kVp, the thermionic emission can be space charge limited.

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The highest tube current for a given filament current is called the saturation current

After saturation the tube current is independent of the kV

Above 1000 mA space charge limited exposure can be a major problem.

Saturation Current

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The anode is the positive side of the tube. called the

X-ray tubes are classified by the type of anode:

Stationary ( top)

Rotating (bottom)

The Anode

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Stationary anodes are used in dental x-ray and some portable x-ray machine where high tube current and power are not required.

Tube output is low


15 mA

Long exposure times over 100ms

Larger focal spots –low resolution

Heat is confined to a small area

The Stationary Anode

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The Rotating Anode x-ray machine where high tube current and power are not required.

  • The Rotating Anodes are used for all the other applications where high tube out put and high tube rationgs are required

    • 125 – 150 kVp

    • 25 – 1200 mA

    • Short exposure times upto less than 1ms

  • Smaller focal spots with high ratings – high resolution

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The rotating anode allows the electron beam to interact with a much larger apparent target area.

The heat is not confined to a small area.

The Rotating Anode

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The anode serves three major functions: a much larger

Receives the electrons emitted from the cathode.

It is a electrical conductor.

Mechanical support for the target.

The functions of Rotating Anode

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The Anode must also be a good thermal conductor. a much larger

When the electron beam strikes the anode more than 99% of the kinetic energy is converted to heat.

The Rotating Anode

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Tungsten-rhenium is used as the target for the electron beam.

Tungsten is used for three reasons

High atomic number

Heat conductivity

High melting point..

Rhenium is used to increase the surface properties to minimise the pitting and cracking of the target

The Target

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When the exposure button is depressed, current is applied to the tube that produces a magnetic field that starts the rotation of the anode.

The rotor is the rotating part of an electromagnetic induction motor.

It spins at 3000/3400 rpm.

High speed anodes spin at 9,000/10,000 rpm.

The Rotating Anode - speed

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When the anode is spinning at the correct speed, the exposure can be made.

After the exposure is completed, it slows by reversing the motor.

This is necessary to avoid excessive wear and tear of the bearings

Breaking The Rotating Anode

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Even with the anode rotating, some melting occurs. exposure can be made.

The heat must be rapidly dissipated from the target.

Molybdenum and copper are used to rapidly transfer the heat from the target.

The anode dissipates heat by radiating towards the glass envelop

Dissipation of heat from the target

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The anode stem exposure can be made.

  • The anode stem is made from molybdenum

  • It is made appropriately thin as to minimize the heat conduction towards the rotor

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Tube cooling exposure can be made.

  • The x-ray tube uses all three forms of cooling.

    • Radiation

    • Conduction

    • Convection

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END exposure can be made.