Validation of an image simulation technique for two computed radiography systems: An application to neonatal imaging

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Validation of an image simulation technique for two computed radiography systems: An application to neonatal imaging. / Smans, Kristien; Vandenbourcke, Dirk; Pauwels, Herman; Struelens, Lara; Vanhavere, Filip; Bosmans, Hilde.

In: Medical Physics, Vol. 37, No. 5, 21.04.2010, p. 2092-2100.

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Smans, Kristien ; Vandenbourcke, Dirk ; Pauwels, Herman ; Struelens, Lara ; Vanhavere, Filip ; Bosmans, Hilde. / Validation of an image simulation technique for two computed radiography systems: An application to neonatal imaging. In: Medical Physics. 2010 ; Vol. 37, No. 5. pp. 2092-2100.

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