Abstract

Speckle-based x-ray phase-contrast imaging has drawn increasing interest in recent years as a simple, multimodal, cost-efficient, and laboratory-source adaptable method. We investigate its noise properties to help further optimization on the method and further comparison with other phase-contrast methods. An analytical model for assessing noise in a differential phase signal is adapted from studies on the digital image correlation technique in experimental mechanics and is supported by simulations and experiments. The model indicates that the noise of the differential phase signal from speckle-based imaging has a behavior similar to that of the grating-based method.

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