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Three-dimensional imaging using low-end C-arm systems
Author(s): Joern Luetjens; Reiner Koppe; Erhard Klotz; Michael Grass; Volker Rasche
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Paper Abstract

During the last years, three-dimensional X-ray imaging has become a well-established imaging modality, setting the golden standard for spatial resolution in three-dimensional X-ray imaging. Firstly introduced on a motorized C-arm system, it gained benefit from the high spatial resolution of the image intensifier. Using cone-beam reconstruction, it provided fast access to truly three-dimensional imaging with isotropic voxel dimensions. However, the non-rigid mechanics and the image distortion in the image intensifier required dedicated calibration processes and obligated the developers to use the most stable and reliable system in the C-arm device family. The need for system calibration also required the system to be able to reproducibly adjust the C-arm to the pre-calibrated positions, which seemed only possible with the motorized movement of a high-end system. On mobile, non-motorized C-arm systems, which are often used for guiding surgical procedures, however, 3D application has not been feasible due to the non-reproducibility of the mechanical movement. In this paper, first results regarding the feasibility of this approach are presented. The data were acquired on a Philips BV 26 surgical C-arm. This device is fully movable. The C arc is adjusted manually.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4684, Medical Imaging 2002: Image Processing, (9 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467239
Show Author Affiliations
Joern Luetjens, Philips Research Labs and Univ. of Surrey (Germany)
Reiner Koppe, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Erhard Klotz, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Michael Grass, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Volker Rasche, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4684:
Medical Imaging 2002: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Editor(s)

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