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Radiographic equalization using computer-controlled filter wheels
Author(s): John M. Boone
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Paper Abstract

Equalization is advantageous in some radiographic applications in order to reduce the dynamic range of the x-ray signal incident on the detector. A technique is discussed which employs several filter wheels, which are radio-transparent wheels mounted near the x-ray tube which can be rotated under computer control. The wheels are designed to contain complex patterns of attenuator material on the annular region of each wheel which intersects the x-ray beam. Rotation of the wheels changes the attenuator pattern presented to the x-ray beam, and therefore this system is capable of regional exposure compensation. The use of multiple filter wheels provides a large selection of compensation patterns, for example, an 8 wheel system with 30 patterns per wheel would allow 1011 patterns. Two different design strategies are discussed, one aimed at digital subtraction angiography, and another at chest equalization. Clinical data bases of 191 DSA images and 250 chest radiographs were employed with computer simulation to evaluate the potential of the filter wheel equalization technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1653, Medical Imaging VI: Image Capture, Formatting, and Display, (1 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.59485
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John M. Boone, Thomas Jefferson Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1653:
Medical Imaging VI: Image Capture, Formatting, and Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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