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Sinogram restoration of dual focal spot CT data
Author(s): Peter Forthmann; Thomas Köhler; Philipp Begemann; Michel Defrise
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Paper Abstract

The raw data generated by a computed tomography (CT) machine are not readily usable for reconstruction. This is the result of various system non-idealities, and although the deterministic nature of corruption effects like crosstalk and afterglow permits removal through deconvolution, there is the drawback that deconvolution increases noise. Methods that perform raw data correction combined with noise suppression are commonly termed sinogram restoration methods. The need for sinogram restoration arises, for example, when photon counts are low and non-statistical reconstruction algorithms like filtered backprojection are used. Many modern CT machines offer a so-called dual focal spot (DFS) mode, which serves the goal of increased radial sampling by switching the focal spot between two positions on the anode plate during the scan. Although the focal spot mode does not play a role with respect to how the data are affected by the above mentioned corruption effects, it needs to be taken into account, if regularized sinogram restoration is to be applied to the data. This work points out the subtle difference in processing that sinogram restoration for DFS requires, how it is correctly employed within the penalized maximum likelihood sinogram restoration algorithm, and what impact that has on image quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6510, Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging, 65101Y (13 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.705374
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Forthmann, Philips Research Europe, Hamburg (Germany)
Thomas Köhler, Philips Research Europe, Hamburg (Germany)
Philipp Begemann, Univ. Medical Ctr. Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany)
Michel Defrise, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6510:
Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging
Jiang Hsieh; Michael J. Flynn, Editor(s)

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