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An efficient scatter correction algorithm based on pre-reconstructed images of contrast enhancement and sparse-viewed Monte Carlo simulation
Author(s): Hao Yan; Xuanqin Mou
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Paper Abstract

X-ray scatter is a major degrading factor in x-ray cone beam (CB) CT imaging. In the scatter corrections by using Monte Carlo (MC) simulation, the initial MC modeling is not accurate based on the scatter-polluted volume images, thus the correction has to be performed iteratively, which is one of the reasons that MC based correction is computational demanding. In this paper, we found a relationship that the ratio of IS (scatter) to IP+S (primary plus scatter) can be approximated by the weighted data in Radon space. On this basis, we develop a strategy called Projection Contrast Enhancement based Pre-Correction (PCEPC). PCEPC is efficient, achieving a scatter pre-correction with enhanced image Quality (Q) of ~0.7 (Q=1 for scatter-free images; Q=0 for scatter-contaminated images without correction). By using the results of PCEPC, more accurate MC modeling on the scanned object is feasible with less iterations or even in a non-iterative way, namely as the PCEPC-MC method. An exemplary non-iterative PCEPC-MC is implemented, in which the scatter fluence of eighteen views equally distributed over 2π is simulated by MC toolkit EGSnrc, enhancing the Q further to ~0.8.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7961, Medical Imaging 2011: Physics of Medical Imaging, 796136 (16 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877551
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Hao Yan, Xi'an Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Xuanqin Mou, Xi'an Jiaotong Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7961:
Medical Imaging 2011: Physics of Medical Imaging
Norbert J. Pelc; Ehsan Samei; Robert M. Nishikawa, Editor(s)

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