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Development of a benchtop photon counting cone-beam CT system with a translate-rotate geometry
Author(s): A. M. Bader; A. Makeev; S. J. Glick; B. Ghammraoui
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Paper Abstract

X-ray photon counting is a novel imaging technology gaining increasing academic and industrial interest due to its potential for high-resolution computed tomography (CT) and spectral CT. These photon-counting detector systems could have numerous benefits in medical imaging because they provide a substantial increase in the amount of available raw imaging information (e.g., multi-energy information). However, new algorithms are needed for using this information to increase the accuracy of diagnostic decisions. In this work, we focused on addressing technical challenges to consider when designing and building a laboratory benchtop for photon counting CT systems. We developed a photon counting cone-beam CT system containing a photon counting detector with a small detective area based on a translate-rotate geometry and a step-and-shoot acquisition mode. To control and synchronize the CT system components, we developed a desktop computer program with a user-friendly graphical user interface. Furthermore, we established a fully automated method for estimating some of the parameters that describe the geometry of the cone-beam CT system. This method is based on an iterative optimization technique in which the reconstructed image of a small sphere is evaluated to find the required geometrical parameters for better image reconstruction. Finally, we used images reconstructed from different scans to confirm the methodology used in the study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2020
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11312, Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging, 113124Y (16 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2548380
Show Author Affiliations
A. M. Bader, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)
Colorado Univ. (United States)
A. Makeev, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)
S. J. Glick, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)
B. Ghammraoui, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11312:
Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging
Guang-Hong Chen; Hilde Bosmans, Editor(s)

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