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Spectral modulator with flying focal spot for cone-beam CT: a feasibility study
Author(s): Hewei Gao; Hao Zhou; Lei Zhu; Norbert Pelc; Robert Bennett; Adam Wang
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Paper Abstract

We present a new concept of full-scale cone-beam computed tomography (CT) spectral imaging with simultaneous scatter correction capability using a spectral modulator and flying focal spot technology. The design of the spectral modulator and the utilization of flying focal spot are investigated, revealing the feasibility of using the flying focal spot to improve the spectral data sampling for a stationary modulator. Based on our analytical analysis, with the flying focal spot, the spectral projection ray misalignment can be reduced by a factor of more than 8. For modulator design, common materials such as Cu, ZnSe, Mo, Ag and Sn could be good candidates for better energy separation at a given attenuation of photon flux. A proof-of-concept study of a Catphan600 phantom and an anthropomorphic chest phantom was conducted on a tabletop cone-beam CT system using a copper modulator and by moving the X-ray tube position by 1.24 mm in the X and Z directions to mimic the flying focal spot. We found the low and high energy rays were well aligned, while the scatter distribution remained constant between the flying focal spot positions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2020
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11312, Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging, 113121P (16 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2548954
Show Author Affiliations
Hewei Gao, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Hao Zhou, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Lei Zhu, Yofo Medical Technology (China)
Norbert Pelc, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Robert Bennett, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Adam Wang, Stanford Univ. (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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