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Windmill artifact in multislice helical CT
Author(s): Michael D. Silver; Katsuyuki Taguchi; Ilmar A. Hein; BeShan Chiang; Masahiro Kazama; Issei Mori
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Paper Abstract

Multi-slice helical CT-systems suffer from windmill artifacts: black/white patterns that spin off of features with high longitudinal gradients. The number of black/white pairs matches the number of slices (detector rows) in the multi-slive detector. The period of spin is the same as the helical pitch. We investigate the cause of the pattern by following the traces of selected voxels through the multi-slive detector array as a function of view position. This forms an "extracted sinogram" which represents the data used to reconstruct the specific voxel. Now we can determine the cause of the artifact by correlating the windmill streak in the image with the extracted data. The investigation shows that inadequate sampling along the longitudinal direction causes the artifact.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5032, Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing, (15 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.483585
Show Author Affiliations
Michael D. Silver, Bio-Imaging Research, Inc. (United States)
Katsuyuki Taguchi, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)
Ilmar A. Hein, Bio-Imaging Research, Inc. (United States)
BeShan Chiang, Bio-Imaging Research, Inc. (United States)
Masahiro Kazama, Toshiba Corp. (Japan)
Issei Mori, Toshiba Medical Engineering Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5032:
Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Editor(s)

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