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Segmentation-aided adaptive filtering for metal artifact reduction in radio-therapeutic CT images
Author(s): Celine Saint Olive; Michael R. Kaus; Vladimir Pekar; Kai Eck; Lothar Spies
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Paper Abstract

In CT imaging, high absorbing objects such as metal bodies may cause significant artifacts, which may, for example, result in dose inaccuracies in the radiation therapy planning process. In this work, we aim at reducing the local and global image artifact, in order to improve the overall dose accuracy. The key part f this approach is the correction of the original projection data in those regions, which feature defects caused by rays traversing the high attenuating objects in the patient. The affected regions are substituted by model data derived from the original tomogram deploying a segmentation method. Phantom and climnical studies demonstrate that the proposed method significantly reduces the overall artifacts while preserving the information content of the image as much as possible. The image quality improvements were quantified by determining the signal-to-noise ratio, the artifact level and the modulation transfer function. The proposed method is computationally efficient and can easily be integrated into commercial CT scanners and radiation therapy planning software.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5370, Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing, (12 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.535346
Show Author Affiliations
Celine Saint Olive, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Michael R. Kaus, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Vladimir Pekar, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Kai Eck, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)
Lothar Spies, Philips Research Labs. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5370:
Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing
J. Michael Fitzpatrick; Milan Sonka, Editor(s)

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