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Optimizing filtered backprojection reconstruction for a breast tomosynthesis prototype device
Author(s): Thomas Mertelmeier; Jasmina Orman; Wolfgang Haerer; Mithun K. Dudam
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Paper Abstract

Digital breast tomosynthesis is a new technique intended to overcome the limitations of conventional projection mammography by reconstructing slices through the breast from projection views acquired from different angles with respect to the breast. We formulate a general theory of filtered backprojection reconstruction for linear tomosynthesis. The filtering step consists of an MTF inversion filter, a spectral filter, and a slice thickness filter. In this paper the method is applied first to simulated data to understand the basic effects of the various filtering steps. We then demonstrate the impact of the filter functions with simulated projections and with clinical data acquired with a research breast tomosynthesis system.** With this reconstruction method the image quality can be controlled regarding noise and spatial resolution. In a wide range of spatial frequencies the slice thickness can be kept constant and artifacts caused by the incompleteness of the data can be suppressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6142, Medical Imaging 2006: Physics of Medical Imaging, 61420F (2 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.651380
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas Mertelmeier, Siemens Medical Solutions (Germany)
Jasmina Orman, Siemens Medical Solutions (Germany)
Wolfgang Haerer, Siemens Medical Solutions (Germany)
Mithun K. Dudam, Siemens Medical Solutions (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6142:
Medical Imaging 2006: Physics of Medical Imaging
Michael J. Flynn; Jiang Hsieh, Editor(s)

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