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Coupling the use of anti-scatter grid with analytical scatter estimation in cone beam CT
Author(s): J. Rinkel; L. Gerfault; F. Estève; J.-M. Dinten
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Paper Abstract

Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) enables three-dimensional imaging with isotropic resolution. X-ray scatter estimation is a big challenge for quantitative CBCT imaging: even in the presence of anti-scatter grid, the scatter level is significantly higher on cone beam systems compared to collimated fan beam systems. The effects of this scattered radiation include cupping artifacts, streaks, and quantification inaccuracies. In this paper, a scatter management process for tomographic projections, without supplementary on-line acquisition, is presented. The scattered radiation is corrected using a method based on scatter calibration through off-line acquisitions. This is combined with on-line analytical transformation based on physical equations, to perform an estimation adapted to the object observed. This approach has been previously applied to a system without anti-scatter grid. The focus of this paper is to show how to combine this approach with an anti-scatter grid. First, the interest of the grid is evaluated in terms of noise to signal ratio and scatter rejection. Then, the method of scatter correction is evaluated by testing it on an anthropomorphic phantom of thorax. The reconstructed volume of the phantom is compared to that obtained with a strongly collimated conventional multi-slice CT scanner. The new method provides results that closely agree with the conventional CT scanner, eliminating cupping artifacts and significantly improving quantification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6510, Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging, 65102E (14 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.706486
Show Author Affiliations
J. Rinkel, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)
L. Gerfault, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)
F. Estève, INSERM (France)
J.-M. Dinten, CEA-LETI MINATEC (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6510:
Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging
Jiang Hsieh; Michael J. Flynn, Editor(s)

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