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Pre-calculation of the image quality of the simultaneous iterative reconstruction technique
Author(s): Holger Kunze; Wolfgang Härer; Karl Stierstorfer
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Paper Abstract

Iterative reconstruction methods possess many advantages over analytical reconstruction methods especially if constraints can be used to regularize the reconstruction. However the main problem of iterative reconstruction algorithms is to decide when to stop the iteration. For the Simultaneous Iterative Reconstruction Technique (SIRT) without constraints we derived a mathematical formula with which the quality of the reconstruction after a given number of iterations can be calculated. The image quality is expressed here by a special filter kernel for a FBP reconstruction which creates images with the same sharpness and noise properties as SIRT. Further on the formula can be used to analyze the numerical stability of a certain implementation of SIRT. Experiments show the validity of these "iteration-equivalent"-kernels with respect to sharpness and noise properties of the reconstructed images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6510, Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging, 65105E (28 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.707349
Show Author Affiliations
Holger Kunze, Siemens AG Medical Solutions (Germany)
Wolfgang Härer, Siemens AG Medical Solutions (Germany)
Karl Stierstorfer, Siemens AG Medical Solutions (Germany)

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

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