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Clinical micro-CT for dental imaging
Author(s): Hanbean Youn; Min Kook Cho; Cheol-Soon Shon; Bong Hae Cho; Chang Hyuk Kim; Ho Kyung Kim
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Paper Abstract

We exploit the development of a clinical computed microtomography (micro-CT) system for dental imaging. While the conventional dental CT simply serves implant treatment, the clinical dental micro-CT may provide clinicians with a histologic evaluation. To investigate the feasibility of the realization of a dental micro-CT, we have constructed an experimental test system which mainly consists of a microfocus x-ray source, a rotational subject holder, and a flat-panel detector. The flat-panel detector is based on a matrix-addressed photodiode array coupled to a CsI:Tl scintillator. The detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of the detector was measured as a function of magnification based on the measured modulation-transfer function (MTF) and noise-power spectrum (NPS). The best MTF and DQE performances were achieved at the magnification factor of 3. Similar tendency of the spatial resolving power in tomography was also observed with a wire phantom having a 25 μm diameter. From the investigation of tomographs reconstructed from a humanoid skull phantom, the application of magnification in the system largely reduced both signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) for a fixed dose at the entrance surface of the detector, 1.2 mGy, while this setup increased the dose at the object plane from 4.7 mGy to 19.1 mGy for the magnification factor from 2 to 4, respectively. Although the quantum mottles at the high magnification factor tackled the practical use in the clinic, the information contained in the magnified CT images was quite promising.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7258, Medical Imaging 2009: Physics of Medical Imaging, 72582W (13 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811533
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Hanbean Youn, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Min Kook Cho, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Cheol-Soon Shon, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Bong Hae Cho, Pusan National Univ. School of Dentistry (Korea, Republic of)
Chang Hyuk Kim, Vatech Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of)
Ho Kyung Kim, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7258:
Medical Imaging 2009: Physics of Medical Imaging
Ehsan Samei; Jiang Hsieh, Editor(s)

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