A new method to reduce helical artifacts in the reconstructed image from direct filtered backprojection

Seungwon Choi, Jongduk Baek

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In helical scan protocol, direct filtered back projection method introduces helical artifacts in the reconstructed volume. Especially, the helical artifacts become severer when a large two dimensional planar detector array is employed. In this work, we proposed a method to reduce the helical artifacts in the reconstructed volume. The proposed algorithm proceeds in two sequential parts: bone induced artifacts reduction part and soft tissue induced artifacts reduction part. Since artifacts induced by bones are more severe, the bone image are segmented from the initial reconstructed image, and then the bone induced artifacts are generated by conducting the forward projection and filtered back projection on the segmented bone image. The difference between the segmented bone image and reconstructed bone image is calculated, which is subtracted from the initial reconstructed image. In the same manner, the soft tissue induced artifacts are generated from the bone induced artifacts corrected image, and the final correction image is acquired by subtracting the soft tissue induced artifacts from the bone induced artifacts corrected image. The proposed algorithm was verified for extended cardiac-torso (XCAT) simulation. Performance of the proposed algorithm was quantitatively evaluated for uncorrected images, bone corrected images and bone-and-soft tissue corrected images by normalized mean square error (NMSE) and structure similarity index (SSIM). The results showed that the bone artifacts reduction part effectively reduced the helical artifacts, and soft tissue artifacts reduction part further reduced residual artifacts remained in the bone corrected images. The proposed algorithm can reduce helical artifacts without compromising the existing FBP's computational advantages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2022
Subtitle of host publicationPhysics of Medical Imaging
EditorsWei Zhao, Lifeng Yu
ISBN (Electronic)9781510649378
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventMedical Imaging 2022: Physics of Medical Imaging - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2022 Mar 212022 Mar 27

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2022: Physics of Medical Imaging
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Bio and Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (NRF2019R1A2C2084936 and 2020R1A4A1016619) and the Korea Medical Device Development Fund grant funded by the Korea government (the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Health Welfare, Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) (202011A03)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 SPIE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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