Cone beam computed tomography systems generate 3D volumetric images, which provide further morphological information compared to radiography and tomosynthesis systems. However, reconstructed images by FDK algorithm contain cone beam artifacts when a cone angle is large. To reduce the cone beam artifacts, two-pass algorithm has been proposed. The two-pass algorithm considers the cone beam artifacts are mainly caused by high density materials, and proposes an effective method to estimate error images (i.e., cone beam artifacts images) by the high density materials. While this approach is simple and effective with a small cone angle (i.e., 5 - 7 degree), the correction performance is degraded as the cone angle increases. In this work, we propose a new method to reduce the cone beam artifacts using a dual energy technique. The basic idea of the proposed method is to estimate the error images generated by the high density materials more reliably. To do this, projection data of the high density materials are extracted from dual energy CT projection data using a material decomposition technique, and then reconstructed by iterative reconstruction using total-variation regularization. The reconstructed high density materials are used to estimate the error images from the original FDK images. The performance of the proposed method is compared with the two-pass algorithm using root mean square errors. The results show that the proposed method reduces the cone beam artifacts more effectively, especially with a large cone angle.
|Title of host publication||Medical Imaging 2017|
|Subtitle of host publication||Physics of Medical Imaging|
|Editors||Taly Gilat Schmidt, Joseph Y. Lo, Thomas G. Flohr|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging - Orlando, United States|
Duration: 2017 Feb 13 → 2017 Feb 16
|Name||Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE|
|Other||Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging|
|Period||17/2/13 → 17/2/16|
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging