Quantification of ring artifact visibility in CT
2012 (English)In: Medical Imaging 2012: Physics Of Medical Imaging, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012, Vol. 8313, 83132J- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Ring artifacts appear in computed tomography images if there are too large inhomogeneities between different detector elements. The question of how large inhomogeneities are acceptable is gaining in importance due to the development of energy discriminating photon counting CT, where detector homogeneity is an important design parameter. We propose using the systematic-to-statistical error quotient q, defined as the variance of the expected log-normalized count number between detector elements (dels) divided by the variance of log-normalized count numbers measured with the same del, as a metric of ring artifact visibility. With a simple observer study using simulated images, it is shown that rings are visible in the reconstructed image if q exceeds a threshold which lies close to 1.2Â·10 -3 for 1500 detector elements and 2000 projection angles. It is also shown by visual inspection of simulated images that the threshold value is, to a good approximation, inversely proportional to the number of angle measurements and independent of the number of detector elements. The results suggest that a simple oberver study, together with these scaling relationships, is sufficient for establishing sinogram homogeneity requirements for a particular reconstruction method.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012. Vol. 8313, 83132J- p.
, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging, ISSN 1605-7422 ; 8313
Computed tomography, homogeneity requirements, observer study, ring artifacts
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-98183DOI: 10.1117/12.910537ISI: 000304768000086ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84860354258ISBN: 978-081948962-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-98183DiVA: diva2:536042
Medical Imaging 2012: Physics of Medical Imaging;San Diego, CA;5 February 2012 through 8 February 2012
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