Mónica Abella

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Most small-animal X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanners are based on cone-beam geometry with a flat-panel detector orbiting in a circular trajectory. Image reconstruction in these systems is usually performed by approximate methods based on the algorithm proposed by Feldkamp et al. (FDK). Besides the implementation of the reconstruction algorithm itself,(More)
This work reports on the development and performance evaluation of the VrPET/CT, a new multimodality scanner with coplanar geometry for in vivo rodent imaging. The scanner design is based on a partial-ring PET system and a small-animal CT assembled on a rotatory gantry without axial displacement between the geometric centers of both fields of view (FOV). We(More)
Most small-animal X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanners are based on cone-beam geometry with a flat-panel detector orbiting in a circular trajectory. Image reconstruction in these systems is usually performed by approximate methods based on the algorithm proposed by Feldkamp, Davis and Kress (FDK). Currently there is a strong need to speedup the(More)
This paper presents a new statistical reconstruction algorithm for X-ray CT. The algorithm is based on Poisson statistics and a physical model that accounts for the measurement nonlinearities caused by energy-dependent attenuation. We model each voxel's attenuation as a mixture of bone and soft tissue by defining density-dependent tissue fractions,(More)
Low-dose protocols for respiratory gating in cardiothoracic small-animal imaging lead to streak artifacts in the images reconstructed with a Feldkamp-Davis-Kress (FDK) method. We propose a novel prior- and motion-based reconstruction (PRIMOR) method, which improves prior-based reconstruction (PBR) by adding a penalty function that includes a model of(More)
Respiratory gating helps to overcome the problem of breathing motion in cardiothoracic small-animal imaging by acquiring multiple images for each projection angle and then assigning projections to different phases. When this approach is used with a dose similar to that of a static acquisition, a low number of noisy projections are available for the(More)
SUMMARY Introduction In recent years, a great deal of research has been carried out to identify the aspects that affect subjective well-being. In these studies, different indicators of well-being have been used. While some studies have used satisfaction with life as an indicator, others have focussed on psychological adjustment, while still in some other(More)
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