An Accurate Scatter Measurement and Correction Technique for Cone Beam Breast CT Imaging Using Scanning Sampled Measurement (SSM) Technique.

Abstract

We developed and investigated a scanning sampled measurement (SSM) technique for scatter measurement and correction in cone beam breast CT imaging. A cylindrical polypropylene phantom (water equivalent) was mounted on a rotating table in a stationary gantry experimental cone beam breast CT imaging system. A 2-D array of lead beads, with the beads set apart about ~1 cm from each other and slightly tilted vertically, was placed between the object and x-ray source. A series of projection images were acquired as the phantom is rotated 1 degree per projection view and the lead beads array shifted vertically from one projection view to the next. A series of lead bars were also placed at the phantom edge to produce better scatter estimation across the phantom edges. Image signals in the lead beads/bars shadow were used to obtain sampled scatter measurements which were then interpolated to form an estimated scatter distribution across the projection images. The image data behind the lead bead/bar shadows were restored by interpolating image data from two adjacent projection views to form beam-block free projection images. The estimated scatter distribution was then subtracted from the corresponding restored projection image to obtain the scatter removed projection images.Our preliminary experiment has demonstrated that it is feasible to implement SSM technique for scatter estimation and correction for cone beam breast CT imaging. Scatter correction was successfully performed on all projection images using scatter distribution interpolated from SSM and restored projection image data. The resultant scatter corrected projection image data resulted in elevated CT number and largely reduced the cupping effects.

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@article{Liu2006AnAS, title={An Accurate Scatter Measurement and Correction Technique for Cone Beam Breast CT Imaging Using Scanning Sampled Measurement (SSM) Technique.}, author={Xinming Liu and Chris C. Shaw and Tianpeng Wang and Lingyun Chen and M. C. Altunbas and Srinivas Cheenu Kappadath}, journal={Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering}, year={2006}, volume={6142}, pages={6142341-6142347} }