24 October 2017 An optimized acquisition approach exploiting geometrical calibration in x-ray cone-beam computed tomography
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Proceedings Volume 10462, AOPC 2017: Optical Sensing and Imaging Technology and Applications; 104624Q (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2285578
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
X-ray cone-beam computed tomography, featuring high precision and fast-imaging speed, has been widely used in industrial non-destructive testing applications for the three dimensional visualization of internal structures. Due to mechanical imperfections, geometric calibrations are imperative to high quality image reconstruction. Currently, the twoball phantom-based calibration procedures exploiting the projection trajectories of the phantoms are the most commonly used approach for the estimation of the geometrical parameters and the calibration of CT system. However, an additional scan needs to be performed, even after each object acquisition when lack of system reproducibility, leading to multiplied calibration times. The emphasis of this paper is to optimize the process of acquisition in cone-beam CT imaging with minimal time, based on the understanding of the determination of the ball position in typical phantom-based geometric calibration algorithms. An applicable condition of the calibration algorithm for simultaneously scanning objects and calibration phantoms is proposed and demonstrated, which is that the minimum projection value of the scanned object needs to be at least 100 counts higher than those of the calibration phantom, with consideration of the system noise. The CT experiments are based on a laboratory industrial cone-beam CT system with a micro-focus x-ray tube (Thales Hawkeye 130) and a flat panel detector (Thales Pixium RF4343). Objects imaged are chosen with a wide projection value range, from low-Z watermelon seeds and high-Z materials, including a standard Micro CT Bar Pattern Phantom (QRM) for image quality assessment. In these experiments, objects, as well as two-ball phantoms, both placed in the field of view without overlapping in the vertical direction, are projected over 360 degrees, instead of scanning the calibration phantoms separately. Hence, the true geometrical relationship is resolved utilizing the two-ball algorithm. Both simulation and experimental results confirm that the calculated geometrical parameters will not be affected by the objects as long as their projection value difference meeting the requirements above. And the reconstruction image quality is almost the same with those by an independent calibration. Compared to the traditional application of the phantombased geometrical calibration method, the novel approach presented in this paper has obvious advantages from an imaging perspective, saving acquisition time and eliminating the undesired influence from the operation staff for the same cost.
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Kai Xiao, Kai Xiao, Yu Han, Yu Han, Xiaoqi Xi, Xiaoqi Xi, Haibing Bu, Haibing Bu, Lei Li, Lei Li, Bin Yan, Bin Yan, Yanmin Sun, Yanmin Sun, Jingyu Wang, Jingyu Wang, Jianbang Liu, Jianbang Liu, } "An optimized acquisition approach exploiting geometrical calibration in x-ray cone-beam computed tomography", Proc. SPIE 10462, AOPC 2017: Optical Sensing and Imaging Technology and Applications, 104624Q (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2285578; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2285578

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