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18 March 2015 Clinical image benefits after model-based reconstruction for low dose dedicated breast tomosynthesis
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Model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) is implemented to process full clinical data sets of dedicated breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in a low dose condition and achieves less spreading of anatomical structure between slices. MBIR is a statistical based reconstruction which can control the trade-off between data fitting and image regularization. In this study, regularization is formulated with anisotropic prior weighting that independently controls the image regularization between in-plane and out-of-plane voxel neighbors. Studies at complete and partial convergence show that the appropriate formulation of data-fit and regularization terms along with anisotropic prior weighting leads to a solution with improved localization of objects within a more narrow range of slices. This result is compared with the solutions using simultaneous iterative reconstruction technique (SIRT), which is one of the state of art reconstruction in DBT. MBIR yields higher contrast-to-noise for medium and large size microcalcifications and diagnostic structures in volumetric breast images and supports opportunity for dose reduction for 3D breast imaging.
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Eri Haneda, J. Eric Tkaczyk, Giovanni Palma, Răzvan Iordache, Serge Muller, and Bruno De Man "Clinical image benefits after model-based reconstruction for low dose dedicated breast tomosynthesis", Proc. SPIE 9412, Medical Imaging 2015: Physics of Medical Imaging, 94120A (18 March 2015);

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