18 March 2015 Methods to mitigate data truncation artifacts in multi-contrast tomosynthesis image reconstructions
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Differential phase contrast imaging is a promising new image modality that utilizes the refraction rather than the absorption of x-rays to image an object. A Talbot-Lau interferometer may be used to permit differential phase contrast imaging with a conventional medical x-ray source and detector. However, the current size of the gratings fabricated for these interferometers are often relatively small. As a result, data truncation image artifacts are often observed in a tomographic acquisition and reconstruction. When data are truncated in x-ray absorption imaging, the methods have been introduced to mitigate the truncation artifacts. However, the same strategy to mitigate absorption truncation artifacts may not be appropriate for differential phase contrast or dark field tomographic imaging. In this work, several new methods to mitigate data truncation artifacts in a multi-contrast imaging system have been proposed and evaluated for tomosynthesis data acquisitions. The proposed methods were validated using experimental data acquired for a bovine udder as well as several cadaver breast specimens using a benchtop system at our facility.
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John Garrett, Yongshuai Ge, Ke Li, Guang-Hong Chen, "Methods to mitigate data truncation artifacts in multi-contrast tomosynthesis image reconstructions", Proc. SPIE 9412, Medical Imaging 2015: Physics of Medical Imaging, 941225 (18 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081017; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2081017
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