31 March 2016 Initial clinical evaluation of stationary digital chest tomosynthesis
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Computed Tomography (CT) is the gold standard for image evaluation of lung disease, including lung cancer and cystic fibrosis. It provides detailed information of the lung anatomy and lesions, but at a relatively high cost and high dose of radiation. Chest radiography is a low dose imaging modality but it has low sensitivity. Digital chest tomosynthesis (DCT) is an imaging modality that produces 3D images by collecting x-ray projection images over a limited angle. DCT is less expensive than CT and requires about 1/10th the dose of radiation. Commercial DCT systems acquire the projection images by mechanically scanning an x-ray tube. The movement of the tube head limits acquisition speed. We recently demonstrated the feasibility of stationary digital chest tomosynthesis (s-DCT) using a carbon nanotube (CNT) x-ray source array in benchtop phantom studies. The stationary x-ray source allows for fast image acquisition. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the feasibility of s-DCT for patient imaging. We have successfully imaged 31 patients. Preliminary evaluation by board certified radiologists suggests good depiction of thoracic anatomy and pathology.
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Allison E. Hartman, Allison E. Hartman, Jing Shan, Jing Shan, Gongting Wu, Gongting Wu, Yueh Z. Lee, Yueh Z. Lee, Otto Zhou, Otto Zhou, Jianping Lu, Jianping Lu, Michael Heath, Michael Heath, Xiaohui Wang, Xiaohui Wang, David Foos, David Foos, "Initial clinical evaluation of stationary digital chest tomosynthesis", Proc. SPIE 9783, Medical Imaging 2016: Physics of Medical Imaging, 978366 (31 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2216850; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2216850
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