24 March 2016 Importance of the grayscale in early assessment of image quality gains with iterative CT reconstruction
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Iterative reconstruction methods have become an important research topic in X-ray computed tomography (CT), due to their ability to yield improvements in image quality in comparison with the classical filtered bacprojection method. There are many ways to design an effective iterative reconstruction method. Moreover, for each design, there may be a large number of parameters that can be adjusted. Thus, early assessment of image quality, before clinical deployment, plays a large role in identifying and refining solutions. Currently, there are few publications reporting on early, task-based assessment of image quality achieved with iterative reconstruction methods. We report here on such an assessment, and we illustrate at the same time the importance of the grayscale used for image display when conducting this type of assessment. Our results further support observations made by others that the edge preserving penalty term used in iterative reconstruction is a key ingredient to improving image quality in terms of detection task. Our results also provide a clear demonstration of an implication made in one of our previous publications, namely that the grayscale window plays an important role in image quality comparisons involving iterative CT reconstruction methods.
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F. Noo, K. Hahn, Z. Guo, "Importance of the grayscale in early assessment of image quality gains with iterative CT reconstruction", Proc. SPIE 9787, Medical Imaging 2016: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 978712 (24 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2217689; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2217689
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