6 February 2014 Breast tomosynthesis imaging configuration optimization based on computer simulation
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Digital tomosynthesis is an innovative imaging technology for early breast cancer detection by providing three-dimensional anatomical information with fast image acquisition and low-dose radiation. Most of current breast tomosynthesis systems utilize a design where a single x-ray tube moves along an arc above objects over a certain angular range. The mechanical movement and patient motion during the scan may degrade image quality. With a carbon nanotube–based multibeam x-ray source, a new breast tomosynthesis modality is innovated, which will potentially produce better image quality with stationary beam sources and faster scan and it enables a variety of beam distributions. In this study, several beam distributions, such as beam sources spanning along a one-dimensional (1-D) parallel configuration and sources over a two-dimensional (2-D) rectangle shape are investigated based on computer simulations. Preliminary results show that 2-D rectangle shapes outperform 1-D parallel shapes by providing better Z-resolution, enhanced image contrast, reduced out-of-plane blur and artifacts and lower reconstruction noise. These benefits may expand tomosynthesis applications to diagnostic and interventional procedures.
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Shiyu Xu, Shiyu Xu, Linlin Cong, Linlin Cong, Jianping Lu, Jianping Lu, Otto Zhou, Otto Zhou, Yueh Z. Lee, Yueh Z. Lee, Ying Chen, Ying Chen, } "Breast tomosynthesis imaging configuration optimization based on computer simulation," Journal of Electronic Imaging 23(1), 013017 (6 February 2014). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JEI.23.1.013017 . Submission:

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