Region based 4D tomographic image reconstruction : application to cardiac X-ray CT
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
S.l. , 2015
IEEE International Conference on Image Processing
University of Antwerp
X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a powerful tool for noninvasive cardiac imaging. However, radiation dose is a major issue. In this paper, we propose an iterative reconstruction method that reduces the radiation dose without compromising image quality. This is achieved by exploiting prior knowledge in two ways: the reconstructed object is assumed to consist of both stationary and dynamic regions over time and the dynamic region is assumed to have sparse structures after a proper sparsifying space-time transform. Experiments on simulation data and a real micro CT cardiac mouse dataset show that, with comparable image quality, the radiation dose can be substantially reduced compared to conventional acquisition/reconstruction protocols.