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Image quality evaluation of new image reconstruction methods applying the iterative reconstruction

Image quality evaluation of new image reconstruction methods applying the iterative reconstruction

Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi 68(4): 404-412

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality of an iterative reconstruction method, the iterative reconstruction in image space (IRIS), which was implemented in a 128-slices multi-detector computed tomography system (MDCT), Siemens Somatom Definition Flash (Definition). We evaluated image noise by standard deviation (SD) as many researchers did before, and in addition, we measured modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS), and perceptual low-contrast detectability using a water phantom including a low-contrast object with a 10 Hounsfield unit (HU) contrast, to evaluate whether the noise reduction of IRIS was effective. The SD and NPS were measured from the images of a water phantom. The MTF was measured from images of a thin metal wire and a bar pattern phantom with the bar contrast of 125 HU. The NPS of IRIS was lower than that of filtered back projection (FBP) at middle and high frequency regions. The SD values were reduced by 21%. The MTF of IRIS and FBP measured by the wire phantom coincided precisely. However, for the bar pattern phantom, the MTF values of IRIS at 0.625 and 0.833 cycle/mm were lower than those of FBP. Despite the reduction of the SD and the NPS, the low-contrast detectability study indicated no significant difference between IRIS and FBP. From these results, it was demonstrated that IRIS had the noise reduction performance with exact preservation for high contrast resolution and slight degradation of middle contrast resolution, and could slightly improve the low contrast detectability but with no significance.

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DOI: 10.6009/jjrt.2012_jsrt_68.4.404

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