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Journal of X-ray Science and Technology

Junchao Ma, Nan Yu, Cong Shen, Zhimin Wang, Taiping He, You-Min Guo
BACKGROUND: This study aims to develop a computerized scheme that utilizes a differential geometric approach to identify pulmonary vessels and then evaluate the performance of the scheme on the CT images of heavy smokers. METHODS: The scheme consists of two primary steps to segment entire lung vascular tree and identify the number of pulmonary vessels in a cross section. The scheme performance including accuracy, consistency, and efficiency was assessed using 102 chest CT scans...
February 3, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Hongli Shi, Zhi Yang, Shuqian Luo
BACKGROUND: The beam hardening artifact is one of most important modalities of metal artifact for polychromatic X-ray computed tomography (CT), which can impair the image quality seriously. OBJECTIVE: An iterative approach is proposed to reduce beam hardening artifact caused by metallic components in polychromatic X-ray CT. METHODS: According to Lambert-Beer law, the (detected) projections can be expressed as monotonic nonlinear functions of element geometry projections, which are the theoretical projections produced only by the pixel intensities (image grayscale) of certain element (component)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Weiwen Wu, Hengyong Yu, Shaoyu Wang, Fenglin Liu
The objective of this study is to present and test a new ultra-low-cost linear scan based tomography architecture. Similar to linear tomosynthesis, the source and detector are translated in opposite directions and the data acquisition system targets on a region-of-interest (ROI) to acquire data for image reconstruction. This kind of tomographic architecture was named parallel translational computed tomography (PTCT). In previous studies, filtered backprojection (FBP)-type algorithms were developed to reconstruct images from PTCT...
January 31, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
I F Mikhailov, A A Baturin, A I Mikhailov, S S Borisova, M V Reshetnyak, D I Galata
A method for urinary iodine diagnostics using a portable energy-dispersion X-ray fluorescent (EDXRF) spectrometer is proposed. The principle of the method consists in excitation of the sample atoms fluorescence by the energy spectrum intentionally formed from the spectrum of an X-ray tube using an optimized X-ray scheme. The optimization by the criterion of the minimum detection limit for L-series iodine fluorescence lines included the calculation of optimal atomic numbers for materials of a re-radiator and a filter, and their thicknesses, the collimation system parameters, and an X-ray tube voltage...
January 31, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Nicolas Jaccard, Thomas W Rogers, Edward J Morton, Lewis D Griffin
BACKGROUND: Non-intrusive inspection systems based on X-ray radiography techniques are routinely used at transport hubs to ensure the conformity of cargo content with the supplied shipping manifest. As trade volumes increase and regulations become more stringent, manual inspection by trained operators is less and less viable due to low throughput. Machine vision techniques can assist operators in their task by automating parts of the inspection workflow. Since cars are routinely involved in trafficking, export fraud, and tax evasion schemes, they represent an attractive target for automated detection and flagging for subsequent inspection by operators...
January 31, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
W G Kang, S H Pyo, T S Alkhuraiji, B S Han, C M Kang
The King AbdulAziz City for Science & Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plans to build a 10 MeV, 15 kW linear accelerator (LINAC) for electron beam and X-ray. The accelerator will be supplied by EB Tech, Republic of Korea, and the design and construction of the accelerator building will be conducted in the cooperation with EB Tech. This report presents the shielding analysis of the accelerator building using the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP). In order to improve the accuracy in estimating deep radiation penetration and to reduce computation time, various variance reduction techniques, including the weight window (WW) method, the deterministic transport (DXTRAN) spheres were considered...
January 31, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Ailong Cai, Linyuan Wang, Lei Li, Bin Yan, Zhizhong Zheng, Hanming Zhang, Wenkun Zhang, Wanli Lu, Guoen Hu
Nowadays, diversities of task-specific applications for computed tomography (CT) have already proposed multiple challenges for algorithm design of image reconstructions. Consequently, efficient algorithm design tool is necessary to be established. A fast and efficient algorithm design framework for CT image reconstruction, which is based on alternating direction method (ADM) with ordered subsets (OS), is proposed, termed as OS-ADM. The general ideas of ADM and OS have been abstractly introduced and then they are combined for solving convex optimizations in CT image reconstruction...
January 31, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Chun-You Chen, Liang-Ming Lee, Hsiao-Wei Yu, Steve P Lee, Hsin-Lun Lee, Yung-Wei Lin, Yu-Ching Wen, Yi-Ju Chen, Chiu-Ping Chen, Jo-Ting Tsai
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: As recent studies have suggested relatively low α/β for prostate cancer, the interest in hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer is rising. The aim of this study is to compare dosimetric results of Cyberknife (CK) with Tomotherapy (HT) in SBRT for localized prostate cancer. Furthermore, the radiobiologic consequences of heterogeneous dose distribution are also analyzed. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A total of 12 cases of localized prostate cancer previously treated with SBRT were collected...
January 31, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Jainil P Shah, Steve D Mann, Martin P Tornai
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to utilize a dedicated breast CT system using a 2D beam stop array to physically evaluate the scatter to primary ratios (SPRs) of different geometric phantoms and prospectively acquired clinical patient data. METHODS: Including clinically unrealizable compositions of 100% glandular and 100% fat, projection images were acquired using three geometrically different phantoms filled with fluids simulating breast tissue. The beam stop array method was used for measuring scatter in projection space, and creating the scatter corrected primary images...
January 3, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Reheman Baikejiang, Wei Zhang, Changqing Li
Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) has attracted attentions in the last two decades due to its intrinsic sensitivity in imaging chromophores of tissues such as hemoglobin, water, and lipid. However, DOT has not been clinically accepted yet due to its low spatial resolution caused by strong optical scattering in tissues. Structural guidance provided by an anatomical imaging modality enhances the DOT imaging substantially. Here, we propose a computed tomography (CT) guided multispectral DOT imaging system for breast cancer imaging...
December 14, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
M Goudarzi, Sh Saviz, M Ghoranneviss, A Salar Elahi
Antibacterial surfaces such as copper coatings are able to reduce the growth of bacteria. In this study, copper coatings was deposited on the 316 stainless steel substrates by a handmade device operating as an atmospheric plasma spraying system. The chemical composition microstructure and morphology surface of the coatings are examined by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) and back scattering electron microscope (BSE). Micro hardness as one of the key properties of the coating is characterized based on cross-section...
November 30, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Jiangkun Liu, Weixing Cai, Ruola Ning
Grating-based differential phase contrast (DPC) imaging enables the use of a hospital-grade X-ray tube, but compromises the image quality due to insufficiently coherent illumination. In this research, a bench-top DPC cone beam CT (DPC-CBCT) was systematically evaluated and compared with the traditional attenuation-based CBCT in terms of contrast to noise ratio, noise property, and contrast resolution through phantom studies. In order to evaluate DPC-CBCT for soft tissue imaging, breast specimen and small animal studies were carried out...
November 30, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Tomohiro Arai, Masaki Misawa, Miki Arai, Masafumi Shinozaki, Kayo Sakamoto, Yoshinobu Yajima, Yuichi Nozaki, Tsuyoshi Tajima, Masanori Sato, Fumihiko Hinoshita
BACKGROUND: Currently, no standardized method for measuring intrahepatic fat density via conventional computed tomography (CT) exists. OBJECTIVE: We aim to quantify intrahepatic fat density via material decomposition analysis using rapid kilovolt peak-switching dual-energy (RSDE) CT. METHODS: Homogenized porcine liver and fat (lard) were mixed in various ratios to produce phantoms for fat density verification. The actual fat density was measured on the basis of the phantom volume and weight, and these measurements were used as reference densities...
November 30, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Yunzhi Wang, Faranak Aghaei, Ali Zarafshani, Yuchen Qiu, Wei Qian, Bin Zheng
PURPOSE: To develop a new computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme that computes visually sensitive image features routinely used by radiologists to develop a machine learning classifier and distinguish between the malignant and benign breast masses detected from digital mammograms. METHODS: An image dataset including 301 breast masses was retrospectively selected. From each segmented mass region, we computed image features that mimic five categories of visually sensitive features routinely used by radiologists in reading mammograms...
2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Yingmei Wang, Ge Wang, Shuwei Mao, Wenxiang Cong, Zhilong Ji, Jian-Feng Cai, Yangbo Ye
Reducing radiation dose is an important goal in medical computed tomography (CT), for which interior tomography is an effective approach. There have been interior reconstruction algorithms for monochromatic CT, but in reality, X-ray sources are polychromatic. Using a polychromatic acquisition model and motivated by framelet-based image processing algorithms, in this paper, we propose an interior reconstruction algorithm to obtain an image with spectral information assuming only one scan with a current energy-integrating detector...
November 22, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Azeez Omotayo, Idris Elbakri
OBJECTIVE: Iterative algorithms are gaining clinical acceptance in CT. We performed objective phantom-based image quality evaluation of five commercial iterative reconstruction algorithms available on four different multi-detector CT (MDCT) scanners at different dose levels as well as the conventional filtered back-projection (FBP) reconstruction. METHODS: Using the Catphan500 phantom, we evaluated image noise, contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), modulation transfer function (MTF) and noise-power spectrum (NPS)...
November 22, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Toru Kano, Michihiko Koseki
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) is an established imaging technology primarily used as a non-invasive diagnostic tool that reconstructs axial images. However, significant problems with metal artifacts remain. A metal artifact is a strong radial noise in an image, which makes it difficult to diagnose patients and inspect products containing metal implants. Historically, studies related to metal artifact reduction used projection data, though the data is not typically saved after processing...
November 22, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
M Ghoranneviss, S Shahidi, A Salar Elahi
In this research, the cotton fabrics were treated with nitrogen plasma for the clinical and anti-bacterial purposes. Turmeric was used a as a natural dye. Some part of both untreated and plasma treated samples was immersed in silver nitrate as a mordant before dyeing. Effect of plasma and silver nitrate on dye ability of cotton samples was compared and studied. Samples were analyzed with different experimental methods, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Reflection spectro-photometry and antibacterial test...
November 22, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Chia-Chun Kuo, Ho-Chiao Chuang, Kuan-Ting Teng, Hsiao-Yu Hsu, Der-Chi Tien, Chih-Jen Wu, Shiu-Chen Jeng, Jeng-Fong Chiou
The purpose of this study was to develop an ultrasound image tracking algorithm (UITA) for extracting the exact displacement of internal organs caused by respiratory motion. The program can track organ displacements in real time, and analyze the displacement signals associated with organ displacements via a respiration compensating system (RCS). The ultrasound imaging system is noninvasive and has a high spatial resolution and a high frame rate (around 32 frames/s), which reduces the radiation doses that patients receive during computed tomography and X-ray observations...
November 22, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Zhijie He, Quanbang Qiao, Jun Li, Meiping Huang, Shouping Zhu, Liyu Huang
BACKGROUND: The CT image reconstruction algorithm based compressed sensing (CS) can be formulated as an optimization problem that minimizes the total-variation (TV) term constrained by the data fidelity and image nonnegativity. There are a lot of solutions to this problem, but the computational efficiency and reconstructed image quality of these methods still need to be improved. OBJECTIVE: To investigate a faster and more accurate mathematical algorithm to settle TV term minimization problem of CT image reconstruction...
November 22, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
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