The ability of compensators (e.g., bow-tie filters) designed for kV cone-beam computed tomography (CT) to reduce both scatter reaching the detector and dose to the patient is investigated. Scattered x rays reaching the detector are widely recognized as one of the most significant challenges to cone-beam CT imaging performance. With cone-beam CT gaining popularity as a method of guiding treatments in radiation therapy, any methods that have the potential to reduce the dose to patients and/or improve image quality should be investigated. Simple compensators with a design that could realistically be implemented on a cone-beam CT imaging system have been constructed to determine the magnitude of reduction of scatter and/or dose for various cone-beam CT imaging conditions. Depending on the situation, the compensators were shown to reduce x-ray scatter at the detector and dose to the patient by more than a factor of 2. Further optimization of the compensators is a possibility to achieve greater reductions in both scatter and dose.
- Bow-tie filter
- Cone-beam CT
- X-ray scatter
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging