Fast transmission CT reconstruction for SPECT using a block-iterative algorithm

David S. Lalush, Benjamin M.W. Tsui

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We present an iterative transmission reconstruction algorithm based on principles used for block-iterative emission reconstruction. Filtered backprojcction (FBP) is adequate for transmission CT image reconstruction under ideal conditions, In cases where insufficient count rates are obtained, FBP suffers from significant biases. Our blockiterative transmission algorithm is developed by analogy to ordcred-subset emission CT algorithms. We show similarities between our algorithm and a previouslyproposed Ordcred-Subset Convex (OSC) algorithm. Under ideal conditions, our block-iterative transmission algorithm generates estimates of attenuation line integrals that are not significantly different from those from FBP or OSC. In the case of very low count-rate data, our block-iterative algorithm produces line integral estimates that arc less biased than those from FBP and nearly identical to those from OSC. We show that our algorithm is more computationally efficient than OSC. We conclude that our block-iterative method is a viable alternative to FBP and other iterative algorithms, especially under poor imaging conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1123-1129
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number3 PART 3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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