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Advanced reconstruction of attenuation maps using SPECT emission data only

Author: Salomon, A. · Goedicke, A. · Aach, T. (RWTH Aachen Univ.)
Publisher: SPIE (Int. Society for Optical Engineering)
Institution: Philips Research
Source:SPIE Medical Imaging 2009 (Orlando, FL.)
Identifier: MS-29.521
Keywords: 3d reconstruction · cardiac spect · spect · spect attenuation correction · spect reconstruction · spect/ct
Rights: (c) 2009 SPIE (Int. Society for Optical Engineering)


The proposed method simultaneously reconstructs activity and attenuation distribution of SPECT scans without usage of additional transmission scans. Moreover, in contrast to other approaches, it effectively prevents cross-talk artefacts by using a-priori atlas data and by labelling each organ with homogeneous attenuation values. The method generates a 3D-shape model of the patient and, in order to improve overall consistency between measured and estimated SPECT sinogram, modifications to the activity- and attenuation estimation are performed iteratively. Several reconstructions of patient and simulated SPECT data were investigated and reliable convergence behaviour as well as good agreement with reference images could be observed.

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