Physics in medicine and biology

A method to incorporate the effect of beam quality on image noise in a digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR) based computer simulation for optimisation of digital radiography.

PMID 28742062


The use of computer simulated digital x-radiographs for optimisation purposes has become widespread in recent years. To make these optimisation investigations effective, it is vital simulated radiographs contain accurate anatomical and system noise. Computer algorithms that simulate radiographs based solely on the incident detector x-ray intensity ('dose') have been reported extensively in the literature. However, while it has been established for digital mammography that x-ray beam quality is an important factor when modelling noise in simulated images there are no such studies for diagnostic imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. This study investigates the influence of beam quality on image noise in a digital radiography (DR) imaging system, and incorporates these effects into a digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR) computer simulator. Image noise was measured on a real DR imaging system as a function of dose (absorbed energy) over a range of clinically relevant beam qualities. Simulated 'absorbed energy' and 'beam quality' DRRs were then created for each patient and tube voltage under investigation. Simulated noise images, corrected for dose and beam quality, were subsequently produced from the absorbed energy and beam quality DRRs, using the measured noise, absorbed energy and beam quality relationships. The noise images were superimposed onto the noiseless absorbed energy DRRs to create the final images. Signal-to-noise measurements in simulated chest, abdomen and spine images were within 10% of the corresponding measurements in real images. This compares favourably to our previous algorithm where images corrected for dose only were all within 20%.

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