Achieving super-resolution X-ray imaging with mobile C-arm devices

Type of publication:  Artikel
Zeitschrift: International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery
Band: 5
Nummer: 3
Jahr: 2009
Seiten: 243--256
Notiz: Interactive C-Arm
ISSN: 1478-596X
DOI: 10.1002/rcs.255
Abriss: The term super-resolution refers to the process of combining a set of low-resolution images into a high-resolution image using image processing methods. This work is concerned with the reconstruction of high-resolution X-ray images. Specifically, we address the problem of acquiring X-ray images from multiple, very close view points.We propose to use a novel experimental robotic C-arm device to create high-resolution X-ray images. For this purpose, we suggest different strategies for acquiring multiple low-resolution images, and we provide the steps to achieve acquisition-error compensation. Compared to visible light images, X-ray images have the particularity that parallax effects render super-resolution very difficult. Using the acquired multi-frame data, we evaluate recent well-known super-resolution reconstruction algorithms. The same algorithms are evaluated based on synthetic 3D phantom data and real X-ray images.In experiments with both synthetic and real projection data, we successfully reconstruct up to four times higher-resolution images. These images reveal structures and details which are not perceivable in the low-resolution images.The advantage of super-resolution techniques for X-ray is the potential reduction of radiation dose for patients and medical personnel. Potential medical applications include the diagnosis of early-stage osteoporosis and the detection of very small calcifications. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Autoren: Bodensteiner, Christoph
Darolti, Christina
Schweikard, Achim