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A Method for Attenuation Correction in Radionuclide Computed Tomography

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1 Author(s)
Chang, Lee-Tzuu ; Group Research Searle Diagnostics, Inc. 2000 Nuclear Drive Des Plaines, Illinois 60018

The development of algorithms for Radionuclide Computed Tomography (RCT) is complicated by the presence of attenuation of gamma-rays inside the body. Some of the existing RCT reconstruction algorithms apply approximation formulas to the projection data for attenuation correction, while others take attenuation into account through some iterative procedures. The drawbacks of these algorithms are that the approximation formulas commonly used are generally inadequate and the iterative procedures are usually very time-consuming. The method for attenuation correction in RCT, which we propose, applied a simple, effective two-step procedure to the uncorrected image. In this procedure the filtered back-projection algorithm is used for its fast speed. A simple mathematical basis and description of the procedure together with some illustrative computer results are given in this paper.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 1 )