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Current Topics in Medical Physics Research. Xiaoming Zheng, PhD. School of Dentistry and Health Science Chengdu, China, 2009. Current Research Interests . Image reconstruction algorithms Scatter and resolution corrections Image quality assessment Clinical image analysis

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Current Topics in Medical Physics Research

Xiaoming Zheng, PhD.

School of Dentistry and Health Science

Chengdu, China, 2009

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Current Research Interests

  • Image reconstruction algorithms

  • Scatter and resolution corrections

  • Image quality assessment

  • Clinical image analysis

  • Computer aided diagnosis

  • Radiation detectors

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Filtered Back-Projection

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Butterworth Filter and Cutoff Frequency

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Iterative Reconstruction

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Rescaled Block Iterative Reconstruction Algorithm

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Attenuation Compensation

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Scatter Compensation

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Resolution Compensation

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Images Reconstructions

  • Iterative Reconstruction: Rescaled Block Iterative Algorithm including attenuation, scatter, and distance resolution compensation. Parameters tested: iteration 1,3,5,7,10 and post Gaussian filter FWHM 0,1,2,3,4 pixels

  • Filtered Back-Projection: Parameters tested: Butterworth filter cut-off frequencies: 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.30 pixel-1

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Reconstructed images



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Human and Numerical Observer Image Quality Studies

  • Human observer study using receiver operating characteristics

  • Numerical observer employing an ideal observer model.

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Receiver Operating Characteristics

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Numerical Observers

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Types of Channels

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Numerical Observer Results: RBI

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Human Observer Results

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Scatter and Cross-talk Correction in Dual Radionuclide Imaging

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The Neural Network

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Before Correction

After Correction

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Image Registration

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Statistical Parametric Mapping

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Radiation Dose Optimization in CT

  • Biological effect of ionizing radiation

  • Cancer rate vs radiation dose

  • Radiation dose reduction: image quality vs radiation dose

  • Technical parameters: kVp, mAs, etc.

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CT Scan Parameters and Dose Index



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CT Dose Index and image quality scores summary

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Single Slice CT Images

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16 Slice CT Images

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64 Slice CT Images

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Computer Assisted Diagnosis

  • Provide second opinion to radiologists.

  • FDA approved systems include breast and lung cancer detections.

  • Image processing

  • Image data base

  • Artificial intelligence.

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PET/SPECT Simulation Using GEANT

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Radiation Detectors

  • Room temperature Semiconductor Detectors: Materials and mechanisms

  • Magnetic resonance coils designs.

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Scintillator-based gamma camera

Detector head

(GE Medical Systems)

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CZT / NaI comparison

ELGEMS CZT pixilated

small field imager

Anger camera (NaI)

Test image

Thyroid phantom

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Semiconductor - CZT


CdZnTe: Gamma rays create electron/hole pairs. The gamma energy level is proportional to the electrical current.


CdZnTe (CZT)






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The GaAs detectors

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Hybrid Modalities – PET/CT

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Hybrid Imaging Systems

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New Imaging Systems

  • New detector technology.

  • Optical imaging: visible, ultraviolet, inferred.

  • Molecular imaging: PET, fMRI, Optical

  • Hybrid imaging systems.

  • T Herts imaging.

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Optical Imaging

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Teraherts Imaging

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Thickness of tissue probed

30 mm 100mm 1mm 1cm 10cm


400 nm

800 nm

1600 nm

10 mm

100 mm

Confocal/ multi-photon microscopy

Diffuse optical tomography

Optical coherence tomography


THz imaging

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Medical Physics Topics?

  • Treatment of depression: Transcranial magnetic stimulation.

  • Killing of cancer cells: Electric field on biological molecules.

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