A mathematical observer study for evaluation of a model-based compensation method for crosstalk in simultaneous dual isotope SPECT

X. Song, E. C. Frey, X. He, W. P. Segars, B. M.W. Tsui

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


We have previously developed a model-based method to compensate for the crosstalk in simultaneous acquisition of Tc-99m stress and Tl-201 rest myocardial perfusion SPECT. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the performance of this method in terms of a defect detection task using a mathematical Channelized Hoteling Observer (CHO) study. In this study we also optimized the iteration number in reconstruction of Tl distributions. A population of male and female NCAT phantoms were used to realistically model variation in patients. Both defect-free and defect-present data of Tc and Tl were simulated using the SimSET/PHG codes and our newly developed and validated angular response function (ARF) method to mimic simultaneous acquisition and separate acquisition. Poisson noise was modeled at clinically realistic levels. The Tl data were reconstructed using filtered backprojection (FBP) and ordered subset expectation maximization (OSEM) algorithms for up to 20 iterations with and without the model-based crosstalk compensation (MBC). CHO methodology and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis were applied to short axis Tl images to obtain ROC curves and area under ROC curves (AUC). The AUC values were compared with those from separately acquired data reconstructed using FBP and OSEM algorithms. The results show that a relatively small number of iteration (∼3) is optimal for the post-reconstruction filtering cutoff frequency of 0.16 pixel-1 used in this study. Also, the AUC values obtained with the MBC were significantly better than those without crosstalk compensation and those with the FBP reconstruction method applied to the separately acquired data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberM9-4
Pages (from-to)2521-2525
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record - Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2003Oct 25 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'A mathematical observer study for evaluation of a model-based compensation method for crosstalk in simultaneous dual isotope SPECT'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this