Image-domain cardiac motion compensation in multidirectional digital chest tomosynthesis

Chumin Zhao, Magdalena Herbst, Thomas Weber, Sebastian Vogt, Ludwig Ritschl, Steffen Kappler, Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen, Wojciech Zbijewski

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We investigate an image-based strategy to compensate for cardiac motion-induced artifacts in Digital Chest Tomosynthesis (DCT). We apply the compensation to conventional unidirectional vertical "a†•"scan DCT and to a multidirectional circular trajectory O providing improved depth resolution. Propagation of heart motion into the lungs was simulated as a dynamic deformation. The studies investigated a range of motion propagation distances and scan times. Projection-domain retrospective gating was used to detect heart phases. Sparsely sampled reconstructions of each phase were deformably aligned to yield a motion compensated image with reduced sampling artifacts. The proposed motion compensation mitigates artifacts and blurring in DCT images both for "a†•"and O scan trajectories. Overall, the "O"orbit achieved the same or better nodule structural similarity index in than the conventional "a†•"orbit. Increasing the scan time improved the sampling of individual phase reconstructions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2021
Subtitle of host publicationPhysics of Medical Imaging
EditorsHilde Bosmans, Wei Zhao, Lifeng Yu
ISBN (Electronic)9781510640191
StatePublished - 2021
EventMedical Imaging 2021: Physics of Medical Imaging - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2021Feb 19 2021

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2021: Physics of Medical Imaging
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Cardiac motion compensation
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Pulmonary x-ray imaging
  • Robotic x-ray systems
  • Tomosynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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