Simultaneous achievement of accurate CT number and image quality improvement for myocardial perfusion CT at 320-MDCT volume scanning

Yoshinori Funama, Katsuyuki Taguchi, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Seitaro Oda, Toshiaki Shimonobo, Hideaki Yuki, Masafumi Kidoh, Yasuyuki Yamashita

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Purpose: To investigate differences in image-to-image variations between full- and half-scan reconstruction on myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) study.Methods: Using a cardiac phantom we performed ECG-gated myocardial CTP on a second-generation 320-multidetector CT volume scanner. The heart rate was set at 60 bpm; once per second for a total of 24 s were performed. CT images were acquired at 80- and 120 kVp and subjected to full- and half-scan reconstruction. On images acquired at the same slice level we then measured image-to-image variations, coefficients of variance (CV), and image noise.Results: The image-to-image variations with full- and half-scan reconstruction were 1.3 HU vs. 27.2 HU at 80 kVp (p < 0.001) and 0.70 HU vs. 9.3 HU at 120 kVp (p < 0.001) even though the mean HU value was almost the same for both reconstruction methods. The CV of 80- and 120-kVp images of the left ventricular cavity decreased by 0.16% and 0.17%, respectively, with full-scan reconstruction; with half-scan reconstruction it decreased by 3.34% and 2.30%, respectively. Compared with half-scan reconstruction, the image noise was reduced by 27.2% at 80 kVp and by 28.0% at 120 kVp with full-scan reconstruction.Conclusion: Myocardial CTP with full-scan reconstruction substantially decreased image-to-image variations and provided accurate CT attenuation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-707
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Medica
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2015


  • 320-Detector volume scanner
  • Full-scan reconstruction
  • Half-scan reconstruction
  • Image-to-image variation
  • Myocardial CT perfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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