Organ-specific context-sensitive CT image reconstruction and display

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Publication Details

Author(s): Dorn S, Chen S, Sawall S, Simons D, May M, Maier J, Knaup M, Schlemmer HP, Maier A, Lell M, Kachelriess M
Title edited volumes: Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Publisher: SPIE
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 10573
Conference Proceedings Title: Proc.SPIE
Pages range: 10573-10573-7
ISBN: 9781510616356
ISSN: 1605-7422


In this work, we present a novel method to combine mutually exclusive CT image properties that emerge from different reconstruction kernels and display settings into a single organ-specific image reconstruction and display. We propose a context-sensitive reconstruction that locally emphasizes desired image properties by exploiting prior anatomical knowledge. Furthermore, we introduce an organ-specific windowing and display method that aims at providing a superior image visualization. Using a coarse-to-fine hierarchical 3D fully convolutional network (3D U-Net), the CT data set is segmented and classified into different organs, e.g. the heart, vasculature, liver, kidney, spleen and lung, as well as into the tissue types bone, fat, soft tissue and vessels. Reconstruction and display parameters most suitable for the organ, tissue type, and clinical indication are chosen automatically from a predefined set of reconstruction parameters on a per-voxel basis. The approach is evaluated using patient data acquired with a dual source CT system. The final context-sensitive images simultaneously link the indication-specific advantages of different parameter settings and result in images joining tissue-related desired image properties. A comparison with conventionally reconstructed and displayed images reveals an improved spatial resolution in highly attenuating objects and air while maintaining a low noise level in soft tissue in the compound image. The images present significantly more information to the reader simultaneously and dealing with multiple volumes may no longer be necessary. The presented method is useful for the clinical workflow and bears the potential to increase the rate of incidental findings.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Chen, Shuqing
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Knaup, Michael Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Physik
Maier, Andreas Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
May, Matthias PD Dr.
Radiologisches Institut

External institutions with authors

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ)
Klinikum Nürnberg

How to cite

Dorn, S., Chen, S., Sawall, S., Simons, D., May, M., Maier, J.,... Kachelriess, M. (2018). Organ-specific context-sensitive CT image reconstruction and display. In Proc.SPIE (pp. 10573-10573-7). Houston, US: SPIE.

Dorn, Sabrina, et al. "Organ-specific context-sensitive CT image reconstruction and display." Proceedings of the Medical Imaging 2018: Physics of Medical Imaging, Houston, US SPIE, 2018. 10573-10573-7.


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