MedTechLabs Seminar: Photon-counting CT reconstruction with a deep-learning-based physics model
This thesis is a first step towards showing that deep learning model corrections are a viable way of accelerating the reconstruction process in Photon-Counting CT
Time: Thu 2021-06-17 16.00
Lecturer: Emanuel Ström, KTH
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Photon-Counting CT is a rapidly developing alternative to conventional CT that promises higher spatial resolution, more accurate material separation and more robust reconstructions. A challenge when developing Photon-Counting CT image reconstruction methods is accounting for nonidealities in the image acquisition, such as cross-talk between detector pixels, which can generate artifacts if not corrected for. In this thesis, we accelerate image reconstruction tasks for photon-counting CT by approximating the cross-talk component of the forward operator with a deep neural network, resulting in a learned forward operator. The learned operator reduces reconstruction error by an order of magnitude at the cost of a 20% increase in computation time, compared to ignoring cross-talk altogether. Furthermore, it generalises well to both unseen data and unseen detector settings. This thesis is a first step towards showing that deep learning model corrections are a viable way of accelerating the reconstruction process in Photon-Counting CT.
Emanuael Ström, KTH, presents his master thesis "Learning the Forward Operator in Photon-Counting Computed Tomograph"