Reducing loss of image quality because of the attenuation artifact in uncorrected PET whole-body images

Johan Nuyts, Sigrid Stroobants, Patrick Dupont, Stefaan Vleugels, Patrick Flamen, Luc Mortelmans
2002 Journal of Nuclear Medicine  
In whole-body PET, it is not unusual to shorten the study time by omitting the transmission scan and to ignore attenuation during reconstruction. If a transmission scan is available, many centers reconstruct the images with, but also without, attenuation correction. Although ignoring attenuation leads to an artifact in the reconstructed images, these images still provide valuable diagnostic information in oncologic applications. Several authors have reported that the attenuation artifact may
more » ... ually increase the tumor-to-background ratio. In this study, we analyzed the causes of the artifact and proposed a new algorithm to reduce the adverse effects on visual image quality.
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