Fast three-dimensional phase retrieval in propagation-based x-ray tomography (2018)
AuthorsThompson D, Nesterets YI, Pavlov KM, Gureyev Tshow all
The following paper describes a method for three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of multi-material objects based on propagation-based X-ray phase-contrast tomography (PB-CT) with phase retrieval using the homogenous form of the Transport-of-Intensity equation (TIE-Hom). Unlike conventional PB-CT algorithms that perform phase retrieval of individual projections, the described post-reconstruction phase-retrieval method is applied in 3D to a localised region of the CT-reconstructed volume. We demonstrate via numerical simulations the accuracy and noise characteristics of the method under a variety of experimental conditions, comparing it to both conventional absorption tomography and two-dimensional (2D) TIE-Hom phase retrieval applied to projection images. The results indicate that the 3D post-reconstruction method generally achieves a modest improvement in noise suppression over existing PB-CT methods. It is also shown that potentially large computational gains over projection-based phase retrieval for multi-material samples are possible. In particular, constraining phase retrieval to a localised 3D region of interest reduces the overall computational cost and eliminates the need for multiple CT reconstructions and global 2D phase retrieval operations for each material within the sample.
ANZSRC Fields of Research02 - Physical Sciences::0299 - Other Physical Sciences::029903 - Medical Physics
11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1103 - Clinical Sciences::110320 - Radiology and Organ Imaging
02 - Physical Sciences::0299 - Other Physical Sciences::029901 - Biological Physics