MARS Spectral CT: Image quality performance parameters using the Medipix3.0 detector
Thesis DisciplineMedical Physics
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The research in this thesis was undertaken because information on the relationship between scan parameters and image quality for the MARS spectral CT was lacking. However, the MARS spectral CT is expected to extend into clinical use in the future, so it is absolutely crucial that we know how the quality of the images that it produces is effected by different can parameters. This will allow us to make further improvements to the machine, and ultimately help clinicians to visualise important information in patients which are not revealed by other imaging modalities. This thesis provides information on how the image quality is affected by different scan parameters on the MARS spectral CT using a Medipix3 silicon quad detector. In particular, it explores how different numbers of projections, exposure time products (mAs), and peak tube voltages (kVp) with different threshold energies (kV) effect the image noise, image resolution and image uniformity, respectively. This provides a set of guidelines for future work using the MARS scanner to obtain images of optimal quality. This thesis also determines that the new image reconstruction software mART developed by Niels de Ruiter, is a suitable replacement for the reconstruction software OctopusCT that is currently being used by the MARS team. Using mART reduces the scan times and dose delivered by the MARS spectral CT.