A joint-reconstruction approach for single-shot edge illumination x-ray phase-contrast tomography

Yujia Chen, Huifeng Guan, Charlotte K. Hagen, Alessandro Olivo, Mark A. Anastasio

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Edge illumination X-ray phase-contrast tomography (EIXPCT) is an imaging technique that estimates the spatially variant X-ray refractive index and absorption distribution within an object while seeking to circumvent the limitations of previous benchtop implementations of X-ray phase-contrast tomography. As with gratingor analyzer-based methods, conventional image reconstruction methods for EIXPCT require that two or more images be acquired at each tomographic view angle. This requirement leads to increased data acquisition times, hindering in vivo applications. To circumvent these limitations, a joint reconstruction (JR) approach is proposed that concurrently produces estimates of the refractive index and absorption distributions from a tomographic data set containing only a single image per tomographic view angle. The JR reconstruction method solves a nonlinear optimization problem by use of a novel iterative gradient-based algorithm. The JR method is demonstrated in both computer-simulated and experimental EIXPCT studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2017
Subtitle of host publicationPhysics of Medical Imaging
EditorsTaly Gilat Schmidt, Joseph Y. Lo, Thomas G. Flohr
ISBN (Electronic)9781510607095
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging - Orlando, United States
Duration: Feb 13 2017Feb 16 2017

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Joint reconstruction
  • Phase-contrast imaging
  • Single-shot imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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