The KEST (K-Edge Spectral micro-Tomography) project aims at proposing a K-edge Computed Tomography (CT) setup based on a conventional X-ray source and the photon counting CdTe detector Pixirad-I/Pixie-III. With accurate tuning of energy thresholds and source settings, the proposed setup is able to produce in a single exposure two images (one above and one below) the K-edge of a specific element, such as e.g. a contrast agent. Doing so, the contrast and virtual non-contrast images are available in a single acquisition. This opens to potential applications of this technique for in vivo spectral small animals imaging.
Figure 1. Sketch of the test object prepared for CT spectral imaging (on the left); Order and composition of the considered pipettes as results from an axial CT slice (on the right).
Figure 2. CT axial slices (512x512 pixels) collected with accurate tuning of the detector energy thresholds: low-energy image (on the left); high-energy image (on the right).
Figure 3. K-Edge Subtraction (KES) image where only iodine is highlighted (on the left) and color overlay over the combination of low and high images.
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Brun, F. et al. K-edge spectral computed tomography with a photon counting detector and discrete reconstruction (2018) Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBC, art. no. 8513425.
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