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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2009 Jun;30(6):1088-95. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A1653. Epub 2009 May 13.

Conebeam CT of the head and neck, part 1: physical principles.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, University Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5030, USA. amiracle@med.umich.edu

Abstract

Conebeam x-ray CT (CBCT) is a developing imaging technique designed to provide relatively low-dose high-spatial-resolution visualization of high-contrast structures in the head and neck and other anatomic areas. This first installment in a 2-part review will address the physical principles underlying CBCT imaging as it is used in dedicated head and neck scanners. Concepts related to CBCT acquisition geometry, flat panel detection, and image quality will be explored in detail. Particular emphasis will be placed on technical limitations to low-contrast detectability and radiation dose. Proposed methods of x-ray scatter reduction will also be discussed.

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