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Phys Med Biol. 2009 Sep 7;54(17):N385-91. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/54/17/N02. Epub 2009 Aug 6.

Ring artifact correction for high-resolution micro CT.

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Institute of Medical Physics, University of Erlangen-N├╝rnberg, Germany.


In high-resolution micro CT using flat detectors (FD), imperfect or defect detector elements may cause concentric-ring artifacts due to their continuous over- or underestimation of attenuation values, which often disturb image quality. We here present a dedicated image-based ring artifact correction method for high-resolution micro CT, based on median filtering of the reconstructed image and working on a transformed version of the reconstructed images in polar coordinates. This post-processing method reduced ring artifacts in the reconstructed images and improved image quality for phantom and in in vivo scans. Noise and artifacts were reduced both in transversal and in multi-planar reformations along the longitudinal axis.

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