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A motion correction approach for oral and maxillofacial cone-beam CT imaging

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  • Tao Sun, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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  • Reinhilde Jacobs, University of Leuven and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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  • Ruben Pauwels
  • Elisabeth Tijskens, University of Leuven and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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  • Roger Fulton, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital
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  • Johan Nuyts, KU Leuven

Patient movement affects image quality in oral and maxillofacial cone-beam computed tomography imaging. While many efforts are made to minimize the possibility of motion during a scan, relatively little attention has been given to motion correction after acquisition. We propose a novel method which can improve the image quality after an oral and maxillofacial scan. The proposed method is based on our previous work and is a retrospective motion estimation and motion compensation (ME/MC) approach that iteratively estimates and compensates for rigid pose change over time. During motion estimation, image update and motion update are performed alternately in a multi-resolution scheme to obtain the motion. We propose use of a feature-based motion update and patch-based image update in the iterative estimation process, to alleviate the effect of limited scan field of view on estimation. During motion compensation, a fine-resolution image reconstruction was performed with compensation for the estimated motion. The proposed ME/MC method was evaluated with simulations, phantom and patient studies. Two experts in dentomaxillofacial radiology assessed the diagnostic importance of the resulting motion artifact suppression. The quality of the reconstructed images was improved after motion compensation, and most of the image artifacts were eliminated. Quantitative analysis by comparison to a reference image and by calculation of a sharpness metric agreed with the qualitative observation. The results are promising, and further evaluation is required to assess the clinical value of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125008
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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