エアギャップファントムを利用したスリット法によるCT画像のMTF測定法 Method of Measuring Modulation Transfer Function in Computed Tomography Using Slit Method with Air Gap Phantom
There are several methods for measuring modulation transfer function (MTF) in computed tomography (CT) images. The aluminum slit method, scanning a phantom consisting of a thin aluminum foil sandwiched by flat plastic slabs, is a standard method for measuring field of view (FOV) in clinical CT scan. But this method requires extreme caution when handling metal foil of high precision. Therefore, we devised a more simple method named air gap slit (AS) method. This new technique is based on the aluminum slit method but use air gap instead of metal foil between phantoms. The MTF was calculated from a reversed profile curve of air slit which indicated minimum CT number. The aim of this study was to investigate a possibility of AS method evaluating MTF. We investigated fluctuation of MTF and FOV in clinical CT scan compared with the aluminum slit method. The result showed that the fluctuation of MTF was caused by statistics noise and is more affected by a bone kernel than standard kernel when reconstructing. Also, the MTF value in AS method was slightly higher than in aluminum slit method and did not correspond with. AS method is a useful method for measurement of MTF in clinical CT scan. When we use this method, we have to take into consideration the noise influence of data.
日本放射線技術學會雜誌 68(3), 240-246, 2012-03-20