Abstract: Simultaneous Estimation of X-ray Back-scatter and Forward-scatter using Multi-task Learning

Philipp Roser, Xia Zhong, Annette Birkhold, Alexander Preuhs, Christopher Syben, Elisabeth Hoppe, Norbert Strobel, Markus Kowarschik, Rebecca Fahrig, Andreas Maier
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Mustererkennung


Scattered radiation is a major concern that affects X-ray imageguided procedures in two ways. First, in complicated procedures, backscatter significantly contributes to the patient's (skin) dose. Second, forward scatter reduces contrast in projection images and introduces artifacts in 3-D reconstructions. While conventionally used anti-scatter grids improve image quality by blocking X-rays, its attenuation must be compensated by a higher input dose. When quantifying the skin dose, backscatter is usually considered by applying predetermined scalar backscatter factors or linear point spread functions to the patient's skin entrance dose. However, since patients have different shapes, the generalization of conventional methods is limited. Here, we propose a novel approach that combines traditional techniques with multi-task learning to estimate the forward and backscatter simultaneously. In a simulation study including head and thorax data, we jointly estimated forward and backscatter with 94% accuracy on average and outperformed the associated singletask approaches. In the future, the inclusion of a first-order scatter estimate based on the patient model is a promising approach to increase the overall performance and the physical plausibility [1]. 

Postersession 3, Imaging and Image Reconstruction


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1. Roser P, Zhong X, Birkhold A, et al. Simultaneous Estimation of X-ray Back-Scatter and Forward-Scatter using Multi-Task Learning. In: Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. Springer; 2020. p. 199-208.

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