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Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar - Zoom webinar at 3 pm on Tuesday, August 25th

  • 25 Aug 2020
  • 3:00 PM

Our next Imaging and Optical Physics Seminar which will be held on-line via Zoom (see connection details below) from 3 pm on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. The presenters  will be Dr Owen Dillion (University of Sydney) and Dr Andrew Kingston (Australian National University). You can find the information about the presenters and their talks below.


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Webinar Agenda:


Dr Owen Dillon (ACRF Image X Institute, University of Sydney)

Title: Faster, Safer, Clearer X-Ray Imaging through Respiratory Motion Compensation

Abstract: Effective Radiation Therapy of lung cancer requires the treatment beam be carefully guided to cancerous tissue while sparing healthy tissue. The current standard pre-treatment scan is 4D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in which 1,320 2D x-ray images are acquired over 4 minutes, retrospectively sorted by respiratory phase, and used to reconstruct each 3D frame of the 4D image used for guiding the beam. This contributes a substantial amount of time and dose to each 15-30 minute treatment performed over 20-40 days. 
In this talk I will present results from a first-in-human clinical trial, in which we produce clearer 4D images from just 200 2D x-ray images acquired over 1-2 minutes. We achieve this through 2 motion compensation technologies developed at the ACRF Image X Institute. The first is Respiratory Motion Guided (RMG) acquisition, where the imaging hardware adapts in real time to patient respiration, to ensure each 2D image contains the most useful information for 4D reconstruction. The second is Motion Compensated reconstruction, in which a motion model is estimated as part of the reconstruction, allowing each 2D image to contribute to each 3D frame of the 4D reconstruction.


Dr Andrew Kingston (Australian National University)

Title: Exploring the potential for quantitative x-ray tomography in the lab


Abstract: I will first briefly introduce the lab-based x-ray microtomography group at ANU and its capabilities. To date we have focused on imaging high-resolution 3D morphology, i.e., shape/structure, for measurement/modelling of mechanical and transport properties of samples. Over the last few years we have started exploring the potential for quantitative imaging of 3D volumes using the Alvarez-Macovski model for x-ray attenuation. This typically requires imaging the sample with two different broadband X-ray spectra. This "dual-energy" imaging is costly in time and computation resources, and the high-energy scan contributes little information for many samples. I will present two methods we have developed that have the potential for quantitative 3D imaging using only a single broadband spectrum. The first relies on assumptions about material properties and the second uses the mean and variance of measured intensity data.

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