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Visual grading evaluation of commercially available metal artefact reduction techniques in hip prosthesis computed tomography
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Department of Medical Physics.
Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Department of Radiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3253-8967
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Department of Radiology.
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2016 (English)In: British Journal of Radiology, ISSN 0007-1285, E-ISSN 1748-880X, Vol. 89, no 1063, 20150993Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To evaluate metal artefact reduction (MAR) techniques from four computed tomography (CT) vendors in hip prosthesis imaging.

Methods: Bilateral hip prosthesis phantom images, obtained by using MAR algorithms for single energy CT data or dual energy CT (DECT) data and by monoenergetic reconstructions of DECT data, were visually graded by five radiologists using ten image quality criteria. Comparisons between the MAR images and a reference image were performed for each scanner separately. Ordinal probit regression analysis was used.

Results: The MAR algorithms in general improved the image quality based on the majority of the criteria (up to between 8/10 and 10/10) with a statistically improvement in overall image quality (P<0.001). However, degradation of image quality, such as new artefacts, was seen in some cases. A few monoenergetic reconstruction series improved the image quality (P<0.004) for one of the DECT scanners, but it was only improved for some of the criteria (up to 5/10). Monoenergetic reconstructions resulted in worse image quality for the majority of the criteria (up to 7/10) for the other DECT scanner.

Conclusions: The MAR algorithms improved the image quality of the hip prosthesis CT images. However, since additional artefacts and degradation of image quality were seen in some cases, all algorithms should be carefully evaluated for every clinical situation. Monoenergetic reconstructions were in general concluded to be insufficient for reducing metal artifacts. Advances in knowledge: Qualitative evaluation of the usefulness of several MAR techniques from different vendors in CT imaging of hip prosthesis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, United Kingdom: British Institute of Radiology , 2016. Vol. 89, no 1063, 20150993
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-50103DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20150993ISI: 000378096400009PubMedID: 27123700OAI: diva2:925863
Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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