High Performance 3D PET Reconstruction Using Spherical Basis Functions on a Polar Grid.
AuthorCabello, J; Gillam, JE; Rafecas, M
Source TitleInternational Journal of Biomedical Imaging
University of Melbourne Author/sGillam, John
AffiliationCentre for Youth Mental Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCabello, J., Gillam, J. E. & Rafecas, M. (2012). High Performance 3D PET Reconstruction Using Spherical Basis Functions on a Polar Grid.. Int J Biomed Imaging, 2012, pp.452910-. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/452910.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3323846
Statistical iterative methods are a widely used method of image reconstruction in emission tomography. Traditionally, the image space is modelled as a combination of cubic voxels as a matter of simplicity. After reconstruction, images are routinely filtered to reduce statistical noise at the cost of spatial resolution degradation. An alternative to produce lower noise during reconstruction is to model the image space with spherical basis functions. These basis functions overlap in space producing a significantly large number of non-zero elements in the system response matrix (SRM) to store, which additionally leads to long reconstruction times. These two problems are partly overcome by exploiting spherical symmetries, although computation time is still slower compared to non-overlapping basis functions. In this work, we have implemented the reconstruction algorithm using Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) technology for speed and a precomputed Monte-Carlo-calculated SRM for accuracy. The reconstruction time achieved using spherical basis functions on a GPU was 4.3 times faster than the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and 2.5 times faster than a CPU-multi-core parallel implementation using eight cores. Overwriting hazards are minimized by combining a random line of response ordering and constrained atomic writing. Small differences in image quality were observed between implementations.
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