Attenuation correction with region growing method used in the positron emission mammography imaging system

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GU Xiao-Yue, LI Lin, YIN Peng-Fei, YUN Ming-Kai, CHAI Pei, HUANG Xian-Chao, SUN Xiao-Li and WEI Long. Attenuation correction with region growing method used in the positron emission mammography imaging system[J]. Chinese Physics C, 2015, 39(10): 108202. doi: 10.1088/1674-1137/39/10/108202
GU Xiao-Yue, LI Lin, YIN Peng-Fei, YUN Ming-Kai, CHAI Pei, HUANG Xian-Chao, SUN Xiao-Li and WEI Long. Attenuation correction with region growing method used in the positron emission mammography imaging system[J]. Chinese Physics C, 2015, 39(10): 108202.  doi: 10.1088/1674-1137/39/10/108202 shu
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Attenuation correction with region growing method used in the positron emission mammography imaging system

    Corresponding author: GU Xiao-Yue,

Abstract: The Positron Emission Mammography imaging system (PEMi) provides a novel nuclear diagnosis method dedicated for breast imaging. With a better resolution than whole body PET, PEMi can detect millimeter-sized breast tumors. To address the requirement of semi-quantitative analysis with a radiotracer concentration map of the breast, a new attenuation correction method based on a three-dimensional seeded region growing image segmentation (3DSRG-AC) method has been developed. The method gives a 3D connected region as the segmentation result instead of image slices. The continuity property of the segmentation result makes this new method free of activity variation of breast tissues. The threshold value chosen is the key process for the segmentation method. The first valley in the grey level histogram of the reconstruction image is set as the lower threshold, which works well in clinical application. Results show that attenuation correction for PEMi improves the image quality and the quantitative accuracy of radioactivity distribution determination. Attenuation correction also improves the probability of detecting small and early breast tumors.

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