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Constrained TpV-minimization for Enhanced Exploitation of Gradient Sparsity: Application to CT Image Reconstruction

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Constrained TpV-minimization for Enhanced Exploitation of Gradient Sparsity: Application to CT Image Reconstruction
Exploiting sparsity in the image gradient magnitude has proved to be an effective means for reducing the sampling rate in the projection view angle in computed tomography (CT). Most of the image reconstruction algorithms developed for this purpose solve a nonsmooth convex optimization problem involving the image total variation (TV). The TV seminorm is the `1 norm of the image gradient magnitude, and reducing the `1 norm is known to encourage sparsity in its argument. Recently, there has been interest in employing nonconvex `p quasinorms with 0 < p < 1 for sparsity exploiting image reconstruction, which is potentially more effective than `1 because nonconvex `p is closer to `0 – a direct measure of sparsity. This work develops algorithms for constrained minimization of the total p- variation (TpV), `p of the image gradient. Use of the algorithms is illustrated in the context of breast CT – an imaging modality which is still in the research phase and for which constraints on X-ray dose are extremely tight. The TpV-based image reconstruction algorithms are demonstrated on computer simulated data for exploiting gradient magnitude sparsity to reduce the projection view angle sampling. The proposed algorithms are applied to projection data from a realistic breast CT simulation, where the total X-ray dose is equivalent to two-view digital mammography. Following the simulation survey, the algorithms are then demonstrated on a clinical breast CT data set.
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E SidkyE Sidky
Dr. Sidky has held academic positions in Physics at the University of Copenhagen and Kansas State University. He then switched to Medical Physics joining the University of Chicago in 2001, where he is now a Research Associate Professor. His current
interests are in CT image reconstruction, large-scale optimization, and objective assessment of image quality.

R ChartrandR Chartrand
Dr. Chartrand is currently a technical staff member in the Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group. His research interests include compressive sensing, nonconvex continuous optimization, image processing, dictionary learning, computing on accelerated platforms, and geometric modeling of high-dimensional data.

J BooneJ Boone
Dr. Boone joined the faculty at University of California, Davis (Sacramento, Ca) in 1992, where he is now Professor and Vice Chair (Research) of Radiology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. His interests are in the development of dedicated breast computed tomography (CT) systems, radiation dosimetry in CT, and image quality assessment in breast imaging and body CT.

X PanX Pan
Dr. Pan is currently a Professor in the Departments of Radiology and Radiation & Cellular Oncology and the Committee on Medical Physics at The University of Chicago. His research interest centers on physics, algorithms, and applications of tomographic imaging.

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