Generative noise reduction in dental cone-beam CT by a selective anatomy analytic iteration reconstruction algorithm

Lam Dao-Ngoc, Yi Chun Du

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Dental cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a powerful tool in clinical treatment planning, especially in a digital dentistry platform. Currently, the “as low as diagnostically acceptable” (ALADA) principle and diagnostic ability are a trade-off in most of the 3D integrated applications, especially in the low radio-opaque densified tissue structure. The CBCT benefits in comprehensive diagnosis and its treatment prognosis for post-operation predictability are clinically known in modern dentistry. In this paper, we propose a new algorithm called the selective anatomy analytic iteration reconstruction (SA2IR) algorithm for the sparse-projection set. The algorithm was simulated on a phantom structure analogous to a patient’s head for geometric similarity. The proposed algorithm is projection-based. Interpolated set enrichment and trio-subset enhancement were used to reduce the generative noise and maintain the scan’s clinical diagnostic ability. The results show that proposed method was highly applicable in medico-dental imaging diagnostics fusion for the computer-aided treatment planning, because it had significant generative noise reduction and lowered computational cost when compared to the other common contemporary algorithms for sparse projection, which generate a low-dosed CBCT reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1381
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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