Journal Article Temporal resolution measurement of 128-slice dual source and 320-row area detector computed tomography scanners in helical acquisition mode using the impulse method

Hara, Takanori  ,  Urikura, Atsushi  ,  Ichikawa, Katsuhiro  ,  Hoshino, Takashi  ,  Nishimaru, Eiji  ,  Niwa, Shinji

32 ( 4 )  , pp.625 - 630 , 2016-04-01 , Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica / Elsevier
Purpose: To analyse the temporal resolution (TR) of modern computed tomography (CT) scanners using the impulse method, and assess the actual maximum TR at respective helical acquisition modes. Methods: To assess the actual TR of helical acquisition modes of a 128-slice dual source CT (DSCT) scanner and a 320-row area detector CT (ADCT) scanner, we assessed the TRs of various acquisition combinations of a pitch factor (P) and gantry rotation time (R). Results: The TR of the helical acquisition modes for the 128-slice DSCT scanner continuously improved with a shorter gantry rotation time and greater pitch factor. However, for the 320-row ADCT scanner, the TR with a pitch factor of <1.0 was almost equal to the gantry rotation time, whereas with pitch factor of >1.0, it was approximately one half of the gantry rotation time. The maximum TR values of single- and dual-source helical acquisition modes for the 128-slice DSCT scanner were 0.138 (R/. P = 0.285/1.5) and 0.074. s (R/. P = 0.285/3.2), and the maximum TR values of the 64. ×. 0.5- and 160. ×. 0.5-mm detector configurations of the helical acquisition modes for the 320-row ADCT scanner were 0.120 (R/. P = 0.275/1.375) and 0.195. s (R/. P = 0.3/0.6), respectively. Conclusion: Because the TR of a CT scanner is not accurately depicted in the specifications of the individual scanner, appropriate acquisition conditions should be determined based on the actual TR measurement. © 2016 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica.

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