Energy Discriminating Patents (Class 378/5)
  • Patent number: 11373299
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an X-ray exposure area regulation method, a storage medium, and an X-ray system. The X-ray exposure area regulation method may include: monitoring the state of an object under test (OUT) in real time and acquiring an initial image of the OUT when the state of the OUT satisfies the preset condition, determining an area of interest (AOI) in said initial image, and setting said X-ray exposure area based on the information of said AOI. Automatic regulation of an exposure area in the X-ray system can be realized according to the OUT. This not only facilitates operations and improves test efficiency, but also frees patients from exposure to unnecessary radiations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Heathcare GmbH
    Inventor: Wei He
  • Patent number: 11344266
    Abstract: Various aspects include methods for use in X-ray detectors for adjusting count measurements from pixel detectors within a pixelated detector module to correct for the effects of pileup events that occur when more than one photon is absorbed in a pixel detector during a deadtime of the detector system. In various embodiments, count measurements may be obtained at two different X-ray tube currents, from which the detector system deadtime may be calculated based on the two count measurements and a ratio of the two X-ray tube currents. Using the calculated deadtime, a pileup correction factor may be determined appropriate for the behavior of the detector system in response to pileup events. The pileup correction factor may be applied to pixel detector count values after the counts have been corrected for pixel-to-pixel differences using a flat field correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: REDLEN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Krzysztof Iniewski, Elmaddin Guliyev, Conny Hansson
  • Patent number: 11328423
    Abstract: A method is for the characterization of plaque in a region of interest inside an examination subject by way of a plurality of image data sets. The image data sets have been reconstructed from a plurality of projection data sets, which have been acquired via a CT device using different X-ray energy spectra. The method includes: acquiring the image data sets, which include a plurality of pixels. Spectral parameter values are acquired on a pixel by pixel basis using at least two image data sets. Character parameter values are then acquired on a pixel by pixel basis to characterize plaques on the basis of the spectral parameter values. An analysis unit and a computed tomography system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Flohr, Bernhard Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11289188
    Abstract: A system, method and computer readable storage medium for generating a context driven summary view of medical findings by retrieving a current study including at least one image to be analyzed, extracting current context information from the current study and storing the current context information in a database and matching the current context information with prior context information from prior studies to return a set of relevant prior studies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Thusitha Dananjaya De Silva Mabotuwana, Ye Xu, Yuechen Qian, Gabriel Ryan Mankovich
  • Patent number: 11255981
    Abstract: There is provided a circuit (502; 503; 504) configured for operation with a multi-bin photon-counting x-ray detector (20) having multiple energy thresholds, wherein said circuit (502; 503; 504) is configured to obtain or generate several Total Time-Over-Threshold (TTOT) signals corresponding to several different energy thresholds, and provide energy integrating information based on said several TTOT signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: PRISMATIC SENSORS AB
    Inventor: Martin Sjölin
  • Patent number: 11216683
    Abstract: A computer aided scanning method for a medical device is provided in the present invention, comprising step 1: recognizing and analyzing a pre-scan image through a pre-trained neural network to determine and identify a region of interest in the pre-scan image; and step 2: determining, according to feature information of the identified region of interest, scanning parameters for further scanning of the region of interest. A medical device employing the above method and a computer readable storage medium for performing the method are further provided in the present invention. The method, the medical device, and the readable storage medium provided by the present invention can automatically identify a region of interest, determine a corresponding auxiliary line and subsequent scanning parameters, and improve the scanning efficiency and accuracy of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yongnan Ji, Bo Guo, Shiyu Li
  • Patent number: 11191509
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a system for computed tomography imaging. The method may comprise obtaining original data; obtaining a preprocessing result by preprocessing the original data; obtaining intensity of the artifact based on the preprocessing result; and updating a damaged channel or the air correction table based on the intensity of the artifact. Updating the air correction table may comprise: obtaining a first air correction table corresponding to a first temperature of detector; obtaining real-time temperature of detector; and obtaining a second air correction table corresponding to the real-time temperature based on the real-time temperature and the first air correction table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yifeng Jiang, Yingbiao Liu, Yanfeng Du
  • Patent number: 11179119
    Abstract: This X-ray fluoroscopic imaging apparatus includes a first arm, a second arm, and a controller. The controller is configured to move a second base to move the second arm to a position where the second arm does not interfere with the first arm when the first arm and the second arm interfere with each other and change the angle of the second arm so that the angle of the second arm becomes a predetermined imaging angle to arrange the first arm and the second arm at positions where the first arm and the second arm do not interfere with each other to perform imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Atsuo Saito
  • Patent number: 11179116
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems, and apparatus for controlling pulse pileup are provided. In one aspect, a method of controlling pulse pileup includes: obtaining scan protocol parameters of a computed tomography (CT) device, the scan protocol parameters including an exposure voltage, an exposure duration for each revolution of a scanning of an object, and a number of views for each revolution, determining an angle of a radioactive source for an i-th view based on the number of views and an initial position of the radioactive source, obtaining an optimal exposure current for the i-th view under the exposure voltage by minimizing an output value of an objective function for the i-th view, and determining a current view based on the exposure duration for each revolution and a current exposure moment to perform the scanning on the object with the optimal exposure current for the current view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Neusoft Medical Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shanshan Lou
  • Patent number: 11172897
    Abstract: A radiation phase contrast imaging device includes an X-ray source, an X-ray detector configured to detect radiated X-rays, a plurality of gratings, an image processor configured to generate a reconstructed image from an X-ray image acquired from the X-ray detector, a display, and a controller configured or programmed to perform control to display, on the display, the X-ray image before reconstruction and the reconstructed image generated by the image processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kimura, Taro Shirai, Takahiro Doki, Satoshi Sano, Akira Horiba, Naoki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11176642
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for image processing is provided. The method includes acquiring multiple multi-energy spectral scan datasets and computing basis material images representative of multiple basis materials from the multi-energy spectral scan datasets, wherein the multiple basis material images include correlated noise. The method also includes jointly denoising the multiple basis material images in at least a spectral domain utilizing a deep learning-based denoising network to generate multiple de-noised basis material images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: GE PRECISION HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Sathish Ramani, Lin Fu, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man
  • Patent number: 11156568
    Abstract: Various aspects include methods and devices for reducing the scanning time for an X-ray diffraction scanner system by increasing the count rate or efficiency of the energy discriminating X-ray detector. In a first embodiment, the count rate of the energy discriminating X-ray detector is increased by increasing the number of detectors counting X-ray scatter photon in particular energy bins by configuring individual pixel detectors within a 2-D X-ray detector array to count photons within specific energy bins. In a second embodiment, the gain of amplifier components in the detector processing circuitry is increased in order to increase the energy resolution of the detector. In a third embodiment, the individual pixel detectors within a 2-D X-ray detector array are configured to count photons within specific energy bins and the gain of amplifier components in the detector processing circuitry is increased in order to increase the energy resolution of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: REDLEN TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Krzysztof Iniewski, Michael Ayukawa, Conny Hansson
  • Patent number: 11134904
    Abstract: A method for operating a medical imaging apparatus includes acquiring an intensity distribution of an X-ray radiation by a first X-ray detector assigned to a first radiation source. A scattered radiation distribution of scattered radiation generated at the object is acquired by a second X-ray detector. A spatial distribution for the component of the scattered radiation is estimated based on the scattered radiation distribution acquired by the second X-ray detector. An intensity distribution of the component of the transmitted primary X-ray radiation is determined from the intensity distribution acquired by the first X-ray detector depending on the estimated spatial distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Lauritsch, Michael Manhart, Sebastian Bauer
  • Patent number: 11134912
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, medical image diagnostic apparatus includes a bed, a display, and processing circuitry. The bed movably supports a top plate. The display displays a setting window for setting an acquisition time of PET event data for each acquisition area. The processing circuitry sets an acquisition time for each acquisition area in response to a setting instruction of the acquisition time for each acquisition area. The acquisition area includes a unit acquisition area or a plurality of unit acquisition areas which overlap with each other with variable overlap ratio. The unit acquisition area corresponds to a coverage of a gamma ray detector. The processing circuitry adjusts the overlap ratio of at least one of two neighboring acquisition areas so that the boundary of the neighboring acquisition areas is set to a position designated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Kenta Moriyasu
  • Patent number: 11109823
    Abstract: A method is for controlling an x-ray imaging device, in particular a computed tomography device. The x-ray imaging device includes an x-ray source and a photon counting detector as an x-ray detector. The methods includes, for an image acquisition process of a patient: determining at least one input parameter relating to at least one of an attenuation property of the patient and a purpose of the image acquisition; at least one of determining or adapting at least one operation parameter of the x-ray detector, dependent upon the at least one input parameter determined; and performing the image acquisition using the at least one operation parameter determined or adapted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Flohr, Bernhard Schmidt, Katharine Lynn Rowley Grant
  • Patent number: 11099279
    Abstract: A detector signal is corrected by superimposing the detector signal with a correction signal. For providing a valid correction signal, a sampling pulse is periodically or randomly provided. The sampling pulse serves as the initiator for sampling a process signal. During the sampling, the process signal is observed. In case a pulse at the process signal is detected, the sampling is assumed as not being suitable to correct the detector signal, since the pulse affects the process signal. Otherwise, the process signal is further observed during a validation period to validate whether the sampled process value of the process signal has already been influenced by an upcoming pulse at the process signal. In case the sampling is assumed as valid, the sampled process value is used as a basis for providing the correction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Roger Steadman Booker, Christoph Herrmann, Amir Livne
  • Patent number: 11089960
    Abstract: A method for converting spectral CT datasets into electron density datasets with applications in the fields of medical image formation or radiation treatment planning. The method comprises a preparation method that fits free parameters of a generalized electron density prediction model based on obtained electron density values such as data on tissue substitutes, and a conversion method using the fitted parameter prediction model and spectrally decomposed CT data as first and second inputs, respectively. The method is particularly useful in dual-energy CT and more specifically in dual layer detector CT systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Nadav Hanan Shapira, Amiaz Altman, Yoad Yagil
  • Patent number: 11087507
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for processing projection data. The method may include obtaining a first image generated by performing a first scan to a subject by a first imaging device; determining first projection data based on the first image, the first projection data corresponding to a first area of the subject; obtaining second projection data by performing a second scan of the subject using a second imaging device, the second projection data corresponding to a second area of the subject, the first area at least partially overlapping with the second area in an overlapping area; determining registered first projection data by registering the first projection data to the second projection data with respect to the overlapping area; determining scatter component based on the registered first projection data and the second projection data, the scatter component including low-frequency scattered radiation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongcheng Yang, Jonathan Maltz
  • Patent number: 11064958
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an X-ray imaging apparatus and control method thereof, for guiding the user to intuitively recognize an actual dose of X-rays and select a proper dose, ultimately a condition for low dose of X-ray irradiation by providing the user with information about an actual X-ray dose to which an X-ray filter effect is reflected. In accordance with an aspect of the disclosure, an X-ray imaging apparatus includes: an X-ray source configured to generate and irradiate X-rays according to an X-ray irradiation condition including at least one of a tube voltage, a tube current, or a filter; a display configured to provide a graphic user interface to receive a choice about the X-ray irradiation condition; and a controller configured to obtain a parameter that represents a dose of radiation, to which an influence of the filter is reflected, based on the selected X-ray irradiation condition and control the display to display the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Cheol Park, Jong Ha Lee, Dong Wook Kim, Eun Mi Jung
  • Patent number: 11020070
    Abstract: A method of processing a signal measured by an energy-resolving detector after passage of radiation through a sample includes receiving a measured count rate for photonic interactions with the detector, fitting a signal model to the detected counts, wherein the signal model is configured to account for a pulse-pile-up effect, the signal model representing a conditional expectation of a frequency of at least uni-directional pulse crossing of at least one energy level, given a physical quantity of a material in the sample, wherein the signal model is expressed in terms of a Fourier representation of a pulse height variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Ewald Roessl
  • Patent number: 11009470
    Abstract: Based on counts detected by a photon counting detector, a characteristic of X-ray attenuation amounts ?t is acquired for each X-ray energy bin. This characteristic is defined by a plurality of mutually different known thicknesses t and linear attenuation coefficients in the X-ray transmission direction. This substance is composed of a material which is included in an object and which is the same in type as the object or which can be regarded as being similar to the object in terms of the effective atomic number. Correcting data for replacing the characteristic of the X-ray attenuation amounts ?t by a linear target characteristic are calculated. The linear target characteristic is set to pass through the origin of a two-dimensional coordinate having a lateral axis assigned to thicknesses t and a longitudinal axis assigned to the X-ray attenuation amounts ?t. The correcting data are calculated for each X-ray energy bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: JOB CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yamakawa, Shuichiro Yamamoto, Masahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 11004647
    Abstract: A source for generating ionizing radiation and in particular x-rays, to an assembly includes a plurality of sources and to a process for producing the source. The source for generating ionizing radiation comprises: a vacuum chamber; a cathode that is able to emit an electron beam into the vacuum chamber; an anode that receives the electron beam and that comprises a target that is able to generate ionizing radiation from the energy received from the electron beam; and an electrode that is placed in the vicinity of the cathode and forming a wehnelt. The electrode is formed from a conductive surface adhering to a concave face of a dielectric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Pascal Ponard
  • Patent number: 10987076
    Abstract: A tomosynthesis imaging apparatus includes: a radiation detector having an imaging surface that detects radiation transmitted through an object and captures a projection image of the object; a radiation source that has a plurality of radiation tubes which emit the radiation to the imaging surface at different irradiation angles and selectively irradiates the object with the radiation from each of the plurality of radiation tubes; and a radiation source control unit that performs focal position control for switching between positions of focuses where the radiation is emitted for at least one of the plurality of radiation tubes to change the radiation irradiation angle of the radiation tube with respect to the imaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Makino, Masayoshi Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10987077
    Abstract: A tomosynthesis imaging apparatus includes: a radiation detector having an imaging surface that detects radiation transmitted through an object and captures a projection image of the object; a radiation source that has a plurality of radiation tubes which emit the radiation to the imaging surface at different irradiation angles and selectively irradiates the object with the radiation from each of the plurality of radiation tubes; and a radiation source control unit that performs movement control for moving at least one of the plurality of radiation tubes to change the radiation irradiation angle of the radiation tube with respect to the imaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Makino, Masayoshi Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10984564
    Abstract: An imaging system (400) includes a radiation source (408) configured to emit X-ray radiation, a detector array (410) configured to detected X-ray radiation and generate projection data indicative thereof, and a first processing chain (418) configured to reconstruct the projection data and generate a noise only image. A method includes receiving projection data produced by an imaging system and processing the projection data with a first processing chain configured to reconstruct the projection data and generate a noise only image. A processor is configured to: scan an object or subject with an x-ray imaging system and generating projection data, process the projection data with a first processing chain configured to reconstruct the projection data and generate a noise only image, process the projection data with a second processing chain configured to reconstruct the projection data and generate a structure image, and de-noise the structure image based on the noise only image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Frank Bergner, Bernhard Johannes Brendel, Thomas Koehler, Kevin Martin Brown
  • Patent number: 10980495
    Abstract: Information of constituent substances of an object is reconstructed with high accuracy without being influenced by a decrease in measurement accuracy even if measurement in which a tube voltage is changed is not performed. A CT apparatus includes: a detection unit configured to obtain measurement information based on a detection result of radiation irradiated based on a constant tube voltage; an obtaining unit configured to obtain second measurement information of the radiation based on a moment of the measurement information obtained by detecting the radiation a plurality of times; a classification unit configured to classify an object into a plurality of substances; and a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct the information of the constituent substances of the object based on the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Shirono
  • Patent number: 10966677
    Abstract: A radiography apparatus includes: a radiation detector having an imaging surface that detects radiation transmitted through an object and captures a projection image of the object; and a radiation source that has a plurality of radiation tubes which emit the radiation to the imaging surface at different irradiation angles and includes a plurality of units in which the plurality of radiation tubes are divided and accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Matsuura, Kazuhiro Makino
  • Patent number: 10969503
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sensitivity correction method includes acquiring count rates for respective pixels in a photon counting detector; preparing incident dose adjustment materials for the respective pixels based on the count rates for the respective pixels; and providing the incident dose adjustment materials in a surface of the photon counting detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakai, Hiroaki Miyazaki, Tooru Kato, Mikihito Hayashi, Naoki Sugihara
  • Patent number: 10952694
    Abstract: A method and apparatus correct a computed tomography (CT) image with motion artifacts. The method of correcting a CT image may include: obtaining a reconstruction image of an object by reconstructing an X-ray projection image; measuring a parameter value related to motion artifacts that occur due to movement of the object in at least one of the X-ray projection image or the reconstruction image; calculating a correction possibility for the reconstruction image based on the measured parameter value; and determining whether to perform correction on the reconstruction image based on the calculated correction possibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Kihong Son, Kyoung-Yong Lee, Duhgoon Lee, Wooyoung Jang, Jaemoon Jo
  • Patent number: 10955572
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a data processing method and device. The data processing method comprises steps of: performing detector response calibration based on a detector response obtained by an incidence of rays with known energy into a detector to obtain a detector response model; obtaining a photon counting model of the detector between incident energy spectrum data of the detector and detected energy spectrum data of the detector based on the detector response model; and performing a deconvolution operation on counts of photons in respective energy regions in the detected energy spectrum data of the detector based on the photon counting model of the detector, to obtain real counts of photons in respective energy regions in the incident energy spectrum data of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: Nuctech Company Limited, Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Zhiqiang Chen, Sen Wang, Xiaofei Xu, Yuanjing Li, Xin Jin
  • Patent number: 10893838
    Abstract: The disclosed system includes an emitter array for generating x-rays, a detector array for sensing a flux of x-rays transmitted through a region of interest; apparatus for holding, moving and aligning the emitter array relative to the region of interest and the detector array; electronic means for controlling the emitters and for reading and analyzing the output from the detectors and converting it to image data, and a display for displaying and manipulating the image data. The individual emitters are operated in multiple groups each illuminating a region of interest between the emitter array and the detector array such that the cone of radiation rays projected on the detector array from any single emitter in any one such group is substantially spatially separated from the corresponding projected cones from all other emitters in that same group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Begbroke Science Park, CIE
    Inventors: Gil Travish, Paul Betteridge, Mark Evans, Martin Holden, Abdul Sami Mughal, Kristin Schmiedehausen
  • Patent number: 10878602
    Abstract: In order to determine noise intensity more accurately by a projection data division method using data after fan-parallel conversion, a plurality of projection data obtained by irradiating a scan object with radiations are received and subjected to prescribed data conversion; data after the conversion is divided into two or more sets; a reconstructed image is generated for each set of data; and the generated reconstructed image for each of the sets is subtracted to generate a difference image. An index indicating pixel value variation for at least one prescribed region on the difference image is calculated, the value of the index is corrected by a previously calculated correction value, and the corrected index value is regarded as noise intensity of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Takahashi, Taiga Goto, Koichi Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10743834
    Abstract: An X-ray image diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes a photon counting X-ray detector, calibration circuitry, and image generating circuitry. The photon counting X-ray detector includes a plurality of detection elements each of which is configured to detect X-rays and output a detection signal. The calibration circuitry calibrates a detection signal of each of the detection elements using a correction value calculated from a plurality of signals output from the detection elements and corresponding to a plurality of X-ray application conditions relating to continuous X-rays. The image generating circuitry generates an image using the calibrated detection signals of the detection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Tooru Kato, Hiroaki Nakai
  • Patent number: 10733772
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing an optimized energy bin parameter set for photon-counting spectral computed tomography. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving photon-counting spectral computed tomography data related to a plurality of energy bins and an initial energy bin parameter set; and performing iteration steps of a plurality of iteration steps. An input of the first iteration step of the plurality of iteration steps includes the initial energy bin parameter set as an input energy bin parameter set and the input of each further iteration step of the plurality of iteration steps includes an adjusted energy bin parameter set calculated in the preceding iteration step of the plurality of iteration steps as the input energy bin parameter set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Nico Kaiser, Sebastian Schmidt, Philipp Hoelzer
  • Patent number: 10722204
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a system for computed tomography imaging. The method may comprise obtaining original data; obtaining a preprocessing result by preprocessing the original data; obtaining intensity of the artifact based on the preprocessing result; and updating a damaged channel or the air correction table based on the intensity of the artifact. Updating the air correction table may comprise: obtaining a first air correction table corresponding to a first temperature of detector; obtaining real-time temperature of detector; and obtaining a second air correction table corresponding to the real-time temperature based on the real-time temperature and the first air correction table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yifeng Jiang, Yingbiao Liu, Yanfeng Du
  • Patent number: 10726587
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining a first set of projection data with respect to a first dose level; reconstructing, based on the first set of projection data, a first image; determining a second set of projection data based on the first set of projection data, the second set of projection data relating to a second dose level that is lower than the first dose level; reconstructing a second image based on the second set of projection data; and training a first neural network model based on the first image and the second image. In some embodiments, the trained first neural network model may be configured to convert a third image to a fourth image, the fourth image exhibiting a lower noise level and corresponding to a higher dose level than the third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qianlong Zhao, Guotao Quan, Xiang Li
  • Patent number: 10699392
    Abstract: A method is for setting a contrast of a multi-energy CT image representation. In an embodiment of the method, a plurality of multispectral image datasets of an examination region of a patient are received. Furthermore, an automated identification of a structure to be examined is achieved based upon the multispectral image datasets and an automated combining of the differently weighted multispectral image datasets is accomplished such that the contrast between the structure to be examined and its environment is improved compared to a uniform weighting. Further, a multi-energy CT imaging method is described. An image setting device is also described. In addition, a computed tomography system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Lichy, Sebastian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10692198
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus obtains a region of interest in a first image obtained by capturing an object by a first modality, derives a corresponding region corresponding to the region of interest in a second image obtained by capturing the object by a second modality different from the first modality, sets a display parameter of the second image based on one of pixel information of the corresponding region and pixel information of a region associated with the corresponding region, generates a display image of the second image based on the display parameter, and performs display control of the display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kiyohide Satoh, Takuya Ishida, Takaaki Endo
  • Patent number: 10674991
    Abstract: A method is for calibrating an X-ray measuring facility. The method includes preparing the facility for measurement for a resolution of a plurality of different energy intervals; positioning a test object in a beam path of an X-ray beam; irradiating the test object via the X-ray beam, and during the irradiating, an intensity measurement of the test object appropriately resolved according to the energy intervals is carried out by the facility; determining an absorption function of the test object using the intensity measurement; preparing one of the energy intervals as a reference interval such that the absorption function has a negligible energy dependency over the reference interval; determining a correction function of the absorption function, for at least one further energy interval of the energy intervals, using at least one value of the absorption function in the reference interval; and calibrating the facility using the correction function determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Kappler, Achim Hillenbrand
  • Patent number: 10641715
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system and method are provided. The system may include: an X-ray source configured to irradiate X-ray beams; a first grating and a second grating arranged sequentially in an irradiation direction of the X-ray beams; a detector arranged at downstream of the second grating in the irradiation direction; and a controller and data processing device configured to control the X-ray source to irradiate the X-ray beams, to control the detector to receive X-ray beams passing through the first grating and the second grating to generate phase contrast information and/or dark field information, and to perform CT check on an object under check based on the phase contrast information and/or the dark field information to obtain a CT image. In this way, it is possible to obtain more characteristic information about the object under check, so as to achieve more precise material recognition and security check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Nuctech Company Limited, Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Li Zhang, Le Shen, Qingping Huang, Xin Jin
  • Patent number: 10636834
    Abstract: CBCT including monolithic photon counting FPD for medical applications requiring real-time 3D imaging, like mammography, interventional guided procedures or external beam radiotherapy, includes CMOS processed readout electronics monolithically integrated with a single crystalline X-ray absorber by covalent wafer bonding near room temperature and adapted for single photon counting providing high energy, temporal and spatial resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: G-ray Switzerland SA
    Inventors: Claude Meylan, Hans Von Känel
  • Patent number: 10610173
    Abstract: The present approach relates to avoiding azimuthal blur in a computed tomography context, such as in dual energy imaging with fast kV switching. In accordance with certain aspects, the focal spot position is held stationary in the patient coordinate system within each respective view and the detector signals within the view are summed. In one embodiment, this results in the low and high energy views within the signal being collected from the same position within the patient coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yannan Jin, Jiahua Fan, Mingye Wu, Feng Chen, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man
  • Patent number: 10561382
    Abstract: CBCT including monolithic photon counting FPD for medical applications requiring real-time 3D imaging, like mammography, interventional guided procedures or external beam radiotherapy, includes CMOS processed readout electronics monolithically integrated with a single crystalline X-ray absorber by covalent wafer bonding near room temperature and adapted for single photon counting providing high energy, temporal and spatial resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: G-ray Switzerland SA
    Inventors: Claude Meylan, Hans Von Känel
  • Patent number: 10548539
    Abstract: According to an X-ray CT apparatus and a scanning method of the present invention, in order to efficiently create an image used for diagnosis, an operator selects a desired part from a part selection GUI before main scanning by using an ROI object imitating a shape of each part, held in a storage device, and thus the ROI object can be disposed on a scanogram image, in which setting information corresponding to a part is set for the ROI object in advance, a region of interest associated with the part is set, main scanning is performed under conditions associated with the set region of interest, and an image is reconstructed on the basis of X-ray information obtained through the main scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Izumo
  • Patent number: 10531854
    Abstract: An X-ray CT apparatus includes processing circuitry. The circuitry controls a voltage generator during non-helical scan to switch tube voltage, thereby causing an imaging to be performed separately with X-rays of a first energy and X-rays of a second energy. The circuitry generates first and second projection data sets, respectively. The circuitry performs image reconstruction based on the first and second projection data sets respectively, thereby generating first and second images respectively. The circuitry performs alignment processing to align the second image with the first image. The circuitry generates a third projection data set based on a processing result of the alignment processing. The circuitry performs transformation processing to transform the second and third projection data sets into projection data sets corresponding to reference materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Yoda
  • Patent number: 10520453
    Abstract: Provided are an image acquisition device and an image acquisition method capable of acquiring the internal and external contours of a measured object with a high degree of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Akira Monkawa, Shoichi Nakanishi, Shinya Abe
  • Patent number: 10510448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for providing ‘diagnosis-aiding information’, the method and system being capable of diagnosing cancer and the like of a patient by using medical imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Life Public Welfare Foundation
    Inventors: Won Jae Lee, Jae Hun Kim
  • Patent number: 10492751
    Abstract: A computed tomography (CT) system includes a rotatable gantry having an opening to receive an object to be scanned, a high-voltage generator, an x-ray tube positioned on the gantry to generate x-rays through the opening, a pixelated detector positioned on the gantry to receive the x-rays, and a computer. The computer is programmed to obtain a scout image of the object, calculate an equivalent diameter of a water cylinder based on the scout image over a length of the scout image, calculate a major axis and a minor axis for an equivalent ellipse over the length, calculate, based on a noise index and based on the equivalent diameter as the function of the length, an mA modulation as a function of the length, and obtain image data of the object by modulating an mA applied to the x-ray tube based on the calculated mA modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FMI Medical Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuang Miao, Abdelaziz Ikhlef
  • Patent number: 10463325
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus has a moveable (e.g., wheeled) transport frame and an adjustable column mounted at the frame. A boom apparatus supported by the adjustable column can support an x-ray source assembly. Radiation or X-ray source assembly methods and/or apparatus embodiments can provide mobile radiography carts a capability to direct x-ray radiation towards a subject from one or a plurality of different source positions, where the X-ray source assembly includes a first x-ray power source and a second plurality of distributed x-ray sources disposed in a prescribed spatial relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Foos, John Yorkston, Xiaohui Wang
  • Patent number: 10463332
    Abstract: A system includes acquisition of a spectral topogram of a target, determination, based on the spectral topogram, of an attenuation associated with each of a plurality of regions of the target and a composition of each of the plurality of regions, determination of imaging parameters associated with the plurality of regions based on the determined attenuation and composition, and acquisition of an image of the target based on the imaging parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Katharine Lynn Rowley Grant, Bernhard Schmidt