Evaluation of patient positioning during digital tomosynthesis and reconstruction algorithms for ilizarov frames: A phantom study

Yuki Abe, Makoto Shimada, Yoshihiro Takeda, Taisuke Enoki, Kumiko Omachi, Shuji Abe

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Aim: rodMetallic components from circular external fixators, including the Ilizarov frame, cause artefacts on X-rays and obstruct clear visualisation of bone detail. We evaluated the ability of tomosynthesis to reduce interference on radiographs caused by metal artefacts and developed an optimal image acquisition method for such cases. Materials and methods: An Ilizarov frame phantom was constructed using rods placed on the bone for the purpose to evaluate the benefits of tomosynthesis. Distances between the rod and bone and the angle between the rod and X-ray tube orbit were set at three different levels. Filtered backprojection images were reconstructed using two different features of the reconstruction function: THICKNESS−− (CONTRAST4) and THICKNESS++ (METAL4); the first is suitable for improving contrast and the second is suitable for metal artefacts. The peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) was used during image evaluation to determine the influence of the metallic rod on bone structure visibility. Results: The PSNR increased as the angle between the metal rod and the X-ray tube orbit and the distance between the metallic rod and bone increased. The PSNR was larger when using THICKNESS−− (CONTRAST4) than when using THICKNESS++ (METAL4). Conclusion: The optimal reconstruction function and image acquisition determined using the metallic rod in this study suggest that quality equal to that without the metallic rod can be obtained. Clinical significance: We describe an optimised method for image acquisition without unnecessary acquisition repetition and unreasonable posture changes when the bone cannot be adequately visualised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalStrategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Digital tomosynthesis
  • Ilizarov
  • Metal artefacts
  • Metallic rod
  • Peak signal-to-noise ratio
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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