Iterative metal artifact reduction: Evaluation and optimization of technique
Iterative metal artifact reduction (IMAR) is a sinogram inpainting technique that incorporates high-frequency data from standard weighted filtered back projection (WFBP) reconstructions to reduce metal artifact on computed tomography (CT). This study was designed to compare the image quality of IMAR and WFBP in total shoulder arthroplasties (TSA); determine the optimal amount of WFBP high-frequency data needed for IMAR; and compare image quality of the standard 3D technique with that of a faster 2D technique.
Materials and methods
Eight patients with nine TSA underwent CT with standardized parameters: 140 kVp, 300 mAs, 0.6 mm collimation and slice thickness, and B30 kernel. WFBP, three 3D IMAR algorithms with different amounts of WFBP high-frequency data (IMARlo, lowest; IMARmod, moderate; IMARhi, highest), and one 2D IMAR algorithm were reconstructed. Differences in attenuation near hardware and away from hardware were measured and compared using repeated measures ANOVA. Five readers independently graded image quality; scores were compared using Friedman’s test.
Attenuation differences were smaller with all 3D IMAR techniques than with WFBP (p < 0.0063). With increasing high-frequency data, the attenuation difference increased slightly (differences not statistically significant). All readers ranked IMARmod and IMARhi more favorably than WFBP (p < 0.05), with IMARmod ranked highest for most structures. The attenuation difference was slightly higher with 2D than with 3D IMAR, with no significant reader preference for 3D over 2D.
IMAR significantly decreases metal artifact compared to WFBP both objectively and subjectively in TSA. The incorporation of a moderate amount of WFBP high-frequency data and use of a 2D reconstruction technique optimize image quality and allow for relatively short reconstruction times.
KeywordsCT Technique Metallic hardware Artifact
The authors would like to recognize and thank Sahar Shiraj, MD, Cleveland Clinic, for help with data collection, Jennifer Bullen, MS, Cleveland Clinic, for help with statistical analysis, and Megan Griffiths, Cleveland Clinic, for help with manuscript editing and submission.
Conflicts of interest
Naveen Subhas reports that he has received research support from Siemens Healthcare Solutions for research into CT metal artifact reduction. The other authors report no conflicts of interest.