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Realtime imaging of static and moving objects

  1. Jan 30, 2005 #1
    Often in the hospital setting, radiographers are asked to go up to theatre and perform real time imaging of patients for having tumours removed or drilling away some sort of object that may blocking a vessel. The mobile x-ray machine is an image intensifier (II) which is coupled to a TV which allows a surgeon to dynamically view internal anatomy. Vessel patency can be tested by injecting radiolucent contrast and observing its dynamic flow.

    As a radiography student, in this research project, i aim to test the precision at which the image intensifier (II) may resolve moving objects.

    My objective is to try and think up some very simple experiments which enable me to test the the machine and i will need to explain the precision of the machine in terms of contrast on the screen (distribution of black an white pixels over an edge), how fast an object can move during image acquisition before it becomes too blury.

    There are 2 image acquisition modes i will use: single pulse, sequence pulse. In fact, a single pulse is not instantanous and requires t time to generate an image on the screen. In sequence pulse, the machine make take 7 images per second.

    Some ideas i have thought up


    simple pendulum experiemnt, using simple physics (and a piece of lead tied to a string), i will perform a single pulse, and time how long it takes for the image to appear (perhaps 1 second), then measure the blur over distance somehow on the image -any ideas? I will also do this with a sequence pulse.

    my main questions are.. how am i to quantify these results? Can i graph the sharpness as a function of motion speed? how may i quantify sharpness. how can i determine the speed of the object if i know the period of the pendulum, and the blur distance it has moved for a given time for image aquisition. From this, can i use this as a calibration excercise to find out what is the max speed something can move for a moving object to be imaged correctly.

    Basically, each pulse has an integration time, which is an average oer distance of the object moving for when the image is acquired.. how can i work this exposure time out? can i work out what this integration is?

    My problems is, i can think up the experiments, but im unsure how to quantify the results (or the physics calcultions involved) and to present them as statistical data.

    My ultimate goal is to image flow of contrast in synthetic tubes (to simulate arteries) and see the effect of flow mixing with water and investigate the profile of the image as a function of tube diameter and other variables. I will however need calibration details of the II (obtained hopefully from the above experiments) in order to make calculations for this fluild dynamics model.

    your help would be much appreciated! o:)

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  3. Jan 30, 2005 #2
    hmm .. am in the correct forum for this topic? please help to redirect?
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