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      CT Image Conversion among Different Reconstruction Kernels without a Sinogram by Using a Convolutional Neural Network


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          The aim of our study was to develop and validate a convolutional neural network (CNN) architecture to convert CT images reconstructed with one kernel to images with different reconstruction kernels without using a sinogram.

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          This retrospective study was approved by the Institutional Review Board. Ten chest CT scans were performed and reconstructed with the B10f, B30f, B50f, and B70f kernels. The dataset was divided into six, two, and two examinations for training, validation, and testing, respectively. We constructed a CNN architecture consisting of six convolutional layers, each with a 3 × 3 kernel with 64 filter banks. Quantitative performance was evaluated using root mean square error (RMSE) values. To validate clinical use, image conversion was conducted on 30 additional chest CT scans reconstructed with the B30f and B50f kernels. The influence of image conversion on emphysema quantification was assessed with Bland–Altman plots.


          Our scheme rapidly generated conversion results at the rate of 0.065 s/slice. Substantial reduction in RMSE was observed in the converted images in comparison with the original images with different kernels (mean reduction, 65.7%; range, 29.5–82.2%). The mean emphysema indices for B30f, B50f, converted B30f, and converted B50f were 5.4 ± 7.2%, 15.3 ± 7.2%, 5.9 ± 7.3%, and 16.8 ± 7.5%, respectively. The 95% limits of agreement between B30f and other kernels (B50f and converted B30f) ranged from −14.1% to −2.6% (mean, −8.3%) and −2.3% to 0.7% (mean, −0.8%), respectively.


          CNN-based CT kernel conversion shows adequate performance with high accuracy and speed, indicating its potential clinical use.

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                Korean J Radiol
                Korean J Radiol
                Korean Journal of Radiology
                The Korean Society of Radiology
                February 2019
                28 December 2018
                : 20
                : 2
                : 295-303
                [1 ]Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
                [2 ]Department of Convergence Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Joon Beom Seo, MD, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, 88 Olympic-ro 43-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul 05505, Korea. Tel: (822) 3010-4400, Fax: (822) 476-4719, seojb@ 123456amc.seoul.kr

                *These authors contributed equally to this work.

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                Copyright © 2019 The Korean Society of Radiology

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                : 19 April 2018
                : 07 August 2018
                Funded by: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, CrossRef https://doi.org/10.13039/501100003052;
                Award ID: 10072064
                Thoracic Imaging
                Original Article

                Radiology & Imaging
                multidetector computed tomography,image reconstruction,machine learning,emphysema,cnn


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