Also, one needs to define the opacity and color of every voxel. For example, a volume may be viewed by extracting isosurfaces surfaces of equal values from the volume and rendering them as polygonal meshes or by rendering the volume directly as a block of data. The marching cubes algorithm is a common technique for extracting an isosurface from volume data.
Direct volume rendering is a computationally intensive task that may be performed in several ways. Focal plane tomography was developed in the s by the radiologist Alessandro Vallebona , and proved useful in reducing the problem of superimposition of structures in projectional radiography. In a article in the medical journal Chest , B.
Pollak of the Fort William Sanatorium described the use of planography, another term for tomography. By moving an X-ray source and the film in opposite directions during the exposure, and modifying the direction and extent of the movement, operators can select different focal planes which contain the structures of interest.
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The central point of the image as an initial guess is generally more than enough for many datasets to find an accurate center in an automated fashion. This reconstruction-based approach to correct for unknown geometrical parameters can also be utilized for example to determine the tilt angle of the rotation axis.
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Reconstructed images of a shale rock sample obtained with different centers of rotations: a correct center, b 16 pixels off-center horizontally, c 32 pixels off-center horizontally. One key component in the TomoPy reconstruction module is the integration and availability of iterative model-based inversion methods.
Such methods commonly pose higher computational requirements but generally outperform direct Fourier-based reconstruction methods, especially when the data are under-sampled few projections available or suffer from low signal-to-noise-ratio values fast-scans which are usually common for XFM and XDT data acquisitions. A comparative demonstration between Gridrec and iterative reconstruction methods is given in Fig.
Iterative model-based methods try to utilize data fidelity based on a system model, and in principle require an accurate forward model which mainly relies on an efficient ray-tracing implementation i. To serve this purpose, we have developed a three-dimensional ray-tracing algorithm and computation of the associated transmission matrix coefficients that one can use to construct any iterative reconstruction method.
Currently, variants of the algebraic reconstruction technique ART Gordon et al. We also provide models for various imaging components such as the stages, detectors and source characteristics, to be available in case an accurate forward model is required. Reconstructed images of a shale rock sample obtained with Gridrec a , ART tenth iteration b and MLEM 50th iteration c methods using 46 projections out of an available projections.
For some applications, further processing steps such as segmentation of regions or a quantification analysis may be desired. The success of an automated segmentation is highly sensitive to the preceding transformations applied on the data. TomoPy implements novel pre-processing methods like the combined wavelet-Fourier filtering model-based inverse models, and improved regularization methods, providing high-quality reconstructed data which allows a relatively easier segmentation step.
In this paper we introduced methods associated with XTT but the ultimate goal of TomoPy is to become a software framework able to integrate and standardize the available data analysis methods for all synchrotron tomography techniques. Considering the strong similarities among the tomographic techniques, we are designing TomoPy using a modular strategy so that the common methods can be inherited making their functionality available to other techniques e. This causes spatial blurring in the reconstructions and in many cases has to be corrected in manual or semi-automated ways.
Our current effort is to develop robust methods to correct for such geometrical aberrations before the reconstruction process begins. One solution would be to incorporate fast phase-correlation methods to roughly align the projections taken from the same instrument initially and apply more sophisticated intensity-based image registration schemes Maes et al.
We believe that such entropy-based methods that perform very well with datasets having different contrasts will also pave the way for a comprehensive multi-modal analysis of datasets. The use of GPU computing for the solution of large-scale tomography problems is becoming increasingly the focus of attention.
However, their relatively small built-in memory space and poor data transfer rates limit their use for large datasets.
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This modularity allows one to access the full range of capabilities and features of the toolbox e. This paper gives a brief glimpse of the methods currently available in the TomoPy framework, but more importantly it emphasizes the importance of unifying the efforts towards the development of data analysis and reconstruction tools targeting synchrotron tomography applications. The success of such initiative, of course, depends on many factors, the most critical of which is our ability to share data and more importantly software tools. We believe the advancements in desktop computer performance, the faster than ever developments of Python packages and the many initiatives bridging applied mathematicians and experimental physicists create the right set of ingredients to establish stronger collaboration and provide ultimately faster deployment of innovative numerical methods.
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