Simulation calculation of phantom projections based on physics model of medical X-ray imaging

Shao Jie Tang, Xuan Qin Mou, Hao Yan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


In order to realistically simulate the projections of X-ray computed tomography (XCT), a projection simulation algorithm is presented by combining the X-ray energy spectrum distribution function with the tissue boundary approximation strategy. Firstly, the geometrical shapes and CT numbers of all sub-regions of a phantom are determined. Next, mapping these CT numbers onto corresponding tissue densities and elemental mass fraction, the tissue mass attenuation coefficients are calculated by XCOM software. Finally, the X-ray energy spectrum distribution function and projections that have been attenuated are computed according to the X-ray energy spectrum parameters, tissue densities, tissue mass attenuation coefficients and the distance between adjacent boundaries. This algorithm is simpler than analytic simulation programming, and needs lesser storage and has higher precision in contrast to the discrete simulation. The anticipated beam hardening effects are clearly shown after carrying out the 3-demension reconstruction of Feldkamp cone beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)901-905
Number of pages5
JournalHsi-An Chiao Tung Ta Hsueh/Journal of Xi'an Jiaotong University
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006


  • Computed tomography
  • Cone beam
  • Energy spectrum distribution
  • Phantom projection
  • Projection simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Simulation calculation of phantom projections based on physics model of medical X-ray imaging'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this