Technical Notes| Volume 32, ISSUE 4, P625-630, April 2016

Temporal resolution measurement of 128-slice dual source and 320-row area detector computed tomography scanners in helical acquisition mode using the impulse method

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      • Temporal resolution (TR) of modern CT scanners was analysed using an impulse method.
      • Scan combinations of pitch factor (P) and gantry rotation time (R) were assessed.
      • For 320-row ADCT, TR ≈ R (with P < 1.0), whereas TR ≈ 0.5R (with P > 1.0).
      • For 128-slice DSCT, TR improved with a shorter R and greater P.
      • TR of helical acquisition modes were dependent on not only R but also P.



      To analyse the temporal resolution (TR) of modern computed tomography (CT) scanners using the impulse method, and assess the actual maximum TR at respective helical acquisition modes.


      To assess the actual TR of helical acquisition modes of a 128-slice dual source CT (DSCT) scanner and a 320-row area detector CT (ADCT) scanner, we assessed the TRs of various acquisition combinations of a pitch factor (P) and gantry rotation time (R).


      The TR of the helical acquisition modes for the 128-slice DSCT scanner continuously improved with a shorter gantry rotation time and greater pitch factor. However, for the 320-row ADCT scanner, the TR with a pitch factor of <1.0 was almost equal to the gantry rotation time, whereas with pitch factor of >1.0, it was approximately one half of the gantry rotation time. The maximum TR values of single- and dual-source helical acquisition modes for the 128-slice DSCT scanner were 0.138 (R/P = 0.285/1.5) and 0.074 s (R/P = 0.285/3.2), and the maximum TR values of the 64 × 0.5- and 160 × 0.5-mm detector configurations of the helical acquisition modes for the 320-row ADCT scanner were 0.120 (R/P = 0.275/1.375) and 0.195 s (R/P = 0.3/0.6), respectively.


      Because the TR of a CT scanner is not accurately depicted in the specifications of the individual scanner, appropriate acquisition conditions should be determined based on the actual TR measurement.


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