The reconstruction of computed tomography (CT) images is an active area of research. Following the rise of deep learning methods, many data-driven models have been proposed in recent years. In this work, we present the results of a data challenge that we organized, bringing together algorithm experts from different institutes to jointly work on quantitative evaluation of several data-driven methods on two large, public datasets during a ten day sprint. We focus on two applications of CT, namely, low-dose CT and sparse-angle CT. This enables us to fairly compare different methods using standardized settings. As a general result, we observe that the deep learning-based methods are able to improve the reconstruction quality metrics in both CT applications while the top performing methods show only minor differences in terms of peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) and structural similarity (SSIM). We further discuss a number of other important criteria that should be taken into account when selecting a method, such as the availability of training data, the knowledge of the physical measurement model and the reconstruction speed.

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Journal of Imaging
Computational Imaging

Leuschner, J, Schmidt, M, Ganguly, P.S, Andriiashen, V, Coban, S.B, Denker, A, … van Eijnatten, M.A.J.M. (2021). Quantitative comparison of deep learning-based image reconstruction methods for low-dose and sparse-angle CT applications. Journal of Imaging, 7, 44.1–44.49. doi:10.3390/jimaging7030044