Author(s): Kim Y, Webster JG, Tompkins WJ
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Abstract In this paper, we propose to develop a new imaging technology, computerized impedance tomography (CIT) for imaging the thorax. Our study involves reconstructing images of thoracic transverse plane impedance distributions noninvasively and nondestructively and exploring the potential of CIT. We overcome the reconstruction problem due to nonlinear and nonplanar current paths in impedance imaging by solving Laplace's equation numerically for every iteration and by using a new back-projection algorithm to modify the impedance profile. We discuss advantages and disadvantages associated with impedance imaging, the computer model, and back-projection algorithms used in reconstructing impedance images. We present reconstructed impedance images with 8 projection angles and different projection methods. We identify important variables affecting the quality of reconstructed images, and discuss the resolution and accuracy of this imaging technique. We summarize numerical aspects, computer requirement, and limitations of impedance imaging. We also discuss the future of impedance imaging.
This article was published in J Microw Power
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Diabetes & Practice