PURPOSE: Spectral detector computed tomography (SDCT) is a new CT technology that uses a dual-layer detector to perform energy separation. We aim to assess 3 clinical concepts using a phantom model: noise profile across the virtual monoenergetic (VME) spectrum, accuracy of iodine quantification, and virtual noncontrast (VNC) reconstructions' ability to remove iodine contribution to attenuation. METHODS: Six vials containing varying concentrations of iodinated contrast (0-6 mg/mL) diluted in water were placed in a water bath and scanned on an SDCT scanner. Virtual monoenergetic (40-200 keV at 10-keV increments), iodine-no-water, and VNC reconstructions were created. Attenuation (in Hounsfield units [HU]), VME noise at each energy level, CT-derived iodine concentration, and VNC attenuation were recorded. RESULTS: Virtual monoenergetic noise was improved at all energies compared with conventional images (conventional, 9.8-11.2; VME, 7.5-9.5). Noise profile showed a slightly higher image noise at 40 keV, but was otherwise relatively flat across the energy spectrum. On iodine-no-water reconstructions, measured varied from actual iodine concentration by ±0.1 mg/mL (SD, 0.16-0.36). Virtual noncontrast attenuation was within 5 HU of water attenuation at all iodine concentrations. CONCLUSION: Reconstructions of SDCT show lower VME image noise, accurate iodine quantification, and VNC attenuation values within 5 HU of expected in a phantom model.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging