Computed Tomography: Algorithms, Insight, and Just Enough Theory

Per Christian Hansen (Editor), Jakob Sauer Jørgensen (Editor), William R.B. Lionheart (Editor)

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This book describes fundamental computational methods for image reconstruction in computed tomography (CT) with a focus on a pedagogical presentation of these methods and their underlying concepts. Insights into the advantages, limitations, and theoretical and computational aspects of the methods are included, giving a balanced presentation that allows readers to understand and implement CT reconstruction algorithms.
Unique in its emphasis on the interplay between modeling, computing, and algorithm development, Computed Tomography: Algorithms, Insight, and Just Enough Theory
• develops the mathematical and computational aspects of three main classes of reconstruction methods: classical filtered back-projection, algebraic iterative methods, and variational methods based on nonlinear numerical optimization algorithms;
• spotlights the link between CT and numerical methods, which is rarely discussed in current literature; and
• describes the effects of incomplete data using both microlocal analysis and singular value decomposition (SVD).
This book sets the stage for further exploration of CT algorithms. Readers will be able to grasp the underlying mathematical models to motivate and derive the basic principles of CT reconstruction and will gain basic understanding of fundamental computational challenges of CT, such as the influence of noisy and incomplete data, as well as the reconstruction capabilities and the convergence of the iterative algorithms. Exercises using MATLAB are included, allowing readers to experiment with the algorithms and making the book suitable for teaching and self-study.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSociety for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Number of pages337
ISBN (Print)978-1-611976-66-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Computed tomography
  • CT reconstruction
  • Regularization
  • Algebraic iterative reconstruction
  • Numerical optimization
  • Limited data
  • Singular value decomposition
  • Inverse problems


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