Projection radiography, commonly known as x-ray, is used to inspect bone breaks and organ damage while computed tomography (CT) combines these projected images to produce a detailed, cross-section view of the body.
The imaging and medical beamline at the Australian Synchrotron produces a 60cm by 5cm x-ray beam to allow for a higher resolution scan. The resulting data however, is then too large for real-time reconstruction, which is common among smaller hospital CT machines.
VeRSI is working as part of a National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) funded team, including the CSIRO, Australian National University (ANU) and the Australian Synchrotron, to speed up the reconstruction of the CT images so that they can be achieved in close to real-time. This is possible through the use of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) computing which accelerates the rendering of both 2D and 3D images. This will maximise researcher productivity and increase utilisation of the beamline by up to 25%. Once this is achieved, remote analysis of the beamline data will be possible.
For more information, please visit the Synchrotron website or contact Michael D'Silva.
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