Parallel implementations of image reconstruction algorithms for emission tomography
AuthorMagee, Kathleen Ann, 1959-
AdvisorBarrett, Harrision H.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractTechniques for implementing the EM and simulated-annealing image reconstruction algorithms on a large-grain parallel computer for faster execution per iteration are developed for emission tomography applications. The speedups obtained by implementing the algorithms on up to 54 processors connected in a ring topology are found to be nearly linear. Reconstruction involves finding an estimate of the emission distribution that minimizes an energy function that contains a data-agreement term and a noise-control term. The EM algorithm minimizes the complete-incomplete form of the data-agreement term, which is easily partitioned for parallel computation. The simulated-annealing algorithm is a Monte Carlo method in which any form of data-agreement and noise-control term can be minimized. In the reconstruction of a thyroid phantom, it is demonstrated that the complete-incomplete data-agreement term can be used to facilitate the parallel implementation of simulated annealing while still guaranteeing convergence.