Spiral volumetric CT with single-breath-hold technique, continuous transport, and continuous scanner rotation

Radiology. 1990 Jul;176(1):181-3. doi: 10.1148/radiology.176.1.2353088.


Continuous computed tomographic (CT) scanning of organ volumes during a single breath hold was studied. The authors modified the table feed mechanism of a continuously rotating CT scanner to allow patient transport at low, but accurately controlled, speeds (0.1-11.0 mm/sec) during continuous 1-second scanning. An algorithm was designed to reconstruct artifact-free images for arbitrary table positions from the helical data by interpolating between adjacent scans. Section sensitivity profiles were enlarged; the section width for a 10-mm section and a speed of 10.0 mm/sec was increased by a factor of 1.3, compared with the nominal value. Clinical examples were presented for studies of lung nodules and studies enhanced with contrast medium. Major advantages are the possibility of continuous scanning of extended volumes within a breath-hold period and retrospective, arbitrary selection of anatomic levels.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Models, Structural
  • Radiography, Thoracic / instrumentation
  • Radiography, Thoracic / methods*
  • Respiration
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / instrumentation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*