For tomographic imaging modalities, the quality of the reconstructed images largely depends on the ionization dose used. Cutting the radiation dose, however, is a priority because of the health risks associated with high exposure.
A new software module from Digisens (Le Bourget-du-Lac, France) was developed to help with that goal (and it can also be used for electron microscopy). The NITRO module can create tomographic reconstruction based on a relatively small number of projections (or imaging cross sections through the patient or sample) without hurting image quality. By limiting the number of projections, the software enables sizable cuts in radiation dose. In fact, the manufacturer claims that it can be used to reduce the radiation dose by a factor of 6 to 8 for both tomography and electron microscopy.
The software is offered for use with Windows 7 and can take advantage of either a single video card or multiple units to cut processing time. Designed to be user friendly, the software has a maximum of two parameters to adjust.
Press release: DIGISENS launches its NITRO® software module