EIT Imaging of Admittivities with a D-Bar Method and Spatial Prior: Experimental Results for Absolute and Difference Imaging
Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is an emerging imaging modality that uses harmless electrical measurements taken on electrodes at a body's surface to recover information about the internal electrical conductivity and or permittivity. The image reconstruction task of EIT is a highly nonlinear inverse problem that is sensitive to noise and modeling errors making the image reconstruction task challenging. D-bar methods solve the nonlinear problem directly, bypassing the need for detailed and time-intensive forward models, to provide absolute (static) as well as time-difference EIT images. Coupling the D-bar methodology with the inclusion of high confidence a priori data results in a noise-robust regularized image reconstruction method. In this work, the a priori D-bar method for complex admittivities is demonstrated effective on experimental tank data for absolute imaging for the first time. Additionally, the method is adjusted for, and tested on, time-difference imaging scenarios. The ability of the method to be used for conductivity, permittivity, absolute as well as time-difference imaging provides the user with great flexibility without a high computational cost.
Hamilton, Sarah J., "EIT Imaging of Admittivities with a D-Bar Method and Spatial Prior: Experimental Results for Absolute and Difference Imaging" (2017). Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Faculty Research and Publications. 573.
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Accepted version. Physiological Measurement, Vol. 38, No. 6 (May 2017): 1176-1192. DOI. © 2017 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Used with permission.