By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 5, 2012

Monday, November 26 | 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | LL-INS-MO5C | Lakeside Learning Center
German researchers have developed a data compression technique that can facilitate high-speed transfer of CT image data; they'll share their findings in this Monday evening poster presentation.

Data compression could decrease the bandwidth used by the slip ring that transfers data from a CT scanner's rotating gantry to the reconstruction computer, according to presenter Jochen Wilhelmy of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

This would either decrease the cost of the slip ring used in the scanner or allow for higher detector resolutions and/or higher frame rates with the same slip ring, he said. The researchers have developed a compression algorithm that works on small blocks of raw image data and can achieve a bandwidth of 5 to 10 gigabits per second, they said.

"The bandwidth of the slip ring can be at least cut in half when using compression without any visible reduction in image quality," Wilhelmy said.

Find out how they were able to achieve these improvements by stopping by the poster at the Lakeside Learning Center.