Use of an optimized spatial prior in D-bar reconstructions of EIT tank data
Melody Alsaker Jennifer L. Mueller
Inverse Problems & Imaging 2018, 12(4): 883-901 doi: 10.3934/ipi.2018037

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the feasibility of using spatial a priori information in the 2-D D-bar method to improve the spatial resolution of EIT reconstructions of experimentally collected data. The prior consists of imperfectly known information about the spatial locations of inclusions and the assumption that the conductivity is a mollified piecewise constant function. The conductivity values for the prior are constructed using a novel method in which a nonlinear constrained optimization routine is used to select the values for the piecewise constant function that give the best fit to the scattering transform computed from the measured data in a disk. The prior is then included in the high-frequency components of the scattering transform and in the computation of the solution of the D-bar equation, with weights to control the influence of the prior. In addition, a new technique is described for selecting regularization parameters to truncate the measured scattering data, in which complex scattering frequencies for which the values of the scattering transform differ greatly from those in the scattering prior are omitted. The effectiveness of the method is demonstrated on EIT data collected on saline-filled tanks with agar heart and lungs with various added inhomogeneities.

keywords: Electrical impedance tomography D-bar methods reconstruction algorithm a priori data nonlinear optimization
A direct D-bar method for partial boundary data electrical impedance tomography with a priori information
Melody Alsaker Sarah Jane Hamilton Andreas Hauptmann
Inverse Problems & Imaging 2017, 11(3): 427-454 doi: 10.3934/ipi.2017020

Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) is a non-invasive imaging modality that uses surface electrical measurements to determine the internal conductivity of a body. The mathematical formulation of the EIT problem is a nonlinear and severely ill-posed inverse problem for which direct D-bar methods have proved useful in providing noise-robust conductivity reconstructions. Recent advances in D-bar methods allow for conductivity reconstructions using EIT measurement data from only part of the domain (e.g., a patient lying on their back could be imaged using only data gathered on the accessible part of the body). However, D-bar reconstructions suffer from a loss of sharp edges due to a nonlinear low-pass filtering of the measured data, and this problem becomes especially marked in the case of partial boundary data. Including a priori data directly into the D-bar solution method greatly enhances the spatial resolution, allowing for detection of underlying pathologies or defects, even with no assumption of their presence in the prior. This work combines partial data D-bar with a priori data, allowing for noise-robust conductivity reconstructions with greatly improved spatial resolution. The method is demonstrated to be effective on noisy simulated EIT measurement data simulating both medical and industrial imaging scenarios.

keywords: Electrical impedance tomography partial boundary data Neumannto-Dirichlet map D-bar method a priori information

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