A tabletop device was constructed using a short CNT x-ray source array, operated in three positions, and a flat panel digital detector. Twenty-one x-ray projection images were acquired at incident angles from -20 to +20 degrees in various clinical orientations, with entrance doses matched to commercial in-room DTS scanners. The projection images were reconstructed with an iterative reconstruction technique in 1mm slices. Cadaveric specimen and initial participant images were reviewed by radiologists for feature conspicuity and diagnostic accuracy.
TomoE image quality was found to be superior to DR, with reconstruction slices exhibiting visual conspicuity of trabecular bone, delineation of joint space, bone erosions, fractures, and clear depiction of normal anatomical features. The scan time was fifteen seconds with mechanical translation. Skin entrance dose was verified to be 0.2mGy. TomoE device image quality has been evaluated in cadaveric specimens and dose was calibrated for a patient imaging study. Initial patient images depict a high level of anatomical detail an increase in diagnostic value compared to DR.