Image reconstruction techniques are used to create 2-D and 3-D images from sets of 1-D projections. These reconstruction techniques form the basis for common imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, and PET, and they are useful in medicine, biology, earth science, archaeology, materials science, and nondestructive testing.
The mathematical foundation for these reconstruction methods are the Radon transform, the inverse Radon transform, and the projection slice theorem. Computational techniques include filtered backprojection and a variety of iterative methods. Several projection geometries are commonly used, including parallel beam, fan beam, and cone beam. The Shepp-Logan phantom image is often used to evaluate different reconstruction algorithms.
An effective approach to performing image reconstruction includes using methods in a technical computing environment for data analysis, visualization, and algorithm development. See Image Processing Toolbox™ for more information.