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local_area_parallel beamCT_description.pdf                                  local_area_cone beamCT_description.pdf              


To satisfy the heterogeneous needs of X-ray CT users, flexible solutions are required both from the hardware and software point of view. The use of synchrotrons and microfocus X-ray sources present complementary approaches being characterized by different properties in terms of achievable spatial resolution, field of view and image contrast. The main aim of this event was to bring together experimentalists, mathematicians and computing scientists and explore this specific topic in Computed Tomography (CT) data collection and reconstruction. This focused meeting hosted a small group of mathematicians and computational scientists at the Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste laboratory (Italy) with the aim to study in detail the Region-Of-Interest (ROI) problem in CT. This workshop has been organized as a follow-up of the Lorentz 2015 workshop focusing our attention on the specific topic of ROI-CT. In fact, ROI-CT reconstructed images are often corrupted by artefacts that, in some cases, mask part of the information contained in the image itself. Find solutions require a full comprehension of the origin of these artefacts. Micro-CT data were analyzed on site having the ability to acquire the data at varying contrast and spatial resolutions and on different instruments. The whole object has been imaged at medium spatial resolution by using a conventional CT instrument based on a microfocus source ( and then a selected ROI has been selected and imaged at higher spatial resolution. A similar approach has been adopted at the SYRMEP beamline of Elettra ( where a micro-CT instrument allowing to work at higher spatial resolution and based on a synchrotron source is available. A mixed approach employing the conventional and synchrotron sources for the same object has been also explored.

The workshop has been co-funded by the EXTREMA COST Action, an European research network focused on advanced X-ray tomography and was attended by10 participants from several European countries. The Scientific Program of the workshop can be found at the link: . During the first day of the workshop 5 invited speakers have presented their work in the field of ROI-CT and the talks have been followed by 25 participants.


Esther Klann

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Ville Kolehmainen

University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

Christian Schorr

Fraunhofer Institut für zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren, Saarbrücken, Germany

Valeriy Titarenko

University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Win Van Aarle

iMinds - Vision Lab, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium


Group picture


Here you can find two pdf files with a complete description of the measured samples and the used experimental parameters.

To access all data sets described in these pdf files please create a Globus account and email your Globus ID to Lucia Mancini <>. All data can be downloaded at Globus

At the same link are reported the slides of the talks presented by the invited speakers and the files containing the parameters used for slice reconstruction of cone beam CT data. The cone beam CT data have been reconstructed using the commercial software COBRA (Exxim).

The parallel beam CT data have been reconstructed using the STP software developed at Elettra [Brun et al., 2015].



  • COBRA software info at:
  • Enhanced and Flexible Software Tools for X-ray Computed Tomography at the Italian Synchrotron Radiation Facility Elettra, Brun F., Accardo A., Kourousias G., Dreossi D., Mancini L., Tromba G., Pugliese R., Fundamenta Informaticae, 141 (2015) 233-243, doi: 10.3233/FI-2015-1273.



For any complementary information, please, do not hesitate to contact::

Diego Dreossi <>

Lucia Mancini <>

Francesco Brun <>


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