February  2014, 8(1): 173-197. doi: 10.3934/ipi.2014.8.173

Geometric reconstruction in bioluminescence tomography

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Fakultät für Mathematik, Institut für Angewandte und Numerische Mathematik, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany, Germany

Received  March 2012 Revised  July 2013 Published  March 2014

In bioluminescence tomography the location as well as the radiation intensity of a photon source (marked cell clusters) inside an organism have to be determined given the outside photon count. This inverse source problem is ill-posed: it suffers not only from strong instability but also from non-uniqueness. To cope with these difficulties the source is modeled as a linear combination of indicator functions of measurable domains leading to a nonlinear operator equation. The solution process is stabilized by a Tikhonov like functional which penalizes the perimeter of the domains. For the resulting minimization problem existence of a minimizer, stability, and regularization property are shown. Moreover, an approximate variational principle is developed based on the calculated domain derivatives which states that there exist smooth almost stationary points of the Tikhonov like functional near to any of its minimizers. This is a crucial property from a numerical point of view as it allows to approximate the searched-for domain by smooth domains. Based on the theoretical findings numerical schemes are proposed and tested for star-shaped sources in 2D: computational experiments illustrate performance and limitations of the considered approach.
Citation: Tim Kreutzmann, Andreas Rieder. Geometric reconstruction in bioluminescence tomography. Inverse Problems & Imaging, 2014, 8 (1) : 173-197. doi: 10.3934/ipi.2014.8.173
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M. Hinze, R. Pinnau, M. Ulbrich and S. Ulbrich, Optimization with PDE Constraints, Mathematical Modelling: Theory and Applications, 23, Springer, 2009. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8839-1_3.  Google Scholar

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R. Ramlau and W. Ring, A Mumford-Shah level-set approach for the inversion and segmentation of X-ray tomography data, J. Comput. Phys., 221 (2007), 539-557. doi: 10.1016/j.jcp.2006.06.041.  Google Scholar

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[27]

H. Weyl, On the volume of tubes, Amer. J. Math., 61 (1939), 461-472. doi: 10.2307/2371513.  Google Scholar

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