Comments on the filtered backprojection algorithm, range conditions, and the pseudoinverse solution

Mark A. Anastasio, Xiaochuan Pan, Eric Clarkson

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The filtered backprojection (FBP) algorithm is widely used in computed tomography for inverting the two-dimensional Radon transform. In this paper, we analyze the processing of an inconsistent data function by the FBP algorithm (in its continuous form). Specifically, we demonstrate that an image reconstructed using the FBP algorithm can be represented as the sum of a pseudoinverse solution and a residual image generated from an inconsistent component of the measured data. This reveals that, when the original data function is in the range of the Radon transform, the image reconstructed using the FBP algorithm corresponds to the pseudoinverse solution. When the data function is inconsistent, we demonstrate that the FBP algorithm makes use of a nonorthogonal projection of the data function to the range of the Radon transform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-542
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2001



  • Computed tomography
  • Filtered backprojection algorithm
  • Radon transform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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