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In Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai zasshi

PURPOSE : In this study, we propose a system that combines a depth camera with a deep learning model for estimating the human skeleton and a depth camera to estimate the shooting part to be radiographed and to acquire the thickness of the subject, thereby providing optimized X-ray imaging conditions.

METHODS : We propose a system that provides optimized X-ray imaging conditions by estimating the shooting part and measuring the thickness of the subject using an RGB camera and a depth camera. The system uses OpenPose, a posture estimation library, to estimate the shooting part.

RESULTS : The recognition rate of the shooting part was 15.38% for the depth camera and 84.62% for the RGB camera at a distance of 100 cm, and 42.31% for the depth camera and 100% for the RGB camera at a distance of 120 cm. The measurement accuracy of the subject thickness was within ±10 mm except for a few cases, indicating that the X-ray imaging conditions were optimized for the subject thickness.

CONCLUSION : The implementation of this system in an X-ray system is expected to enable automatic setting of X-ray imaging conditions. The system is also useful in preventing increased exposure dose due to excessive dose or decreased image quality due to insufficient dose caused by incorrect setting of X-ray imaging conditions.

Eto Michihiro, Nakawatari Tomofumi, Hatanaka Yuji


X-ray image, depth camera, dose management, exposure dose, pose estimation