Tomographic imaging: potential and limitations

J. Carlos Santamarina*, Farshad Gheshlaghi

*Corresponding author for this work

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The behavior of engineering systems is highly dependent on the distribution of material parameters. The goal of tomographic imaging is to invert boundary measurements to determine the field of a parameter. This paper reviews difficulties in tomographic imaging, summarizes inversion methods and ray tracing algorithms, and presents a comparative study of matrix-based inversion methods for simulated, laboratory, and field data. The effect of errors in ray-paths and travel times is assessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsSoheil Nazarian, Larry D. Olson
PublisherSociety of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0819418102
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventNondestructive Evaluation of Aging Structures and Dams - Oakland, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 7 1995Jun 8 1995

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherNondestructive Evaluation of Aging Structures and Dams
CityOakland, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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