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Release of ImaSimNow, members of the same team that developed the popular packages RadSim and SpekCalc have announced the release of ImaSim; a software package for simulating X-ray imaging procedures.
Maastro Clinic, and Francois Deblois of the Jewish Hospital in Montreal – ImaSim is mostly intended as an educational tool for teaching or self-learning the basics of the X-ray imaging process. However, the software has also been used for research purposes in several recent scientific papers.
ImaSim is highly interactive and its utilization via a graphical user interface (GUI) is intuitive. The software package covers the main X-ray based modalities: planar kV, planar (portal) MV, fan-beam CT and CBCT imaging. The program follows a ray-tracing approach and ignores photon scatter in its current implementation, in order to reduce calculation times. A simple model for adding imaging noise is included.
The makers of ImaSim hope that countless students, teachers and scientists will find the program useful in their educational or research activities. Download ImaSim here.