Marabini R, Rietzel E, Schroeder R, Herman GT, Carazo JM. Three-dimensional reconstruction from reduced sets of very noisy images acquired following a single-axis tilt schema: application of a new three-dimensional reconstruction algorithm and objective comparison with weighted backprojection. J Struct Biol. 1997 120(3):363-371.
In this work we propose a reconstruction algorithm (ART with blobs) that has not been previously used in electron Tomography and we compare it with the standard method in the field (weighted back projection, WBP). We assume that only a limited set of very noisy images, collected around a single axis tilt, is available; which is a typical situation in Electron Tomography. In general, the reconstruction problem is underdetermined (due to the limited number of projections) and the data are inconsistent (due to the high level of noise). The evaluation of the results is performed in a rigorous way by a task-oriented approach which makes use of numerical observers. ART with blobs outperforms WBP for a number of key tasks. Results are presented both for simplified line integral data and for realistic simulations of macromolecular structures embedded in amorphous ice.
ART; blob; electron tomography; reconstruction methods; weighted backprojection