Standard phantoms from XDesign


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XDesign is an open-source Python package for generating configurable x-ray imaging phantoms, simulating data acquisition, and benchmarking x-ray tomographic image reconstruction.


  • Assist faster development of new generation tomographic reconstruction methods
  • Allow quantitative comparison of different reconstruction methods
  • Create a framework for designing x-ray imaging experiments

Current Scope

  • Customizable 2D phantoms constructed from circles and convex polygons
  • Quantitative reconstruction quality and probe coverage metrics
  • Attenuation interactions with X-ray probes of uniform flux
  • Use of analytic (exact) solutions for algorithms and computation


The project is licensed under the BSD-3 license.


Since version 0.5, XDesign is available on the conda-forge channel. Install it in the usual way:

$ conda install xdesign -c conda-forge