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Laboratory And Controlled Clinical Evaluations Of The Image Properties Of Mammographic Screen-Film Systems
Author(s): Edward A. Sickles; Harry K. Genant; Kunio Doi
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Paper Abstract

Laboratory comparisons of the resolution, noise, and contrast of five mammography screen-film systems (single screen, single-emulsion film) were made both qualitatively and quantitatively. Subjective single-blind estimations of resolution, noise, and contrast were also made directly from the mammograms of 100 consecutive patients radiographed with each of the screen-film systems. Laboratory and clinical evaluations showed strikingly similar results: improved contrast, minimally reduced resolution, and varying degrees of increased noise for the faster recording systems. Similarities between the results of laboratory and clinical studies should help to establish the clinical relevance of the laboratory analyses, and recognition of the relative precision of the clinical evaluations should allow for their use in place of laboratory studies when sophisticated physics support is not available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1978
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 17(4) 174386 doi: 10.1117/12.7972247
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 17, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Edward A. Sickles, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (United States)
Harry K. Genant, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (United States)
Kunio Doi, University of Chicago School of Medicine (United States)

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