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Evaluation of x-ray sources for mammography
Author(s): Robert J. Jennings; P. W. Quinn; Robert M. Gagne; Thomas R. Fewell
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Paper Abstract

A computational approach is being developed for the evaluation of mammographic imaging system performance. This approach takes into account both the spatial frequency properties and the x-ray spectral characteristics of the system being evaluated. The initial version of the program that implements the approach has been used to evaluate a conventional mammography source assembly for several breast thicknesses, and to compare the conventional tube and filter combination to alternatives that have been suggested for the imaging of breasts that are thicker or more dense than average. It has also been used to study the effect of varying the thickness of the molybdenum filter in the conventional system. The parameters calculated include contrast, average glandular dose, tube load, and a figure of merit, SNR2/Dose. The calculations confirm the strong dependence of system performance on both tube potential and breast thickness for the standard system, and indicate that alternative designs can improve performance in the imaging of thicker or more dense breasts. The study of filter thickness shows that, of the four parameters calculated, only tube load is strongly affected by filter thickness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1896, Medical Imaging 1993: Physics of Medical Imaging, (14 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154597
Show Author Affiliations
Robert J. Jennings, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health/FDA (United States)
P. W. Quinn, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health/FDA (United States)
Robert M. Gagne, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health/FDA (United States)
Thomas R. Fewell, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health/FDA (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1896:
Medical Imaging 1993: Physics of Medical Imaging
Rodney Shaw, Editor(s)

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