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Visibility of single spiculations in digital breast tomosynthesis
Author(s): Pontus Timberg; Magnus Dustler; Daniel Förnvik; Sophia Zackrisson
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Paper Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the visibility of single spiculations in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Method: Simulated spheres (6 mm diameter) with single spiculations were added to projection images acquired on a DBT system (MAMMOMAT Inspiration, Siemens). The spiculations had a cylindrical shape and were randomly, diagonally aligned (at four different positions: ± π/4 or ± 3π/4) at a plane parallel to the detector. They were assumed to consist of a fibroglandular tissue composition. The length of the spiculations was 5 mm while the diameter varied (0.12 – 0.28 mm). Reconstructed central slices of the lesion, separated by insertion in fatty or dense breasts (100 images in each), were used in 4-alternative forced choice (4AFC) human observer experiments. Three different reconstructions were used: filtered back projection (FBP) with 1 mm thick slices and a statistical artifact reduction reconstruction (SAR) method generating 1 and 2 mm thick slices. Five readers participated and their task was to locate the spiculation in randomly presented images from the whole image set (4 diameters × 100 images). The percent correct (PC) decision was determined in both fat and dense tissue for all spiculation diameters and reconstructions. Results: At a PC level of 95% the required diameter was about 0.17 – 0.22 mm in dense tissue, and 0.18 – 0.26 mm in fatty tissue (depending upon reconstruction). Conclusions: SAR was found to be a promising alternative to FBP. The visibility of single spiculations was determined. The required diameter depends on both tissue composition and reconstruction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8673, Medical Imaging 2013: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 86731B (28 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005853
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Pontus Timberg, Lund Univ., Skåne Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Magnus Dustler, Lund Univ., Skåne Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Daniel Förnvik, Lund Univ., Skåne Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Sophia Zackrisson, Lund Univ., Skåne Univ. Hospital (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8673:
Medical Imaging 2013: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Craig K. Abbey; Claudia R. Mello-Thoms, Editor(s)

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