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Resolution performance of a 2000-line system for digital fluoroscopy
Author(s): Timothy L. Stevener; Thomas L. Vogelsong; William Bitler; Marc W. Broemmelsiek
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Paper Abstract

Image quality in digital fluoroscopic and angiographic systems has been limited by camera resolution and image processing capabilities especially for large fields of view. An intense research and development effort has led to an increase in the resolution performance of a digital image system designed for fluoroscopy and angiography applications. The result of this effort has been recently realized by the introduction of a 2000 line digital fluoroscopic/angiographic x-ray system capable of processing 20482 digital images at 7.5 frames per second. This paper presents the latest theoretical information and recently obtained clinical results demonstrating the improvement in resolution performance compared with the traditional 1000 line system. Several recent technological advances in the performance of image intensifiers, camera tubes, display monitors, and the semiconductor industry have enabled cost-effective solutions to earlier obstacles to 2000 line imaging. The various components of the 2000 line digital fluoroscopic imaging system affecting resolution are presented individually with emphasis on the total impact on system performance. These key components include large field of view image intensifiers, camera tubes, optics, image displays, hardcopy devices and image processing hardware. The processing hardware referenced in this paper is described in detail in a paper titled '2048 Line by 2048 Pixel High- Speed Image Processor for Digital Fluoroscopy' which is presented in the Image Display section of this conference. The MTF characteristics of these various components are illustrated and used to demonstrate their impact on the clinical images displayed on the monitor or hard copied on a laser printer. The results presented in this paper demonstrate the improvement in resolution performance with increased visibility of image details of clinical benefit that can be realized from a 2000 line digital fluoroscopic imaging system when compared with traditional 1000 line systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2432, Medical Imaging 1995: Physics of Medical Imaging, (8 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208371
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy L. Stevener, InfiMed (United States)
Thomas L. Vogelsong, InfiMed (United States)
William Bitler, InfiMed (United States)
Marc W. Broemmelsiek, Video Optics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2432:
Medical Imaging 1995: Physics of Medical Imaging
Richard L. Van Metter; Jacob Beutel, Editor(s)

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