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Storage phosphor-based digital mammography using a low-dose x-ray system optimized for screen-film mammography
Author(s): Robert J. Jennings; Hamid Jafroudi; Robert M. Gagne; Thomas R. Fewell; P. W. Quinn; Dorothy E. Steller Artz; James J. Vucich; Matthew T. Freedman; Seong Ki Mun
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Paper Abstract

We are examining the feasibility of performing digital mammography by combining a storage- phosphor image receptor with a highly efficient x-ray system. The image receptor consists of Fuji series HR-V high resolution imaging plates and a Fuji 9000 reader. The x-ray system was developed using multiparameter optimization techniques, with the goal of reducing patient dose as much as possible while retaining acceptable imaging performance. We have measured sensitometric properties, modulation transfer function (MTF), and noise power spectrum (NPS) of the Fuji plates with low-energy x-ray spectra. We have used the measurements, along with information about the x-ray system, to estimate signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) for objects in a contrast-detail (C-D) phantom. We present the results of our measurements on the Fuji plates, comparisons of calculated and observed C-D diagrams for this system and a conventional system, and comparisons of phantom images and doses for this system to images and doses for a conventional system. We conclude that digital mammography with the system studied is at least feasible since phantom image quality is comparable to that of a conventional system at dose levels that are somewhat lower.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2708, Medical Imaging 1996: Physics of Medical Imaging, (11 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237785
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Robert J. Jennings, FDA Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health (United States)
Hamid Jafroudi, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Robert M. Gagne, FDA Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health (United States)
Thomas R. Fewell, FDA Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health (United States)
P. W. Quinn, FDA Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health (United States)
Dorothy E. Steller Artz, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
James J. Vucich, National Institutes of Health (United States)
Matthew T. Freedman, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Seong Ki Mun, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2708:
Medical Imaging 1996: Physics of Medical Imaging
Richard L. Van Metter; Jacob Beutel, Editor(s)

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