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Dual-energy in mammography: feasibility study
Author(s): Hamid Jafroudi; Shih-Chung Benedict Lo; Huai Li; Dorothy E. Steller Artz; Matthew T. Freedman; Seong Ki Mun
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this work is to examine the feasibility of dual-energy techniques to enhance the detection of microcalcifications in digital mammography. The digital mammography system used in this study consists of two different mammography systems; one is the conventional mammography system with molybdenum target and Mo filtration and the other is the clinical version of a low dose x-ray system with tungsten target and aluminum filtration. The low dose system is optimized for screen-film mammography with a highly efficient scatter rejection device built by Fischer Imaging Systems for evaluation at NIH. The system was designed by the University of Southern California based on multiparameter optimization techniques. Prototypes of this system have been constructed and evaluated at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The digital radiography system is based on the Fuji 9000 computed radiography (CR) system which uses a storage phosphor imaging plate as the receptor. High resolution plates (HR-V) are used in this study. Dual-energy is one technique to reduce the structured noise associated with the complexity of the background of normal anatomy surrounding a lesion. This can be done by taking the advantage of the x-ray attenuation characteristics of two different structures such as soft tissue and bone in chest radiography. We have applied this technique to the detection of microcalcifications in mammography. The overall system performance based on this technique is evaluated. Results presented are based on the evaluation of phantom images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 1996
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 2708, Medical Imaging 1996: Physics of Medical Imaging, (11 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237789
Show Author Affiliations
Hamid Jafroudi, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Shih-Chung Benedict Lo, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Huai Li, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Dorothy E. Steller Artz, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (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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