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Theoretical and empirical characterization of the physical characteristics of a clinical digital mammography system
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Paper Abstract

The physical performance characteristics of a clinical full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system were analyzed for different target/filter conditions using theoretical modeling and experimental measurements. The signal and noise propagation through the various stages of the FFDM system was simulated as a cascaded process and used to compute the frequency dependent detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of the system. The presampling modulation transfer function (MTF) of the system and the noise power spectra (NPS) of the system were measured under the different spectral conditions as used in the theoretical model at an exposure close to 10-mR from which corresponding DQEs were computed. The experimental zero frequency DQE after filtering the x-ray beam through 45-mm acrylic was estimated at 0.51, 0.48, and 0.46 for Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh, and Rh/Rh respectively. A good agreement between the theoretical and experimental results was observed. The clinical digital mammography system appears to exhibit favorable physical characteristics and similar models could be used to design and optimize other imaging systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5030, Medical Imaging 2003: Physics of Medical Imaging, (5 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480230
Show Author Affiliations
Sankararaman Suryanarayanan, Emory Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Andrew Karellas, Emory Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Srinivasan Vedantham, Emory Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Hetal Ved, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Carl J. D'Orsi, Emory Univ. School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5030:
Medical Imaging 2003: Physics of Medical Imaging
Martin J. Yaffe; Larry E. Antonuk, Editor(s)

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