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A simple edge device method for determining the presampling modulation transfer function (MTF) of flat field digital detectors
Author(s): Beilei Wang; Kenneth Barner; Denny Lee; Brian Rodricks; Chuande Liu
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Paper Abstract

The presampling modulation transfer function (MTF) of a digital imaging system is commonly determined by measuring the system’s line spread function (LSF) using a narrow slit or differentiating the detector’s edge spread function (ESF) with an edge device. The slit method requires precise fabrication and alignment of a slit as well as a high radiation exposure. The edge method [3] is a complicated image processing procedure, requiring determination of the edge angle, reprojection, sub-binning, smoothing and differentiating the ESF, and spectral estimation. In this paper, a simple method is employed to evaluate the MTF using an edge device. The image processing procedures required by this method involve simply the determination of the over-sampling rate and the Fourier transform of the modified ESF. Differentiation and signal to noise ratio (SNR) improvement are jointly applied in the Fourier domain. The MTFs obtained by this simple method are compared to the theoretical MTF and the previously proposed more complicated edge method. The experimental results show that the proposed method provides a simple, accurate and convenient measurement of the presampling MTF for digital imaging systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5745, Medical Imaging 2005: Physics of Medical Imaging, (20 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.595243
Show Author Affiliations
Beilei Wang, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Kenneth Barner, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Denny Lee, Hologic Corp. (United States)
Brian Rodricks, Hologic Corp. (United States)
Chuande Liu, Hologic Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5745:
Medical Imaging 2005: Physics of Medical Imaging
Michael J. Flynn, Editor(s)

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