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Improved in-plane visibility of tumors using breast tomosynthesis
Author(s): Mark Ruschin; Pontus Timberg; Tony Svahn; Ingvar Andersson; Bengt Hemdal; Sören Mattsson; Magnus Båth; Anders Tingberg
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this work was to evaluate and compare the visibility of tumors in digital mammography (DM) and breast tomosynthesis (BT) images. Images of the same women were acquired on both a DM system (Mammomat Novation, Siemens) and a BT prototype system adapted from the same type of DM system. Simulated 3D tumors (average dimension: 8.4 mm x 6.6 mm x 5 mm) were projected and added to each DM image as well as each BT projection image prior to 3D reconstruction. The same beam quality and approximately the same total absorbed dose were used for each breast image acquisition on both systems. Two simulated tumors were added to each of thirty breast scans, yielding sixty cases. A series of 4-alternative forced choice (4-AFC) human observer performance experiments were conducted in order to determine what projected tumor signal intensity in the DM images would be needed to achieve the same detectability as in the reconstructed BT images. Nine observers participated. For the BT experiment, when the tumor signal intensity on the central projection was 0.010 the mean percent of correct responses (PC) was measured to be 81.5%, which converted to a detectability index value (d') of 1.96. For the DM experiments, the same detectability was achieved at a signal intensity determined to be 0.038. Equivalent tumor detection in BT images were thus achieved at around four times less projected signal intensity than in DM images, indicating that the use of BT may lead to earlier detection of breast cancer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6510, Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging, 65101J (13 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.707935
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Mark Ruschin, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Pontus Timberg, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Tony Svahn, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Ingvar Andersson, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Bengt Hemdal, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Sören Mattsson, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Magnus Båth, Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
Anders Tingberg, Lund Univ., Malmö Univ. Hospital (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6510:
Medical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging
Jiang Hsieh; Michael J. Flynn, Editor(s)

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