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Model observers for complex discrimination tasks: assessments of multiple coronary stent placements
Author(s): Sheng Zhang; Craig K. Abbey; Arian Teymoorian; Xiaolin Da; James S. Whiting; Miguel P. Eckstein
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Paper Abstract

As an important clinical task, evaluating the placement of multiple coronary stents requires fine judgments of distance between stents. However, making these judgments is limited by low system resolution, noise, low contrast of the deployed stent, and stent motion during the cardiac cycle. We use task performance as a figure of merit for optimizing image display parameters. In previous work, we described our simulation procedure in detail, and also reported results of human observers for a visual task involving discrimination of 4 gap sizes under various frame rates and number of frames. Here, we report the results of three spatial model observers (i.e. NPW, NPWE, and PWMF) and two temporal sensitivity functions (i.e. transient and sustained) for the same task. Under signal known exactly conditions, we find that model observers can be used to predict human observers in terms of discrimination accuracy by adding internal noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7627, Medical Imaging 2010: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 76270W (3 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.846378
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Sheng Zhang, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Craig K. Abbey, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
Arian Teymoorian, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Xiaolin Da, Cedars-Sinai Medical Ctr. (United States)
James S. Whiting, Cedars-Sinai Medical Ctr. (United States)
Miguel P. Eckstein, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7627:
Medical Imaging 2010: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
David J. Manning; Craig K. Abbey, Editor(s)

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