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Variable-Thickness Chest Filtration: The Effect Of High Atomic Number Filter Materials
Author(s): Carl J. Vyborny; Heber MacMahon; Kunio Doi; Mircea Sabau
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Paper Abstract

The effect of filter material on the properties of variable-thickness equalization filters for chest radiography was investigated. Filters made of nickel, tantalum, and lead which provided very similar improvements in mediastinal penetration were compared with regard to their scatter fractions, image contrasts and patient exposures. Their performances in these terms were found to be very similar, even though they produce considerably different x-ray spectra. The K edge filters (tantalum and lead) yielded slightly higher image contrast and patient exposure than did the non-K edge filter (nickel). The effect of filter material on contrast and exposure was less than the effect of usual patient-to-patient variation on these quantities, however.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0486, Medical Imaging and Instrumentation '84, (28 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943192
Show Author Affiliations
Carl J. Vyborny, The University of Chicago (United States)
Heber MacMahon, The University of Chicago (United States)
Kunio Doi, The University of Chicago (United States)
Mircea Sabau, The University of Chicago (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0486:
Medical Imaging and Instrumentation '84
James A. Mulvaney, Editor(s)

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