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Detection of calcification clusters in digital breast tomosynthesis slices at different dose levels utilizing a SRSAR reconstruction and JAFROC
Author(s): P. Timberg; M. Dustler; H. Petersson; A. Tingberg; S. Zackrisson
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Purpose: To investigate detection performance for calcification clusters in reconstructed digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) slices at different dose levels using a Super Resolution and Statistical Artifact Reduction (SRSAR) reconstruction method. Method: Simulated calcifications with irregular profile (0.2 mm diameter) where combined to form clusters that were added to projection images (1-3 per abnormal image) acquired on a DBT system (Mammomat Inspiration, Siemens). The projection images were dose reduced by software to form 35 abnormal cases and 25 normal cases as if acquired at 100%, 75% and 50% dose level (AGD of approximately 1.6 mGy for a 53 mm standard breast, measured according to EUREF v0.15). A standard FBP and a SRSAR reconstruction method (utilizing IRIS (iterative reconstruction filters), and outlier detection using Maximum-Intensity Projections and Average-Intensity Projections) were used to reconstruct single central slices to be used in a Free-response task (60 images per observer and dose level). Six observers participated and their task was to detect the clusters and assign confidence rating in randomly presented images from the whole image set (balanced by dose level). Each trial was separated by one weeks to reduce possible memory bias. The outcome was analyzed for statistical differences using Jackknifed Alternative Free-response Receiver Operating Characteristics. Results: The results indicate that it is possible reduce the dose by 50% with SRSAR without jeopardizing cluster detection. Conclusions: The detection performance for clusters can be maintained at a lower dose level by using SRSAR reconstruction.

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Date Published: 17 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9416, Medical Imaging 2015: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 941604 (17 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081879
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P. Timberg, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
Skåne Univ. Hospital (Sweden)
M. Dustler, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
H. Petersson, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
A. Tingberg, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
S. Zackrisson, Skåne Univ. Hospital (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9416:
Medical Imaging 2015: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Claudia R. Mello-Thoms; Matthew A. Kupinski, Editor(s)

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