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Observer performance assessment of dry laser versus traditional wet film imaging systems
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Paper Abstract

This study compared diagnostic accuracy and image quality for laser imaging film from two systems: traditional 'wet' using chemical processing and the new 'DryView' system from 3M which is wet-chemistry-free. Three separate ROC studies (for CT, MRI, and US) were conducted. The 'wet' and 'dry' laser film imaging systems were connected in parallel and identical images for each case were printed on both systems. For each of the 3 studies, 10 radiologists reviewed each case, reporting diagnostic decision confidence. Evaluations of image quality (overall quality, visibility, sharpness, color, contrast) were also obtained. In all three studies, there were no major differences in diagnostic accuracy (ROC Az) for 'wet' vs 'dry' films, although performance was on average higher for the 'dry' film in all three modalities. Judgments of image quality were comparable for 'wet' and 'dry' films for all three modalities. There were no significant differences in viewing time in any of the studies. Thus, 'dry' processing represents a very useful, cost-effective and pollution-free alternative to currently used 'wet' laser imaging systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2707, Medical Imaging 1996: Image Display, (15 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238463
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Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Health Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2707:
Medical Imaging 1996: Image Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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