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Evaluation of possible phantoms for assessment of image quality in synthetic mammograms
Author(s): L. Vancoillie; L. Cockmartin; N. W. Marshall; J. Y. Lo; H. Bosmans
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Paper Abstract

Aim: Investigate 3D structured DBT phantoms with lesion models for use in the evaluation of synthetic mammography (SM) imaging performance.

Methods: 4 phantoms were investigated: CDMAM, L1, CIRS BR3D and Modular DBT Phantom (two different inserts). The phantoms were imaged on recent DBT models: Fujifilm Amulet Innovality (ST mode), GE HC Senographe Pristina, Hologic 3Dimensions, IMS Giotto Class and Siemens Mammomat Revelation. Images were acquired at automatic exposure control (AEC) level, half AEC and twice AEC. SM was calculated. The CDMAM and L1 phantom were read by human readers via a 4-Alternative Forced Choice method and thresholds were established. CIRS BR3D and Modular DBT Phantom were analysed by counting visible lesions.

Results: The scores obtained from the phantoms had the same tendencies among systems. The phantoms highlight many specific characteristics of the SM algorithms such as tuning contrast enhancement to a range of sizes. The phantoms confirm, as in 2D and DBT, an impact of dose on detectability of microcalcification-like inserts but not on masses. None of the phantoms evaluate the SM for different glandular tissue or thickness distributions.

Conclusion: For all phantoms, SM found a number of lesion-like targets and an impact of dose as expected. Whether these phantom readings are representative for quality in SM in real practice is not yet proven. More elaborated sensitivity studies should be done prior to the use of the phantoms in routine QC. Ultimately, accurate assessment of SM may have to be done via virtual trials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2020
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11312, Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging, 113120J (16 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2548465
Show Author Affiliations
L. Vancoillie, KU Leuven (Belgium)
L. Cockmartin, UZ Leuven (Belgium)
N. W. Marshall, KU Leuven (Belgium)
UZ Leuven (Belgium)
J. Y. Lo, Duke Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
H. Bosmans, KU Leuven (Belgium)
UZ Leuven (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11312:
Medical Imaging 2020: Physics of Medical Imaging
Guang-Hong Chen; Hilde Bosmans, Editor(s)

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