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Clinical verification of TG18 methodology for display quality evaluation
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Paper Abstract

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 18 (TG18) has recently developed guidelines for objective performance evaluation of medical displays. This paper reports on the first multi-institutional trial focusing on the implementation and clinical verification of the TG18 methodology for performance testing of medical image display devices in use at different clinical centers. A minimum of two newly-installed PACS display devices were tested at each institution. The devices represented a broad spectrum of makes and models of 1-5 megapixel CRT and LCD display devices. They were all either new or in clinical use for primary diagnosis with acceptable performance at the time of testing. The TG18 test patterns were loaded on all the systems. Visual and quantitative tests were performed according to the guidelines for assessing specific display quality characteristics including geometrical distortion, reflection, luminance response, luminance uniformity, resolution, noise, veiling glare, color uniformity, and display artifacts. The results were collected in a common database. For each test, the results and their variability were compared to the recommended acceptance criteria. The findings indicated that TG18 tests and guidelines can easily be implemented in clinical settings. Most recommended criteria were deemed appropriate, while small minor modifications were suggested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5029, Medical Imaging 2003: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (30 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480381
Show Author Affiliations
Ehsan Samei, Duke Univ. (United States)
S. Jeff Shepard, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Kenneth A. Fetterly, Mayo Clinic and Foundation (United States)
Hee-Joung Kim, Yonsei Univ. College of Medicine (South Korea)
Hans Roehrig, Univ. of Arizona Health Sciences Ctr. (United States)
Michael J. Flynn, Henry Ford Health System (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5029:
Medical Imaging 2003: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Robert L. Galloway Jr., Editor(s)

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