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Analysis of multilayer and single layer X-ray detectors for contrast-enhanced mammography using imaging task
Author(s): Nicholas Allec; Shiva Abbaszadeh; Karim S. Karim
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Paper Abstract

A multilayer (single-shot) detector has previously been proposed for contrast-enhanced mammography. The multilayer detector has the benefit of avoiding motion artifacts due to simultaneous acquisition of both high and low energy images. A single layer (dual-shot) detector has the benefit of better control over the energy separation since the incident beams can be produced and filtered separately. In this paper the performance of the multilayer detector is compared to that of a single layer detector using an ideal observer detectability index which is determined from an extended cascaded systems model and a defined imaging task. The detectors are assumed to have amorphous selenium direct conversion layers, however the same theoretical techniques used here may be applied to other types of integrating detectors. The anatomical noise caused by variation of glandularity within the breast is known to dominate the noise power spectrum at low frequencies due to its inverse power law dependence and is thus taken into account in our model to provide an accurate estimate of the detectability index. The conditions leading to the optimal detectability index, such as tube voltage, filtration, and weight factor are reported for both detector designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7961, Medical Imaging 2011: Physics of Medical Imaging, 796111 (16 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877854
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas Allec, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Shiva Abbaszadeh, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Karim S. Karim, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7961:
Medical Imaging 2011: Physics of Medical Imaging
Norbert J. Pelc; Ehsan Samei; Robert M. Nishikawa, Editor(s)

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