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Preliminary display comparison for dental diagnostic applications
Author(s): Nicholas Odlum; Guillaume Spalla; Nele van Assche; Bart Vandenberghe; Reinhilde Jacobs; Marc Quirynen; Cédric Marchessoux
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Paper Abstract

The aim of this study is to predict the clinical performance and image quality of a display system for viewing dental images. At present, the use of dedicated medical displays is not uniform among dentists - many still view images on ordinary consumer displays. This work investigated whether the use of a medical display improved the perception of dental images by a clinician, compared to a consumer display. Display systems were simulated using the MEdical Virtual Imaging Chain (MEVIC). Images derived from two carefully performed studies on periodontal bone lesion detection and endodontic file length determination, were used. Three displays were selected: a medical grade one and two consumer displays (Barco MDRC-2120, Dell 1907FP and Dell 2007FPb). Some typical characteristics of the displays are evaluated by measurements and simulations like the Modulation Function (MTF), the Noise Power Spectrum (NPS), backlight stability or calibration. For the MTF, the display with the largest pixel pitch has logically the worst MTF. Moreover, the medical grade display has a slightly better MTF and the displays have similar NPS. The study shows the instability effect for the emitted intensity of the consumer displays compared to the medical grade one. Finally the study on the calibration methodology of the display shows that the signal in the dental images will be always more perceivable on the DICOM GSDF display than a gamma 2,2 display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8318, Medical Imaging 2012: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 83181S (22 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917043
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Nicholas Odlum, Barco N.V. (Belgium)
Guillaume Spalla, Barco N.V. (Belgium)
Nele van Assche, UZ Leuven (Belgium)
Bart Vandenberghe, UZ Leuven (Belgium)
Reinhilde Jacobs, UZ Leuven (Belgium)
Marc Quirynen, UZ Leuven (Belgium)
Cédric Marchessoux, Barco N.V. (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8318:
Medical Imaging 2012: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Craig K. Abbey; Claudia R. Mello-Thoms, Editor(s)

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