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Digital Method To Evaluate The Noise Of X-Ray Image Intensifiers
Author(s): H. Roehrig; B. Lum; D. Fisher; D. Ouimette; M. P. Capp; M. M. Frost; S. Nudelman
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Paper Abstract

A novel method has been developed to evaluate the noise of x-ray image intensifiers. Fast electronics and a fast photomultiplier tube (PMT) are optically coupled to the output of an x-ray image intensifier. The light emission induced in the intensifier by the absorption of x-ray photons is measured by counting single PMT photoelectrons. The fluctuation in the number of counted PMT photoelectrons per absorbed monochromatic x-ray photon is a measure of the noise of the x-ray image intensifier. It is characterized by an efficiency factor called DQEscin whose values have been obtained from PMT count distributions for five x-ray energies. Experimental results reveal that the output signal-to-noise ratio of the x-ray image intensifier under study is reduced by no more than 10% as expected from the efficiency factor DQEscin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 December 1979
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0206, Recent and Future Developments in Medical Imaging II, (26 December 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.958204
Show Author Affiliations
H. Roehrig, University of Arizona (United States)
B. Lum, University of Arizona (United States)
D. Fisher, University of Arizona (United States)
D. Ouimette, University of Arizona (United States)
M. P. Capp, University of Arizona (United States)
M. M. Frost, University of Arizona (United States)
S. Nudelman, University of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0206:
Recent and Future Developments in Medical Imaging II
David G. Brown; Stephen W. Smith, Editor(s)

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