Sample records for mammography image quality

  1. TL dosimetry for quality control of CR mammography imaging systems

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    Gaona, E.; Nieto, J. A.; Góngora, J. A. I. D.; Arreola, M.; Enríquez, J. G. F.

    The aim of this work is to estimate the average glandular dose with thermoluminescent (TL) dosimetry and comparison with quality imaging in computed radiography (CR) mammography. For a measuring dose, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) use a phantom, so that dose and image quality are assessed with the same test object. The mammography is a radiological image to visualize early biological manifestations of breast cancer. Digital systems have two types of image-capturing devices, full field digital mammography (FFDM) and CR mammography. In Mexico, there are several CR mammography systems in clinical use, but only one system has been approved for use by the FDA. Mammography CR uses a photostimulable phosphor detector (PSP) system. Most CR plates are made of 85% BaFBr and 15% BaFI doped with europium (Eu) commonly called barium flourohalideE We carry out an exploratory survey of six CR mammography units from three different manufacturers and six dedicated X-ray mammography units with fully automatic exposure. The results show three CR mammography units (50%) have a dose greater than 3.0 mGy without demonstrating improved image quality. The differences between doses averages from TLD system and dosimeter with ionization chamber are less than 10%. TLD system is a good option for average glandular dose measurement for X-rays with a HVL (0.35-0.38 mmAl) and kVp (24-26) used in quality control procedures with ACR Mammography Accreditation Phantom.

  2. Evaluation of image quality in computed radiography based mammography systems

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    Singh, Abhinav; Bhwaria, Vipin; Valentino, Daniel J.

    2011-03-01

    Mammography is the most widely accepted procedure for the early detection of breast cancer and Computed Radiography (CR) is a cost-effective technology for digital mammography. We have demonstrated that CR mammography image quality is viable for Digital Mammography. The image quality of mammograms acquired using Computed Radiography technology was evaluated using the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), Noise Power Spectrum (NPS) and Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE). The measurements were made using a 28 kVp beam (RQA M-II) using 2 mm of Al as a filter and a target/filter combination of Mo/Mo. The acquired image bit depth was 16 bits and the pixel pitch for scanning was 50 microns. A Step-Wedge phantom (to measure the Contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR)) and the CDMAM 3.4 Contrast Detail phantom were also used to assess the image quality. The CNR values were observed at varying thickness of PMMA. The CDMAM 3.4 phantom results were plotted and compared to the EUREF acceptable and achievable values. The effect on image quality was measured using the physics metrics. A lower DQE was observed even with a higher MTF. This could be possibly due to a higher noise component present due to the way the scanner was configured. The CDMAM phantom scores demonstrated a contrast-detail comparable to the EUREF values. A cost-effective CR machine was optimized for high-resolution and high-contrast imaging.

  3. The influence of software filtering in digital mammography image quality

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    Michail, C.; Spyropoulou, V.; Kalyvas, N.; Valais, I.; Dimitropoulos, N.; Fountos, G.; Kandarakis, I.; Panayiotakis, G.

    2009-05-01

    Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers among women. Several techniques have been developed to help in the early detection of breast cancer such as conventional and digital x-ray mammography, positron and single-photon emission mammography, etc. A key advantage in digital mammography is that images can be manipulated as simple computer image files. Thus non-dedicated commercially available image manipulation software can be employed to process and store the images. The image processing tools of the Photoshop (CS 2) software usually incorporate digital filters which may be used to reduce image noise, enhance contrast and increase spatial resolution. However, improving an image quality parameter may result in degradation of another. The aim of this work was to investigate the influence of three sharpening filters, named hereafter sharpen, sharpen more and sharpen edges on image resolution and noise. Image resolution was assessed by means of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF).In conclusion it was found that the correct use of commercial non-dedicated software on digital mammograms may improve some aspects of image quality.

  4. Improved image quality with Bayesian image processing in digital mammography

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    Baydush, Alan H.; Floyd, Carey E., Jr.

    2000-06-01

    Recent developments in digital detectors have led to investigating the importance of grids in mammography. We propose to examine the use Bayesian Image Estimation (BIE) as a software means of removing scatter post acquisition and to compare this technique to a grid. BIE is an iterative, non- linear statistical estimation technique that reduces scatter content while improving CNR. Images of the ACR breast phantom were acquired both with and without a grid on a calibrated digital mammography system. A BIE algorithm was developed and was used to process the images acquired without the grid. Scatter fractions (SF) were compared for the image acquired with the grid, the image acquired without the grid, and the image acquired without the grid and processed by BIE. Images acquired without the anti-scatter grid had an initial SF of 0.46. Application of the Bayesian image estimation technique reduced this to 0.03. In comparison, the use of the grid reduced the SF to 0.19. The use of Bayesian image estimation in digital mammography is beneficial in reducing scatter fractions. This technique is very useful as it can reduce scatter content effectively without introducing any adverse effects such as aliasing caused by gridlines.

  5. Effect of scatter on image quality in synchrotron radiation mammography

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    Moeckli, Raphael; Verdun, Francis R.; Fiedler, Stefan; Pachoud, Marc; Schnyder, Pierre; Valley, Jean-Francois

    2001-06-01

    The display of low-contrast structures and fine microcalcifications is essential for the early diagnosis of breast cancer. In order to achieve a high image quality level with a minimum amount of radiation delivered to the patient, the use of different spectra (Mo or Rh anode and filters) was introduced. The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is able to produce a monochromatic beam with a high photon flux. It is thus a powerful tool to study the effect of beam energy on image quality and dose in mammography. Our image quality assessment is based on the calculation of the size of the smallest microcalcification detectable on a radiograph, derived from the statistical decision theory. The mean glandular dose is simultaneously measured. Compared with conventional mammography units, the monochromaticity of synchrotron beams improves contrast and the use of a slit instead of an anti-scatter grid leads to a higher primary beam transmission. The relative contribution of these two effects on image quality and dose is discussed.

  6. Exploratory survey of image quality on CR digital mammography imaging systems in Mexico.

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    Gaona, E; Rivera, T; Arreola, M; Franco, J; Molina, N; Alvarez, B; Azorín, C G; Casian, G

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the current status of image quality and dose in computed radiographic digital mammography (CRDM) systems. Studies included CRDM systems of various models and manufacturers which dose and image quality comparisons were performed. Due to the recent rise in the use of digital radiographic systems in Mexico, CRDM systems are rapidly replacing conventional film-screen systems without any regard to quality control or image quality standards. Study was conducted in 65 mammography facilities which use CRDM systems in the Mexico City and surrounding States. The systems were tested as used clinically. This means that the dose and beam qualities were selected using the automatic beam selection and photo-timed features. All systems surveyed generate laser film hardcopies for the radiologist to read on a scope or mammographic high luminance light box. It was found that 51 of CRDM systems presented a variety of image artefacts and non-uniformities arising from inadequate acquisition and processing, as well as from the laser printer itself. Undisciplined alteration of image processing settings by the technologist was found to be a serious prevalent problem in 42 facilities. Only four of them showed an image QC program which is periodically monitored by a medical physicist. The Average Glandular Dose (AGD) in the surveyed systems was estimated to have a mean value of 2.4 mGy. To improve image quality in mammography and make more efficient screening mammographic in early detection of breast cancer is required new legislation. PMID:23938078

  7. Objective comparison of image quality and dose between conventional and synchrotron radiation mammography.

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    Moeckli, R; Verdun, F R; Fiedler, S; Pachoud, M; Schnyder, P; Valley, J F

    2000-12-01

    The shape of the energy spectrum produced by an x-ray tube has a great importance in mammography. Many anode-filtration combinations have been proposed to obtain the most effective spectrum shape for the image quality-dose relationship. On the other hand, third generation synchrotrons such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble are able to produce a high flux of monoenergetic radiation. It is thus a powerful tool to study the effect of beam energy on image quality and dose in mammography. An objective method was used to evaluate image quality and dose in mammography with synchrotron radiation and to compare them to standard conventional units. It was performed systematically in the energy range of interest for mammography through the evaluation of a global image quality index and through the measurement of the mean glandular dose. Compared to conventional mammography units, synchrotron radiation shows a great improvement of the image quality-dose relationship, which is due to the beam monochromaticity and to the high intrinsic collimation of the beam, which allows the use of a slit instead of an anti-scatter grid for scatter rejection. PMID:11131181

  8. Investigation of diagnostic and image quality attributes: comparison of screen-film to CR mammography

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    Fletcher-Heath, Lynn; Richards, Anne; Ryan-Kron, Susan

    2006-03-01

    Digital mammography is advancing into an arena where analog has long been the gold standard. Direct digital systems may not be the favored solution for a particular site while computed radiography (CR) mammography, remains unproven worldwide. This pilot study responds to the growing desire to acquire and display digital mammographic images by exploring the acceptability of CR mammography. Images representing a range of breast tissue types were collected from 49 subjects (17 screening; 32 diagnostic) at four clinical sites. Comparison views were collected on the same breast, under the same compression, using automatic exposure control on state-of-the-art film systems followed by CR. CR images were processed and printed to a mammography printer for hard copy feature comparison. Each image pair in the study was evaluated according to 13 image quality attributes covering noise, contrast, sharpness, and image quality in the overall captured images as well as in each of several particular breast regions (periphery and skin-line, parenchyma and fatty tissue). A rating scale from 1 to 5 was used (strong preference for film=1, strong preference for CR=5). Twelve experienced mammographers at four clinical sites scored a subset of the 49 cases for a total of 64 image pair readings. There were 64 ratings for each of 13 image quality attributes for all cases and, an additional series of scores (four or five attribute ratings) for each abnormality in the category of mass, architectural distortion and microcalcification, for a total of 1069 scores. Based on the pilot study results, it was suggested that CR was equivalent or preferred to conventional screen-film for overall image quality (38% scored 3; 46% scored >3), image contrast (27% scored 3; 59% scored >3) and sharpness (28% scored 3; 50% scored >3). No preference was found when assessing noise. This pilot study also suggested that diagnostic quality was maintained in assessing abnormalities for attributes necessary to evaluate masses and microcalcifications as compared to screen-film.

  9. Effect of image quality on calcification detection in digital mammography

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    Warren, Lucy M.; Mackenzie, Alistair; Cooke, Julie; Given-Wilson, Rosalind M.; Wallis, Matthew G.; Chakraborty, Dev P.; Dance, David R.; Bosmans, Hilde; Young, Kenneth C. [National Co-ordinating Centre for the Physics of Mammography, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford GU2 7XX, United Kingdom and Department of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Jarvis Breast Screening and Diagnostic Centre, Guildford GU1 1LJ (United Kingdom); Department of Radiology, St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Tooting, London SW17 0QT (United Kingdom); Cambridge Breast Unit, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, United Kingdom and NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, Cambridge CB2 0QQ (United Kingdom); Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15210 (United States); National Co-ordinating Centre for the Physics of Mammography, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford GU2 7XX, United Kingdom and Department of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); University Hospitals Leuven, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium); National Co-ordinating Centre for the Physics of Mammography, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford GU2 7XX, United Kingdom and Department of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom)

    2012-06-15

    Purpose: This study aims to investigate if microcalcification detection varies significantly when mammographic images are acquired using different image qualities, including: different detectors, dose levels, and different image processing algorithms. An additional aim was to determine how the standard European method of measuring image quality using threshold gold thickness measured with a CDMAM phantom and the associated limits in current EU guidelines relate to calcification detection. Methods: One hundred and sixty two normal breast images were acquired on an amorphous selenium direct digital (DR) system. Microcalcification clusters extracted from magnified images of slices of mastectomies were electronically inserted into half of the images. The calcification clusters had a subtle appearance. All images were adjusted using a validated mathematical method to simulate the appearance of images from a computed radiography (CR) imaging system at the same dose, from both systems at half this dose, and from the DR system at quarter this dose. The original 162 images were processed with both Hologic and Agfa (Musica-2) image processing. All other image qualities were processed with Agfa (Musica-2) image processing only. Seven experienced observers marked and rated any identified suspicious regions. Free response operating characteristic (FROC) and ROC analyses were performed on the data. The lesion sensitivity at a nonlesion localization fraction (NLF) of 0.1 was also calculated. Images of the CDMAM mammographic test phantom were acquired using the automatic setting on the DR system. These images were modified to the additional image qualities used in the observer study. The images were analyzed using automated software. In order to assess the relationship between threshold gold thickness and calcification detection a power law was fitted to the data. Results: There was a significant reduction in calcification detection using CR compared with DR: the alternative FROC (AFROC) area decreased from 0.84 to 0.63 and the ROC area decreased from 0.91 to 0.79 (p < 0.0001). This corresponded to a 30% drop in lesion sensitivity at a NLF equal to 0.1. Detection was also sensitive to the dose used. There was no significant difference in detection between the two image processing algorithms used (p > 0.05). It was additionally found that lower threshold gold thickness from CDMAM analysis implied better cluster detection. The measured threshold gold thickness passed the acceptable limit set in the EU standards for all image qualities except half dose CR. However, calcification detection varied significantly between image qualities. This suggests that the current EU guidelines may need revising. Conclusions: Microcalcification detection was found to be sensitive to detector and dose used. Standard measurements of image quality were a good predictor of microcalcification cluster detection.

  10. Effect of image quality on calcification detection in digital mammography

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    Warren, Lucy M.; Mackenzie, Alistair; Cooke, Julie; Given-Wilson, Rosalind M.; Wallis, Matthew G.; Chakraborty, Dev P.; Dance, David R.; Bosmans, Hilde; Young, Kenneth C.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: This study aims to investigate if microcalcification detection varies significantly when mammographic images are acquired using different image qualities, including: different detectors, dose levels, and different image processing algorithms. An additional aim was to determine how the standard European method of measuring image quality using threshold gold thickness measured with a CDMAM phantom and the associated limits in current EU guidelines relate to calcification detection. Methods: One hundred and sixty two normal breast images were acquired on an amorphous selenium direct digital (DR) system. Microcalcification clusters extracted from magnified images of slices of mastectomies were electronically inserted into half of the images. The calcification clusters had a subtle appearance. All images were adjusted using a validated mathematical method to simulate the appearance of images from a computed radiography (CR) imaging system at the same dose, from both systems at half this dose, and from the DR system at quarter this dose. The original 162 images were processed with both Hologic and Agfa (Musica-2) image processing. All other image qualities were processed with Agfa (Musica-2) image processing only. Seven experienced observers marked and rated any identified suspicious regions. Free response operating characteristic (FROC) and ROC analyses were performed on the data. The lesion sensitivity at a nonlesion localization fraction (NLF) of 0.1 was also calculated. Images of the CDMAM mammographic test phantom were acquired using the automatic setting on the DR system. These images were modified to the additional image qualities used in the observer study. The images were analyzed using automated software. In order to assess the relationship between threshold gold thickness and calcification detection a power law was fitted to the data. Results: There was a significant reduction in calcification detection using CR compared with DR: the alternative FROC (AFROC) area decreased from 0.84 to 0.63 and the ROC area decreased from 0.91 to 0.79 (p?image processing algorithms used (p?>?0.05). It was additionally found that lower threshold gold thickness from CDMAM analysis implied better cluster detection. The measured threshold gold thickness passed the acceptable limit set in the EU standards for all image qualities except half dose CR. However, calcification detection varied significantly between image qualities. This suggests that the current EU guidelines may need revising. Conclusions: Microcalcification detection was found to be sensitive to detector and dose used. Standard measurements of image quality were a good predictor of microcalcification cluster detection. PMID:22755704

  11. Figure of Image Quality and Information Capacity in Digital Mammography

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    Michail, Christos M.; Kalyvas, Nektarios E.; Valais, Ioannis G.; Fudos, Ioannis P.; Fountos, George P.; Dimitropoulos, Nikos; Kandarakis, Ioannis S.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. In this work, a simple technique to assess the image quality characteristics of the postprocessed image is developed and an easy to use figure of image quality (FIQ) is introduced. This FIQ characterizes images in terms of resolution and noise. In addition information capacity, defined within the context of Shannon's information theory, was used as an overall image quality index. Materials and Methods. A digital mammographic image was postprocessed with three digital filters. Resolution and noise were calculated via the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), the coefficient of variation, and the figure of image quality. In addition, frequency dependent parameters such as the noise power spectrum (NPS) and noise equivalent quanta (NEQ) were estimated and used to assess information capacity. Results. FIQs for the “raw image” data and the image processed with the “sharpen edges” filter were found 907.3 and 1906.1, correspondingly. The information capacity values were 60.86 × 103 and 78.96 × 103?bits/mm2. Conclusion. It was found that, after the application of the postprocessing techniques (even commercial nondedicated software) on the raw digital mammograms, MTF, NPS, and NEQ are improved for medium to high spatial frequencies leading to resolving smaller structures in the final image. PMID:24895593

  12. SU-E-I-04: A Mammography Phantom to Measure Mean Glandular Dose and Image Quality

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    Lopez-Pineda, E; Ruiz-Trejo, C; E, Brandan M [Instituto de Fisica UNAM, Mexico City, DF (Mexico)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To evaluate mean glandular dose (MGD) and image quality in a selection of mammography systems using a novel phantom based on thermoluminescent dosemeters and the ACR wax insert. Methods: The phantom consists of two acrylic, 19 cm diameter, 4.5 cm thick, semicircular modules, used in sequence. The image quality module contains the ACR insert and is used to obtain a quality control image under automatic exposure conditions. The dosimetric module carries 15 TLD-100 chips, some under Al foils, to determine air kerma and half-value-layer. TL readings take place at our laboratory under controlled conditions. Calibration was performed using an ionization chamber and a Senographe 2000D unit for a variety of beam qualities, from 24 to 40 kV, Mo and Rh anodes and filters. Phantom MGD values agree, on the average, within 3% with ionization chamber data, and their precision is better than 10% (k=1). Results: MGD and image quality have been evaluated in a selection of mammography units currently used in Mexican health services. The sample includes analogic (screen/film), flexible digital (CR), and full-field digital image receptors. The highest MDG are associated to the CR technology. The most common image quality failure is due to artifacts (dust, intensifying screen scratches, and processor marks for film/screen, laser reader defects for CR). Conclusion: The developed phantom permits the MGD measurement without the need of a calibrated ionization chamber at the mammography site and can be used by a technician without the presence of a medical physicist. The results indicate the urgent need to establish quality control programs for mammography.

  13. What Makes a Good Mammography Image?

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    Brandan, Maria-Ester [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A.P. 20-346, Mexico 01000 DF (Mexico)

    2007-11-26

    The early detection of breast cancer requires a high quality image, which is provided by mammography. The main indicators of technical image quality, contrast, spatial resolution, noise and absence of artifacts, are described, as well as the elements responsible for their values in a mammography unit. Since screening mammography is applied to asymptomatic subjects, the optimization of the imparted dose compatible with required image quality is of importance.

  14. Improved image quality for dense breasts in mammography.

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    Law, J

    1992-01-01

    Within the UK breast scanning age range of 50-65 years, about 15% of breasts show a dense structure that is underexposed in conventional mammography. This gives rise to a severe reduction in contrast. Methods of improving this contrast by variation of exposure factors are explored, using a Dupont phantom that has a simulated dense breast structure. Results are assessed by considering measured contrast from a Perspex stepwedge, and by obtaining relative scores, on a scale of 1-10, from 15 radiologists involved in mammography. It is concluded from both these methods that approximately doubling the mAs at the normal kV is preferable to increasing the kV by more than a small amount. A modified mammographic technique on these lines could be valuable in selected cases where a previous conventional mammogram was available, i.e. assessment stage or repeat screening in a screening programme, or symptomatic patients. Practical problems in choosing exposure factors and the magnitude and implications of the increased dose are discussed. PMID:1486368

  15. Objective assessment of phantom image quality in mammography: a feasibility study.

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    Castellano Smith, A D; Castellano Smith, I A; Dance, D R

    1998-01-01

    The need for test objects in mammography quality control programmes to provide an objective measure of image quality pertinent to clinical problems is well documented. However, interobserver variations may be greater than the fluctuations in image quality that the quality control programme is seeking to detect. We have developed a computer algorithm to score a number of features in the Leeds TOR(MAX) mammography phantom. Threshold scoring techniques have been applied in the first instance; scoring schemes which utilize measures such as signal-to-noise ratio and modulation have also been formulated. This fully automatic algorithm has been applied to a set of 10 films which have been digitized at 25 microns resolution using a Joyce-Loebl scanning microdensitometer. The films were chosen retrospectively from quality control test films to demonstrate: (a) a range of optimized imaging systems, and (b) variation from the optimum. The performance of the algorithm has been compared with that of five experienced observers, and has been shown to be as consistent as individual observers, but more consistent than a pool of observers. Problems have been encountered with the detection of small details, indicating that a more sophisticated localization technique is desirable. The computer performs more successfully with the scoring scheme which utilizes the full imaging information available, rather than with the threshold-determined one. However, both the observers and the computer algorithm failed to identify the non-optimum films, suggesting that the sensitivity of the TOR(MAX) test object may not be adequate for modern mammography imaging systems. PMID:9534699

  16. Which Phantom Is Better for Assessing the Image Quality in Full-Field Digital Mammography?: American College of Radiology Accreditation Phantom versus Digital Mammography Accreditation Phantom

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    Song, Sung Eun; Yie, An; Ku, Bon Kyung; Kim, Hee-Young; Cho, Kyu Ran; Chung, Hwan Hoon; Lee, Seung Hwa; Hwang, Kyu-Won

    2012-01-01

    Objective To compare between the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation phantom and digital mammography accreditation phantom in assessing the image quality in full-field digital mammography (FFDM). Materials and Methods In each week throughout the 42-week study, we obtained phantom images using both the ACR accreditation phantom and the digital mammography accreditation phantom, and a total of 42 pairs of images were included in this study. We assessed the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in each phantom image. A radiologist drew a square-shaped region of interest on the phantom and then the mean value of the SNR and the standard deviation were automatically provided on a monitor. SNR was calculated by an equation, measured mean value of SNR-constant coefficient of FFDM/standard deviation. Two breast radiologists scored visible objects (fibers, specks, and masses) with soft-copy images and calculated the visible rate (number of visible objects/total number of objects). We compared SNR and the visible rate of objects between the two phantoms and calculated the k-coefficient for interobserver agreement. Results The SNR of the ACR accreditation phantom ranged from 42.0 to 52.9 (Mean, 47.3 ± 2.79) and that of Digital Phantom ranged from 24.8 to 54.0 (Mean, 44.1 ± 9.93) (p = 0.028). The visible rates of all three types of objects were much higher in the ACR accreditation phantom than those in the digital mammography accreditation phantom (p < 0.05). Interobserver agreement for visible rates of objects on phantom images was fair to moderate agreement (k-coefficients: 0.34-0.57). Conclusion The ACR accreditation phantom is superior to the digital mammography accreditation phantom in terms of SNR and visibility of phantom objects. Thus, ACR accreditation phantom appears to be satisfactory for assessing the image quality in FFDM. PMID:23118577

  17. Evaluation of the quality of image for various breast composition and exposure conditions in digital mammography

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    Yamada, Maki; Kato, Yuri; Fujita, Naotoshi; Kodera, Yoshie

    2011-03-01

    Breast density has a close relationship with breast cancer risk. The exposure parameters must be appropriately chosen for each breast. However, the optimal exposure conditions for digital mammography are uncertain in clinical. The exposure parameters in digital mammography must be optimized with maximization of image quality and minimization of radiation dose. We evaluated image quality under different exposure conditions to investigate the most advantageous tube voltage. For different compressed breast phantom thicknesses and compositions, we measured the Wiener spectrum (WS), noise-equivalent number of quanta (NEQ), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). In this study, the signal-to-noise ratios were derived from a perceived statistical decision theory model with the internal noise of eye-brain system (SNRi), contrived and studied by Loo et al.1 and Ishida et al.2 These were calculated under a fixed average glandular dose. The WS values were obtained with a fixed image contrast. For 4-cm-thick and 50% glandular breast phantoms, the NEQ showed that high voltages gave a superior noise property of images, especially for thick breasts, but the improvement in the NEQ by tube voltage was not so remarkable. On the other hand, the SNRi value with a Mo filter was larger than that with a Rh filter. The SNRi increased when the tube voltage decreased. The result differed from those of WS and NEQ. In this study, the SNRi depended on the contrast of signal. Accuracy should be high with an intense, low-contrast object.

  18. Digital mammography--DQE versus optimized image quality in clinical environment: an on site study

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    Oberhofer, Nadia; Fracchetti, Alessandro; Springeth, Margareth; Moroder, Ehrenfried

    2010-04-01

    The intrinsic quality of the detection system of 7 different digital mammography units (5 direct radiography DR; 2 computed radiography CR), expressed by DQE, has been compared with their image quality/dose performances in clinical use. DQE measurements followed IEC 62220-1-2 using a tungsten test object for MTF determination. For image quality assessment two different methods have been applied: 1) measurement of contrast to noise ratio (CNR) according to the European guidelines and 2) contrast-detail (CD) evaluation. The latter was carried out with the phantom CDMAM ver. 3.4 and the commercial software CDMAM Analyser ver. 1.1 (both Artinis) for automated image analysis. The overall image quality index IQFinv proposed by the software has been validated. Correspondence between the two methods has been shown figuring out a linear correlation between CNR and IQFinv. All systems were optimized with respect to image quality and average glandular dose (AGD) within the constraints of automatic exposure control (AEC). For each equipment, a good image quality level was defined by means of CD analysis, and the corresponding CNR value considered as target value. The goal was to achieve for different PMMA-phantom thicknesses constant image quality, that means the CNR target value, at minimum dose. All DR systems exhibited higher DQE and significantly better image quality compared to CR systems. Generally switching, where available, to a target/filter combination with an x-ray spectrum of higher mean energy permitted dose savings at equal image quality. However, several systems did not allow to modify the AEC in order to apply optimal radiographic technique in clinical use. The best ratio image quality/dose was achieved by a unit with a-Se detector and W anode only recently available on the market.

  19. Image Quality and Radiation Dose Assessment of a Digital Mammography System

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    Isa, N. M.; Hassan, W. M. S. W.; Abdullah, W. A. K. W.; Othman, F.; Ramli, A. A. M.

    2010-07-01

    Image quality and radiation dose of a direct amorphous selenium digital mammography system were considered in terms of contrast to noise ratio (CNR) and average glandular dose (AGD). They were measured for various qualities and breast phantom thicknesses with different types of breast tissue composition to determine optimal radiation quality and dose. Three sets of breast tissue equivalent slabs (30%:70%, 50%:50% and 70%:30% glandular-adipose) with thickness of 2 cm to 7 cm and 0.2 mm aluminum foil were used to provide certain CNR. Two different combinations of anode/ilter material and a wide range of tube voltages were employed for each phantom thickness. Phantom images with grid were acquired using automatic exposure control (AEC) mode for each thickness. Phantom images without grid were also obtained in manual exposure mode by selecting the same anode/filter combination and kVp as the image obtained with grid at the same thickness, but varying mAs of 10 to 200 mAs. Optimization indicated that relatively high energy beam qualities should be used with a greater dose to compensate for lower energy x-rays. The results also indicate that current AEC setting for a fixed detector is not optimal.

  20. Image Quality and Radiation Dose Assessment of a Digital Mammography System

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    Isa, N. M.; Hassan, W. M. S. W. [Department of Physics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor (Malaysia); Abdullah, W. A. K. W. [Department of Radiology, Hospital USM, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (Malaysia); Othman, F. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital Putrajaya, Pres, 62250 Putrajaya, Walayah Persekutuan (Malaysia); Ramli, A. A. M. [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2010-07-07

    Image quality and radiation dose of a direct amorphous selenium digital mammography system were considered in terms of contrast to noise ratio (CNR) and average glandular dose (AGD). They were measured for various qualities and breast phantom thicknesses with different types of breast tissue composition to determine optimal radiation quality and dose. Three sets of breast tissue equivalent slabs (30%:70%, 50%:50% and 70%:30% glandular-adipose) with thickness of 2 cm to 7 cm and 0.2 mm aluminum foil were used to provide certain CNR. Two different combinations of anode/ilter material and a wide range of tube voltages were employed for each phantom thickness. Phantom images with grid were acquired using automatic exposure control (AEC) mode for each thickness. Phantom images without grid were also obtained in manual exposure mode by selecting the same anode/filter combination and kVp as the image obtained with grid at the same thickness, but varying mAs of 10 to 200 mAs. Optimization indicated that relatively high energy beam qualities should be used with a greater dose to compensate for lower energy x-rays. The results also indicate that current AEC setting for a fixed detector is not optimal.

  1. Image quality, threshold contrast and mean glandular dose in CR mammography

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    Jakubiak, R. R.; Gamba, H. R.; Neves, E. B.; Peixoto, J. E.

    2013-09-01

    In many countries, computed radiography (CR) systems represent the majority of equipment used in digital mammography. This study presents a method for optimizing image quality and dose in CR mammography of patients with breast thicknesses between 45 and 75 mm. Initially, clinical images of 67 patients (group 1) were analyzed by three experienced radiologists, reporting about anatomical structures, noise and contrast in low and high pixel value areas, and image sharpness and contrast. Exposure parameters (kV, mAs and target/filter combination) used in the examinations of these patients were reproduced to determine the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and mean glandular dose (MGD). The parameters were also used to radiograph a CDMAM (version 3.4) phantom (Artinis Medical Systems, The Netherlands) for image threshold contrast evaluation. After that, different breast thicknesses were simulated with polymethylmethacrylate layers and various sets of exposure parameters were used in order to determine optimal radiographic parameters. For each simulated breast thickness, optimal beam quality was defined as giving a target CNR to reach the threshold contrast of CDMAM images for acceptable MGD. These results were used for adjustments in the automatic exposure control (AEC) by the maintenance team. Using optimized exposure parameters, clinical images of 63 patients (group 2) were evaluated as described above. Threshold contrast, CNR and MGD for such exposure parameters were also determined. Results showed that the proposed optimization method was effective for all breast thicknesses studied in phantoms. The best result was found for breasts of 75 mm. While in group 1 there was no detection of the 0.1 mm critical diameter detail with threshold contrast below 23%, after the optimization, detection occurred in 47.6% of the images. There was also an average MGD reduction of 7.5%. The clinical image quality criteria were attended in 91.7% for all breast thicknesses evaluated in both patient groups. Finally, this study also concluded that the use of the AEC of the x-ray unit based on the constant dose to the detector may bring some difficulties to CR systems to operate under optimal conditions. More studies must be performed, so that the compatibility between systems and optimization methodologies can be evaluated, as well as this optimization method. Most methods are developed for phantoms, so comparative studies including clinical images must be developed.

  2. [Image quality in film and xero mammography. Second paper. Reproduction of medium range contrast (author's transl)].

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    Willgeroth, F; Paterok, E M; Säbel, M; Weishaar, J

    1980-04-01

    In our first paper we dealt with the reproduction of low contrast ranges during the radiological examination of the breast. In the present paper we are concerned with medium contrast ranges, using a semi-objective procedure. This again depended on visual evaluation of test films of grids with variable grid ratios. For mammography rotating molybdenum and tungsten tubes with various filters were available. The advantages of xere radiography in rendering detail were less marked in these medium contrast ranges. The disadvantage of scatter is again less marked, but the resolution of non screen film for small and medium-sized objects is considerably greater. However, xero-radiography, using a tungsten tube with 0.5 mm. Al. filtration represents a satisfactory compromise between image quality and radiation dose for the demonstration of small and medium contrast ranges. PMID:6450105

  3. Positron emission mammography imaging

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    Moses, William W.

    2003-10-02

    This paper examines current trends in Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) instrumentation and the performance tradeoffs inherent in them. The most common geometry is a pair of parallel planes of detector modules. They subtend a larger solid angle around the breast than conventional PET cameras, and so have both higher efficiency and lower cost. Extensions to this geometry include encircling the breast, measuring the depth of interaction (DOI), and dual-modality imaging (PEM and x-ray mammography, as well as PEM and x-ray guided biopsy). The ultimate utility of PEM may not be decided by instrument performance, but by biological and medical factors, such as the patient to patient variation in radiotracer uptake or the as yet undetermined role of PEM in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  4. Image quality in mammography with special reference to anti-scatter grids and the magnification technique.

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    Nielsen, B; Fagerberg, G

    1986-01-01

    Some of the parameters determining image quality in mammography are analyzed: the effects of primary photon spectra, focal spot size and screen-film systems on spatial resolution are discussed as are scattered radiation, development temperature and absorbed dose. The parameters limiting spatial resolution and contrast are evaluated for the standard and magnification techniques. Methods of reducing scattered radiation to improve contrast are evaluated. Scatter to primary ratios for different scatter reducing methods are compared, using the physical quantity energy imparted. For the standard technique the spatial resolution has been found to be limited by the fluorescent screen. With magnification technique the focal spot is the weakest link for the spatial resolution. The contrast is mainly set by the amount of scatter using the standard technique considering the use of a low tube potential (approximately 25 kVp). Using the magnification technique the amount of scatter is so small, that the tube potential is the limiting factor. We have found the optimized standard mammographic technique to be achieved under the following conditions: 25 kVp, 0.3 to 0.6 mm focal spot, film-focus distance 500 mm, anti-scatter grid, developing temperature 36 to 38 degrees C and 4 minutes total processing time with the screen-film system we have used. In magnification technique an air gap of at least 20 mm is desired. With an FFD of about 500 mm this will give a magnification ratio of 1.8 to 2.0 and a 0.1 mm X 0.1 mm focus spot is mandatory. With this technique, it is necessary to use a faster screen-film system than that used in standard mammography. PMID:3776678

  5. Image quality assessment in digital mammography: part II. NPWE as a validated alternative for contrast detail analysis.

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    Monnin, P; Marshall, N W; Bosmans, H; Bochud, F O; Verdun, F R

    2011-07-21

    Assessment of image quality for digital x-ray mammography systems used in European screening programs relies mainly on contrast-detail CDMAM phantom scoring and requires the acquisition and analysis of many images in order to reduce variability in threshold detectability. Part II of this study proposes an alternative method based on the detectability index (d') calculated for a non-prewhitened model observer with an eye filter (NPWE). The detectability index was calculated from the normalized noise power spectrum and image contrast, both measured from an image of a 5 cm poly(methyl methacrylate) phantom containing a 0.2 mm thick aluminium square, and the pre-sampling modulation transfer function. This was performed as a function of air kerma at the detector for 11 different digital mammography systems. These calculated d' values were compared against threshold gold thickness (T) results measured with the CDMAM test object and against derived theoretical relationships. A simple relationship was found between T and d', as a function of detector air kerma; a linear relationship was found between d' and contrast-to-noise ratio. The values of threshold thickness used to specify acceptable performance in the European Guidelines for 0.10 and 0.25 mm diameter discs were equivalent to threshold calculated detectability indices of 1.05 and 6.30, respectively. The NPWE method is a validated alternative to CDMAM scoring for use in the image quality specification, quality control and optimization of digital x-ray systems for screening mammography. PMID:21701050

  6. Mammography

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    ... mammography facility. top of page What does the equipment look like? View larger with caption A mammography ... current x-ray images for diagnosis and disease management. top of page How is the procedure performed? ...

  7. Influence of anode and filter material on image quality and glandular dose for screen-film mammography.

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    Desponds, L; Depeursinge, C; Grecescu, M; Hessler, C; Samiri, A; Valley, J F

    1991-09-01

    The influence of anode and filter materials on the performance (image quality and dose) of a mammography system is investigated. The image quality is evaluated with the image quality index method. A computer simulation has been developed to calculate the physical parameters of the image quality index (contrast, resolution and noise) as well as the mean glandular dose. The calculations take into account the successive steps of the process: x-ray production, filtration, interaction with the test object, anti-scatter grid, interaction with the image detector (screen-film system). An excellent correlation is obtained between the results predicted by the model and those of experimental measurements, suggesting that the model may be used for the prediction of the performance of mammographic equipment. The experimental conclusions are confirmed: the use of a tungsten anode with a rhodium filter allows a dose reduction without a significant degradation of image quality. The computer program can also be used to simulate the influence of factors which are difficult to combine in practice, e.g., various anode and filter materials, monoenergetic x-rays, etc. PMID:1946601

  8. Positron Emission Mammography imaging

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    William W. Moses

    2004-01-01

    This paper examines current trends in Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) instrumentation and the performance tradeoffs inherent in them. The most common geometry is a pair of parallel planes of detector modules. They subtend a larger solid angle around the breast than conventional PET cameras, and so have both higher efficiency and lower cost. Extensions to this geometry include encircling the

  9. CR mammography: Design and implementation of a quality control program

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    Moreno-Ramírez, A.; Brandan, M. E.; Villaseñor-Navarro, Y.; Galván, H. A.; Ruiz-Trejo, C.

    2012-10-01

    Despite the recent acquisition of significant quantities of computed radiography CR equipment for mammography, Mexican regulations do not specify the performance requirements for digital systems such as those of CR type. The design of a quality control program QCP specific for CR mammography systems was thus considered relevant. International protocols were taken as reference to define tests, procedures and acceptance criteria. The designed QCP was applied in three CR mammography facilities. Important deficiencies in spatial resolution, noise, image receptor homogeneity, artifacts and breast thickness compensation were detected.

  10. Initial Image Quality and Clinical Experience with New CR Digital Mammography System: A Phantom and Clinical Study

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    Gaona, Enrique; Enriquez, Jesus Gabriel Franco [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Calz. del Hueso 1100, 04960 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Alfonso, Beatriz Y. Alvarez; Castellanos, Gustavo Casian [Hospital Juarez de Mexico, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional No. 5160, 07760 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2008-08-11

    The goal of the study was to evaluate the first CR digital mammography system ( registered Konica-Minolta) in Mexico in clinical routine for cancer detection in a screening population and to determine if high resolution CR digital imaging is equivalent to state-of-the-art screen-film imaging. The mammograms were evaluated by two observers with cytological or histological confirmation for BIRADS 3, 4 and 5. Contrast, exposure and artifacts of the images were evaluated. Different details like skin, retromamillary space and parenchymal structures were judged. The detectability of microcalcifications and lesions were compared and correlated to histology. The difference in sensitivity of CR Mammography (CRM) and Screen Film Mammography (SFM) was not statistically significant. However, CRM had a significantly lower recall rate, and the lesion detection was equal or superior to conventional images. There is no significant difference in the number of microcalcifications and highly suspicious calcifications were equally detected on both film-screen and digital images. Different anatomical regions were better detectable in digital than in conventional mammography.

  11. 62 FR 60614 - Quality Mammography Standards; Correction

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    1997-11-10

    ...interpretation of mammograms and education in basic breast anatomy, pathology, physiology, technical aspects of mammography...but not necessarily be limited to: (A) Training in breast anatomy and physiology, positioning and compression, quality...

  12. Comparison of full-field digital mammography workstation and conventional picture archiving and communication system in image quality and diagnostic performance.

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    Kang, Bong Joo; Kim, Sung Hun; Choi, Byung Gil

    2011-01-01

    The object of this study was to compare of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) workstation and conventional picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) in image quality and diagnostic performance. We assembled 80 masses and 80 microcalcifications. Images were displayed on workstation, 5M, and 3M PACS monitors. The image quality for mammograms on workstation was significantly better than that for mammograms on PACS monitors. The sensitivity and NPV for microcalcifications on workstation were higher than those on PACS monitors. The conventional PACS cannot substitute for a FFDM workstation for mammographic evaluation. PMID:21872121

  13. [Image quality in film and xero-mammography. I. Rendering of low contrast values (author's transl)].

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    Säbel, M; Paterok, E M; Weishaar, J; Willgeroth, F

    1977-06-01

    The rendering of low contrast values by various mammographic imaging systems was investigated by a semi-objective procedure. Test exposures of a line raster with variable line widths were evaluated visually. Significantly better results were achieved by a xero-radiographic method. This was better than non-screen mammographic film in terms of object size, lower sensitivity to scatter and better resolution. The use of a tungsten rotating anode, with about 0.5 mm. Al filter, in xeromammography provided a satisfactory compromise between image quality and radiation dose in the rendering of low contrast studies. PMID:142714

  14. Investigation of the effect of anode/filter materials on the dose and image quality of a digital mammography system based on an amorphous selenium flat panel detector

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    Baldelli, P; Phelan, N; Egan, G

    2010-01-01

    A comparison, in terms of image quality and glandular breast dose, was carried out between two similar digital mammography systems using amorphous selenium flat panel detectors. The two digital mammography systems currently available from Lorad-Hologic were compared. The original system utilises Mo/Mo and Mo/Rh as target/filter combinations, while the new system uses W/Rh and W/Ag. Images of multiple mammography phantoms with simulated compressed breast thicknesses of 4 cm, 5 cm and 6 cm and various glandular tissue equivalency were acquired under different spectral conditions. The contrast of five details, corresponding to five glandular compositions, was calculated and the ratio of the square of the contrast-to-noise ratio to the average glandular dose was used as a figure-of-merit (FOM) to compare results. For each phantom thickness and target/filter combination, there is an optimum voltage that maximises the FOM. Results show that the W/Rh combination is the best choice for all the detection tasks studied, but for thicknesses greater than 6 cm the W/Ag combination would probably be the best choice. In addition, the new system with W filter presents a better optimisation of the automatic exposure control in comparison with the original system with Mo filter. PMID:20019173

  15. Automatic assessment of the quality of patient positioning in mammography

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    Bülow, Thomas; Meetz, Kirsten; Kutra, Dominik; Netsch, Thomas; Wiemker, Rafael; Bergtholdt, Martin; Sabczynski, Jörg; Wieberneit, Nataly; Freund, Manuela; Schulze-Wenck, Ingrid

    2013-02-01

    Quality assurance has been recognized as crucial for the success of population-based breast cancer screening programs using x-ray mammography. Quality guidelines and criteria have been defined in the US as well as the European Union in order to ensure the quality of breast cancer screening. Taplin et al. report that incorrect positioning of the breast is the major image quality issue in screening mammography. Consequently, guidelines and criteria for correct positioning and for the assessment of the positioning quality in mammograms play an important role in the quality standards. In this paper we present a system for the automatic evaluation of positioning quality in mammography according to the existing standardized criteria. This involves the automatic detection of anatomic landmarks in medio- lateral oblique (MLO) and cranio-caudal (CC) mammograms, namely the pectoral muscle, the mammilla and the infra-mammary fold. Furthermore, the detected landmarks are assessed with respect to their proper presentation in the image. Finally, the geometric relations between the detected landmarks are investigated to assess the positioning quality. This includes the evaluation whether the pectoral muscle is imaged down to the mammilla level, and whether the posterior nipple line diameter of the breast is consistent between the different views (MLO and CC) of the same breast. Results of the computerized assessment are compared to ground truth collected from two expert readers.

  16. Quality of life valuations of mammography screening

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    Amy E. Bonomi; Denise M. Boudreau; Paul A. Fishman; Evette Ludman; Amy Mohelnitzky; Elizabeth A. Cannon; Deb Seger

    2008-01-01

    Objective To obtain quality-of-life (QOL) valuations associated with mammography screening and breast cancer treatment that are suitable\\u000a for use in cost-effectiveness analyses.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods Subjects comprised 131 women (age range 50–79 years) randomly sampled from a breast cancer screening program. In an in-person\\u000a or telephone interview, women rated the QOL impact of 14 clinical scenarios (ranging from mammography to end-of-life care

  17. SU-E-I-88: Mammography Imaging: Does Positioning Matter?

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    Zhang, J; Szabunio, M [University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: In mammography, compression is imperative for quality images and glandular radiation exposure dose. The thickness of the compressed breast directly determines mammography acquisition parameters. The compressed thickness varies due to variation in technologist practice, even for the same patient imaged at different time. This study is to investigate potential effect of the variation in breast positioning on radiation dose and image quality. Methods: Radiation dose at different thicknesses was measured with a BR-12 breast phantom for both conventional craniocaudal view and tomosynthesis in a Hologic Tomosynthesis mammography system. The CIRS stereotactic needle biopsy training phantom embedded dense masses and microcalcification in various sizes were imaged for image quality evaluation. Radiologists evaluated images. Clinical mammograms from the same patient but acquired at different time were retrospectively retrieved to evaluate potential effects of variation in positioning. Results: Acquisition parameters (kVp and mAs) increase with the increased phantom thickness. Radiation exposure increases following an exponential trend. The stereotactic phantom images showed loss of spatial and contrast resolution with inappropriate positioning. The compressed pressure may not be a good indicator for appropriate positioning. The inclusion of different amount of pectoralis muscle may lead to the same compressed pressure but different compressed thickness. The initial retrospective study of 3 patients showed that there were potential large variations in positioning the same patient at different examination time, resulting in large variations in patient radiation dose and image quality. Conclusion: Variations in patient positioning potentially influence patient radiation dose and image quality. The technologist has the critical responsibility to position patient to provide quality images in spite of different breast and body types. To reduce intra and inter practice variations in positioning patient, a training program among each breast imaging center may be a need.

  18. Coherent scatter imaging simulation for screening mammography

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    Hassan, Laila; Peerzada, Lubna; Kern, Katie; MacDonald, C. A.

    2012-10-01

    Conventional mammography has poor contrast between healthy tissue and carcinoma due to small differences in attenuation. Since interference of coherently scattered radiation depends on the intermolecular spacing, it can provide new information with higher contrast. A Monte Carlo simulation was developed for coherent scatter imaging. The modeled design exploits a conventional scan slot mammography system with an additional anti-scatter grid tilted at the characteristic angle of carcinoma. Preliminary results are promising and agree with experimental measurements on phantom systems. The effect of changing grid tilt angle and sample detector distance were studied in order to begin system optimization. The system using a wide slot beam and simple anti-scatter grid has been designed to provide a localized map of tissue type that could be overlaid on the simultaneous conventional transmission image to provide an inexpensive, low dose adjunct to conventional screening mammography. The purpose of this work is to explore whether a screening mammography system can be designed to exploit coherent scatter to provide some tissue type information.

  19. A task-based quality control metric for digital mammography.

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    Bloomquist, A K Maki; Mainprize, J G; Mawdsley, G E; Yaffe, M J

    2014-11-01

    A reader study was conducted to tune the parameters of an observer model used to predict the detectability index (d? ) of test objects as a task-based quality control (QC) metric for digital mammography. A simple test phantom was imaged to measure the model parameters, namely, noise power spectrum,modulation transfer function and test-object contrast. These are then used ina non-prewhitening observer model, incorporating an eye-filter and internal noise, to predict d?. The model was tuned by measuring d? of discs in a four-alternative forced choice reader study. For each disc diameter, d? was used to estimate the threshold thicknesses for detectability. Data were obtained for six types of digital mammography systems using varying detector technologies and x-ray spectra. A strong correlation was found between measured and modeled values of d?, with Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.96. Repeated measurements from separate images of the test phantom show an average coefficient of variation in d? for different systems between 0.07 and 0.10. Standard deviations in the threshold thickness ranged between 0.001 and 0.017 mm. The model is robust and the results are relatively system independent, suggesting that observer model d? shows promise as a cross platform QC metric for digital mammography. PMID:25325670

  20. A task-based quality control metric for digital mammography

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    Maki Bloomquist, A. K.; Mainprize, J. G.; Mawdsley, G. E.; Yaffe, M. J.

    2014-11-01

    A reader study was conducted to tune the parameters of an observer model used to predict the detectability index (d??) of test objects as a task-based quality control (QC) metric for digital mammography. A simple test phantom was imaged to measure the model parameters, namely, noise power spectrum, modulation transfer function and test-object contrast. These are then used in a non-prewhitening observer model, incorporating an eye-filter and internal noise, to predict d?. The model was tuned by measuring d? of discs in a four-alternative forced choice reader study. For each disc diameter, d? was used to estimate the threshold thicknesses for detectability. Data were obtained for six types of digital mammography systems using varying detector technologies and x-ray spectra. A strong correlation was found between measured and modeled values of d?, with Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.96. Repeated measurements from separate images of the test phantom show an average coefficient of variation in d? for different systems between 0.07 and 0.10. Standard deviations in the threshold thickness ranged between 0.001 and 0.017?mm. The model is robust and the results are relatively system independent, suggesting that observer model d? shows promise as a cross platform QC metric for digital mammography.

  1. Xero and film mammography: two images with one exposure.

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    Wyatt, C C

    1980-01-01

    A historical overview of the development of mammography is given. Some of the imaging problems inherent in breast radiography are discussed. In addition, a description of the investigation to test the feasibility of producing a radiographic image simultaneously with a xerographic image in mammography is presented. PMID:7384431

  2. Quality control for digital mammography: Part II recommendations from the ACRIN DMIST trial

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    Yaffe, Martin J.; Bloomquist, Aili K.; Mawdsley, Gordon E. [Imaging Research Program, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)] (and others)

    2006-03-15

    The Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), conducted under the auspices of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), is a clinical trial designed to compare the accuracy of digital versus screen-film mammography in a screening population [E. Pisano et al., ACRIN 6652--Digital vs. Screen-Film Mammography, ACRIN (2001)]. Part I of this work described the Quality Control program developed to ensure consistency and optimal operation of the digital equipment. For many of the tests, there were no failures during the 24 months imaging was performed in DMIST. When systems failed, they generally did so suddenly rather than through gradual deterioration of performance. In this part, the utility and effectiveness of those tests are considered. This suggests that after verification of proper operation, routine extensive testing would be of minimal value. A recommended set of tests is presented including additional and improved tests, which we believe meet the intent and spirit of the Mammography Quality Standards Act regulations to ensure that full-field digital mammography systems are functioning correctly, and consistently producing mammograms of excellent image quality.

  3. Digital mammography, cancer screening: Factors important for image compression

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    Clarke, Laurence P.; Blaine, G. James; Doi, Kunio; Yaffe, Martin J.; Shtern, Faina; Brown, G. Stephen; Winfield, Daniel L.; Kallergi, Maria

    1993-01-01

    The use of digital mammography for breast cancer screening poses several novel problems such as development of digital sensors, computer assisted diagnosis (CAD) methods for image noise suppression, enhancement, and pattern recognition, compression algorithms for image storage, transmission, and remote diagnosis. X-ray digital mammography using novel direct digital detection schemes or film digitizers results in large data sets and, therefore, image compression methods will play a significant role in the image processing and analysis by CAD techniques. In view of the extensive compression required, the relative merit of 'virtually lossless' versus lossy methods should be determined. A brief overview is presented here of the developments of digital sensors, CAD, and compression methods currently proposed and tested for mammography. The objective of the NCI/NASA Working Group on Digital Mammography is to stimulate the interest of the image processing and compression scientific community for this medical application and identify possible dual use technologies within the NASA centers.

  4. Optimizing Imaging Instruments for Emission Mammography

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    Weinberg, Irving N.

    1996-05-01

    Clinical studies have demonstrated that radiotracer methods can noninvasively detect breast cancers in vivo(L.P. Adler, J.P.Crowe, N.K. Al-Kaisis, et al, Radiology 187,743-750 (1993)) (I. Khalkhali, I. Mena, E. Jouanne, et al, J. Am. Coll. Surg. 178, 491-497 (1994)). Due to spatial resolution and count efficiency considerations, users of conventional nuclear medicine instruments have had difficulty in detecting subcentimeter cancers. This limitation is unfortunate, since cancer therapy is generally most efficacious when tumor diameter at detection is less than a centimeter. A more subtle limitation of conventional nuclear medicine imaging instruments is that they are poorly suited to guiding interventions. With the assistance of C.J. Thompson from McGill University, and the CEBAF Detector Physics Group, we have explored the possibility of configuring detectors for nuclear medicine imaging devices into geometries that resemble conventional x-ray mammography cameras(I.N. Weinberg, U.S.Patent 5,252,830 (1993)). Phantom and pilot clinical studies suggest that applying breast compression within such geometries may offer several advantages(C.J. Thompson, K. Murthy, I.N. Weinberg, et al, Med. Physics 21, 259-538 (1994)): For coincident detection of positron emitters, efficiency and spatial resolution are improved by bringing the detectors very close to the source (the breast tumor). For single-photon detection, attenuation due to overlying tissue is reduced. Since, for a high-efficiency collimator, spatial resolution worsens with increasing source to collimator distance, adoption of compression allows more efficient collimators to be employed. Economics are favorable in that detectors can be deployed in the region of interest, rather than around the entire body, and that such detectors can be mounted in conventional mammographic gantries. The application of conventional mammographic geometry promises to assist physicians in conducting radiotracer-guided biopsies, and in correlating biochemical with x-ray data. The primary challenge of conducting studies with dedicated emission mammography devices has been dealing with high count rates due to cardiac activity.

  5. Potential for cone beam scatter imaging in screening mammography

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    Peerzada, Lubna; Hassan, Laila; Zhou, Wei; MacDonald, C. A.

    2012-03-01

    A system using a wide slot beam and simple anti-scatter grid has been designed to provide a localized map of tissue type that could be overlaid on the simultaneous conventional transmission image to provide an inexpensive, low dose adjunct to conventional screening mammography. The system was demonstrated to differentiate between scatter peak angles corresponding to adipose tissue and carcinoma. Adequate intensity in the coherent scatter image can be achieved at a dose commonly used for screening mammography. Depth information is obtainable from the stereoscopic viewing angles. Phantom imaging measurements and Monte Carlo simulations show good agreement.

  6. Image Quality of Digital Direct Flat-Panel Mammography Versus an Indirect Small-Field CCD Technique Using a High-Contrast Phantom

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    Krug, Kathrin Barbara; Stützer, Hartmut; Frommolt, Peter; Boecker, Julia; Bovenschulte, Henning; Sendler, Volker; Lackner, Klaus

    2011-01-01

    Objective. To compare the detection of microcalcifications on mammograms of an anthropomorphic breast phantom acquired by a direct digital flat-panel detector mammography system (FPM) versus a stereotactic breast biopsy system utilizing CCD (charge-coupled device) technology with either a 1024 or 512 acquisition matrix (1024 CCD and 512 CCD). Materials and Methods. Randomly distributed silica beads (diameter 100–1400??m) and anthropomorphic scatter bodies were applied to 48 transparent films. The test specimens were radiographed on a direct digital FPM and by the indirect 1024 CCD and 512 CCD techniques. Four radiologists rated the monitor-displayed images independently of each other in random order. Results. The rate of correct positive readings for the “number of detectable microcalcifications” for silica beads of 100–199??m in diameter was 54.2%, 50.0% and 45.8% by FPM, 1024 CCD and 512 CCD, respectively. The inter-rater variability was most pronounced for silica beads of 100–199??m in diameter. The greatest agreement with the gold standard was observed for beads >400??m in diameter across all methods. Conclusion. Stereotactic spot images taken by 1024 matrix CCD technique are diagnostically equivalent to direct digital flat-panel mammograms for visualizing simulated microcalcifications >400??m in diameter. PMID:22332015

  7. Evaluation of clinical image processing algorithms used in digital mammography.

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    Zanca, Federica; Jacobs, Jurgen; Van Ongeval, Chantal; Claus, Filip; Celis, Valerie; Geniets, Catherine; Provost, Veerle; Pauwels, Herman; Marchal, Guy; Bosmans, Hilde

    2009-03-01

    Screening is the only proven approach to reduce the mortality of breast cancer, but significant numbers of breast cancers remain undetected even when all quality assurance guidelines are implemented. With the increasing adoption of digital mammography systems, image processing may be a key factor in the imaging chain. Although to our knowledge statistically significant effects of manufacturer-recommended image processings have not been previously demonstrated, the subjective experience of our radiologists, that the apparent image quality can vary considerably between different algorithms, motivated this study. This article addresses the impact of five such algorithms on the detection of clusters of microcalcifications. A database of unprocessed (raw) images of 200 normal digital mammograms, acquired with the Siemens Novation DR, was collected retrospectively. Realistic simulated microcalcification clusters were inserted in half of the unprocessed images. All unprocessed images were subsequently processed with five manufacturer-recommended image processing algorithms (Agfa Musica 1, IMS Raffaello Mammo 1.2, Sectra Mamea AB Sigmoid, Siemens OPVIEW v2, and Siemens OPVIEW v1). Four breast imaging radiologists were asked to locate and score the clusters in each image on a five point rating scale. The free-response data were analyzed by the jackknife free-response receiver operating characteristic (JAFROC) method and, for comparison, also with the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) method. JAFROC analysis revealed highly significant differences between the image processings (F = 8.51, p < 0.0001), suggesting that image processing strongly impacts the detectability of clusters. Siemens OPVIEW2 and Siemens OPVIEW1 yielded the highest and lowest performances, respectively. ROC analysis of the data also revealed significant differences between the processing but at lower significance (F = 3.47, p = 0.0305) than JAFROC. Both statistical analysis methods revealed that the same six pairs of modalities were significantly different, but the JAFROC confidence intervals were about 32% smaller than ROC confidence intervals. This study shows that image processing has a significant impact on the detection of microcalcifications in digital mammograms. Objective measurements, such as described here, should be used by the manufacturers to select the optimal image processing algorithm. PMID:19378737

  8. An SVM Based Approach for the Analysis Of Mammography Images

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    Gan, X.; Kapsokalivas, L.; Skaliotis, A.; Steinhoefel, K. [Computer Science Department, King's College London, London WC2R 2LS (United Kingdom); Tangaro, S. [Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Sezione di Bari (Italy)

    2007-09-06

    Mammography is among the most popular imaging techniques used in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Nevertheless distinguishing between healthy and ill images is hard even for an experienced radiologist, because a single image usually includes several regions of interest (ROIs). The hardness of this classification problem along with the substantial amount of data, gathered from patients' medical history, motivates the use of a machine learning approach as part of a CAD (Computer Aided Detection) tool, aiming to assist radiologists in the characterization of mammography images. Specifically, our approach involves: i) the ROI extraction, ii) the Feature Vector extraction, iii) the Support Vector Machine (SVM) classification of ROIs and iv) the characterization of the whole image. We evaluate the performance of our approach in terms of the SVM's training and testing error and in terms of ROI specificity - sensitivity. The results show a relation between the number of features used and the SVM's performance.

  9. Image and Dose Simulation in Support of New Mammography Modalities

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    Kuruvilla Verghese

    2002-04-05

    This report summarizes the highlights of the research performed under the 2-year NEER grant from the Department of Energy. The primary outcome of the work was a new Monte Carlo code, MCMIS-DS, for Monte Carlo for Mammography Image Simulation including Differential Sampling. The code was written to generate simulated images and dose distributions from two different new digital x-ray imaging modalities, namely, synchrotron imaging (SI) and a slot geometry digital mammography system called Fisher Senoscan. A differential sampling scheme was added to the code to generate multiple images that included variations in the parameters of the measurement system and the object in a single execution of the code. The code is to serve multiple purposes; (1) to answer questions regarding the contribution of scattered photons to images, (2) for use in design optimization studies, and (3) to do up to second-order perturbation studies to assess the effects of design parameter variations and/or physical parameters of the object (the breast) without having to re-run the code for each set of varied parameters. The accuracy and fidelity of the code were validated by a large variety of benchmark studies using published data and also using experimental results from mammography phantoms on both imaging modalities.

  10. Compositional breast imaging using a dual-energy mammography protocol

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    Laidevant, Aurelie D.; Malkov, Serghei; Flowers, Chris I.; Kerlikowske, Karla; Shepherd, John A. [Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143 (United States); Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143 (United States); Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143 (United States)

    2010-01-15

    Purpose: Mammography has a low sensitivity in dense breasts due to low contrast between malignant and normal tissue confounded by the predominant water density of the breast. Water is found in both adipose and fibroglandular tissue and constitutes most of the mass of a breast. However, significant protein mass is mainly found in the fibroglandular tissue where most cancers originate. If the protein compartment in a mammogram could be imaged without the influence of water, the sensitivity and specificity of the mammogram may be improved. This article describes a novel approach to dual-energy mammography, full-field digital compositional mammography (FFDCM), which can independently image the three compositional components of breast tissue: water, lipid, and protein. Methods: Dual-energy attenuation and breast shape measures are used together to solve for the three compositional thicknesses. Dual-energy measurements were performed on breast-mimicking phantoms using a full-field digital mammography unit. The phantoms were made of materials shown to have similar x-ray attenuation properties of the compositional compartments. They were made of two main stacks of thicknesses around 2 and 4 cm. Twenty-six thickness and composition combinations were used to derive the compositional calibration using a least-squares fitting approach. Results: Very high accuracy was achieved with a simple cubic fitting function with root mean square errors of 0.023, 0.011, and 0.012 cm for the water, lipid, and protein thicknesses, respectively. The repeatability (percent coefficient of variation) of these measures was tested using sequential images and was found to be 0.5%, 0.5%, and 3.3% for water, lipid, and protein, respectively. However, swapping the location of the two stacks of the phantom on the imaging plate introduced further errors showing the need for more complete system uniformity corrections. Finally, a preliminary breast image is presented of each of the compositional compartments separately. Conclusions: FFDCM has been derived and exhibited good compositional thickness accuracy on phantoms. Preliminary breast images demonstrated the feasibility of creating individual compositional diagnostic images in a clinical environment.

  11. Compositional breast imaging using a dual-energy mammography protocol

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    Laidevant, Aurelie D.; Malkov, Serghei; Flowers, Chris I.; Kerlikowske, Karla; Shepherd, John A.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Mammography has a low sensitivity in dense breasts due to low contrast between malignant and normal tissue confounded by the predominant water density of the breast. Water is found in both adipose and fibroglandular tissue and constitutes most of the mass of a breast. However, significant protein mass is mainly found in the fibroglandular tissue where most cancers originate. If the protein compartment in a mammogram could be imaged without the influence of water, the sensitivity and specificity of the mammogram may be improved. This article describes a novel approach to dual-energy mammography, full-field digital compositional mammography (FFDCM), which can independently image the three compositional components of breast tissue: water, lipid, and protein. Methods: Dual-energy attenuation and breast shape measures are used together to solve for the three compositional thicknesses. Dual-energy measurements were performed on breast-mimicking phantoms using a full-field digital mammography unit. The phantoms were made of materials shown to have similar x-ray attenuation properties of the compositional compartments. They were made of two main stacks of thicknesses around 2 and 4 cm. Twenty-six thickness and composition combinations were used to derive the compositional calibration using a least-squares fitting approach. Results: Very high accuracy was achieved with a simple cubic fitting function with root mean square errors of 0.023, 0.011, and 0.012 cm for the water, lipid, and protein thicknesses, respectively. The repeatability (percent coefficient of variation) of these measures was tested using sequential images and was found to be 0.5%, 0.5%, and 3.3% for water, lipid, and protein, respectively. However, swapping the location of the two stacks of the phantom on the imaging plate introduced further errors showing the need for more complete system uniformity corrections. Finally, a preliminary breast image is presented of each of the compositional compartments separately. Conclusions: FFDCM has been derived and exhibited good compositional thickness accuracy on phantoms. Preliminary breast images demonstrated the feasibility of creating individual compositional diagnostic images in a clinical environment. PMID:20175478

  12. Method for position emission mammography image reconstruction

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    Smith, Mark Frederick

    2004-10-12

    An image reconstruction method comprising accepting coincidence datat from either a data file or in real time from a pair of detector heads, culling event data that is outside a desired energy range, optionally saving the desired data for each detector position or for each pair of detector pixels on the two detector heads, and then reconstructing the image either by backprojection image reconstruction or by iterative image reconstruction. In the backprojection image reconstruction mode, rays are traced between centers of lines of response (LOR's), counts are then either allocated by nearest pixel interpolation or allocated by an overlap method and then corrected for geometric effects and attenuation and the data file updated. If the iterative image reconstruction option is selected, one implementation is to compute a grid Siddon retracing, and to perform maximum likelihood expectation maiximization (MLEM) computed by either: a) tracing parallel rays between subpixels on opposite detector heads; or b) tracing rays between randomized endpoint locations on opposite detector heads.

  13. Technique to obtain positron emission mammography images in registration with x-ray mammograms

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    Thompson, Chris

    Technique to obtain positron emission mammography images in registration with x-ray mammograms of suspicious lesions or tumors. Our PEM-1 positron emission mammography system detects metabolic activity frame is visible on the film image. During a positron emission metabolic scan, detectors acquire a 49 59

  14. Evaluation of software for reading images of the CDMAM test object to assess digital mammography systems

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    Young, Kenneth C.; Alsager, Abdulaziz; Oduko, Jennifer M.; Bosmans, Hilde; Verbrugge, Beatrijs; Geertse, Tanya; van Engen, Ruben

    2008-03-01

    European Guidelines for quality control in digital mammography specify minimum and achievable standards of image quality in terms of threshold contrast, based on readings of images of the CDMAM test object by human observers. However this is time-consuming and has large inter- and intra-observer error. To overcome these problems a software program (CDCOM) is available to automatically read CDMAM images. After some further analysis the automated measurements can be used to predict the threshold contrast for a typical observer. The results of threshold contrast determination by human observers at three different centres were compared against automated readings. These data provide a means of predicting average human performance using the automated reading software. The coefficient of variation in automatically determined threshold gold thickness was about 4% for detail sizes from 0.2 to 1.0mm when 8 images were analysed. The coefficient of variation was about 10% at a detail size of 0.1mm. Using larger numbers of images improved reproducibility for all detail sizes. A change in phantom design could greatly improve reproducibility for the smallest detail sizes. Greater consistency of phantom construction would also be desirable as one of the four phantoms tested was significantly different from the other three. Despite some limitations automated reading of CDMAM images can provide a reproducible means of assessing digital mammography systems against European Guidelines.

  15. Local image registration a comparison for bilateral registration mammography

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    Celaya-Padilaa, José M.; Rodriguez-Rojas, Juan; Trevino, Victor; Tamez-Pena, José G.

    2013-11-01

    Early tumor detection is key in reducing the number of breast cancer death and screening mammography is one of the most widely available and reliable method for early detection. However, it is difficult for the radiologist to process with the same attention each case, due the large amount of images to be read. Computer aided detection (CADe) systems improve tumor detection rate; but the current efficiency of these systems is not yet adequate and the correct interpretation of CADe outputs requires expert human intervention. Computer aided diagnosis systems (CADx) are being designed to improve cancer diagnosis accuracy, but they have not been efficiently applied in breast cancer. CADx efficiency can be enhanced by considering the natural mirror symmetry between the right and left breast. The objective of this work is to evaluate co-registration algorithms for the accurate alignment of the left to right breast for CADx enhancement. A set of mammograms were artificially altered to create a ground truth set to evaluate the registration efficiency of DEMONs , and SPLINE deformable registration algorithms. The registration accuracy was evaluated using mean square errors, mutual information and correlation. The results on the 132 images proved that the SPLINE deformable registration over-perform the DEMONS on mammography images.

  16. Comparative Study Of Image Enhancement Algorithms For Digital And Film Mammography

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    Delgado-Gonzalez, A. [Facultad de Ciencias Fisico Matematicas, Universidad Autonoma de Coahulia. Blvd. V. Carranza s/n, Col. Republica Oriente 25280, Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico); Sanmiguel, R. E. [Cinvestav Unidad Monterrey, Via del Conocimiento 201, Parque de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica Autopista Monterrey-Aeropuerto Km 10 66600 Apodaca (Mexico)

    2008-08-11

    Here we discuss the application of edge enhancement algorithms on images obtained with a Mammography System which has a Selenium Detector and on the other hand, on images obtained from digitized film mammography. Comparative analysis of such images includes the study of technical aspects of image acquisition, storage, compression and display. A protocol for a local database has been created as a result of this study.

  17. Investigating the visual inspection subjectivity on the contrast-detail evaluation in digital mammography images

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    Sousa, Maria A. Z.; Medeiros, Regina B.; Schiabel, Homero

    2014-03-01

    A major difficulty in the interpretation of mammographic images is the low contrast and, in the case of early detection of breast cancer, the reduced size of the features of malignancy on findings such as microcalcifications. Furthermore, image assessment is subject to significant reliance of the capacity of observation of the expert that will perform it, compromising the final diagnosis accuracy. Thinking about this aspect, this study evaluated the subjectivity of visual inspection to assess the contrast-detail in mammographic images. For this, we compared the human readings of images generated with the CDMAM phantom performed by four observers, enabling to determining a threshold of contrast visibility in each diameter disks present in the phantom. These thresholds were compared graphically and by statistical measures allowing us to build a strategy for use of contrast and detail (dimensions) as parameters of quality in mammography.

  18. Image fusion scheme for differential phase contrast mammography

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    Wang, Z.; Clavijo, C. A.; Roessl, E.; van Stevendaal, U.; Koehler, T.; Hauser, N.; Stampanoni, M.

    2013-07-01

    Latest progresses in breast imaging using differential phase contrast technique pose the question how to fuse multiple information (yielded by the absorption, differential phase, and scattering signals) into a single, but more informative image for clinical diagnosis and evaluation. In this work, we propose an image fusion scheme based on the multiple-resolution (MR) framework. The three signals are first transformed into multiple bands presenting information at different frequency and then a two-step processing follows: section 3.2 an intra-band processing enhances the local signal-to-noise ratio using a novel noise estimation method and context modeling; section 3.3 an inter-band processing weights each band by considering their characteristics and contributions, as well as suppressing the global noise level. The fused image, which looks similar to conventional mammogram but with significantly enhanced detail features, is then reconstructed by inverse transform. This fused image is compatible with clinical settings and enables the radiologists to use their years of diagnosis experiences in mammography.

  19. Digital Mammography

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    Conventional mammography uses X-rays to look for tumors or suspicious areas in the breasts. Digital mammography also uses X-rays, but the data is collected on computer instead of on a piece of film. This means that the image can be computer-enhanced,

  20. Stereotactic mammography imaging combined with 3D US imaging for image guided breast biopsy

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    Surry, K. J. M.; Mills, G. R.; Bevan, K.; Downey, D. B.; Fenster, A. [Imaging Research Labs, Robarts Research Institute, London, N6A 5K8 (Canada) and Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5C1 (Canada); Imaging Research Labs, Robarts Research Institute, London, N6A 5K8 (Canada); Imaging Research Labs, Robarts Research Institute, London, N6A 5K8 (Canada) and Department of Radiology, London Health Sciences Centre, London, N6A 5K8 (Canada); Imaging Research Labs, Robarts Research Institute, London, N6A 5K8 (Canada) and Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5C1 Canada

    2007-11-15

    Stereotactic X-ray mammography (SM) and ultrasound (US) guidance are both commonly used for breast biopsy. While SM provides three-dimensional (3D) targeting information and US provides real-time guidance, both have limitations. SM is a long and uncomfortable procedure and the US guided procedure is inherently two dimensional (2D), requiring a skilled physician for both safety and accuracy. The authors developed a 3D US-guided biopsy system to be integrated with, and to supplement SM imaging. Their goal is to be able to biopsy a larger percentage of suspicious masses using US, by clarifying ambiguous structures with SM imaging. Features from SM and US guided biopsy were combined, including breast stabilization, a confined needle trajectory, and dual modality imaging. The 3D US guided biopsy system uses a 7.5 MHz breast probe and is mounted on an upright SM machine for preprocedural imaging. Intraprocedural targeting and guidance was achieved with real-time 2D and near real-time 3D US imaging. Postbiopsy 3D US imaging allowed for confirmation that the needle was penetrating the target. The authors evaluated 3D US-guided biopsy accuracy of their system using test phantoms. To use mammographic imaging information, they registered the SM and 3D US coordinate systems. The 3D positions of targets identified in the SM images were determined with a target localization error (TLE) of 0.49 mm. The z component (x-ray tube to image) of the TLE dominated with a TLE{sub z} of 0.47 mm. The SM system was then registered to 3D US, with a fiducial registration error (FRE) and target registration error (TRE) of 0.82 and 0.92 mm, respectively. Analysis of the FRE and TRE components showed that these errors were dominated by inaccuracies in the z component with a FRE{sub z} of 0.76 mm and a TRE{sub z} of 0.85 mm. A stereotactic mammography and 3D US guided breast biopsy system should include breast compression for stability and safety and dual modality imaging for target localization. The system will provide preprocedural x-ray mammography information in the form of SM imaging along with real-time US imaging for needle guidance to a target. 3D US imaging will also be available for targeting, guidance, and biopsy verification immediately postbiopsy.

  1. Dosimetry and kVp standardization for quality assurance of mammography

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    Chu, Chien-Hau; Yuan, Ming-Chen; Huang, Wen-Sheng; Hsieh, Bor-Tsung

    2014-11-01

    Breast cancer mortality rates were significantly reduced in Taiwan after achieving early-stage monitoring with mammography screening. This study establishes an appropriate and traceable calibration infrastructure, which offers calibration services for mammography X-ray quality assurance instrumentation, which is performed clinically on a regular basis. The entrance air kerma, HVL, and kVp of mammography equipment with five different target/filter combinations can be taken as adequate indicators for the level of average glandular dose (AGD). The primary dose standard in mammography uses a free-air ionization chamber to estimate the rate of air kerma. Several correction factors were determined by Monte Carlo simulations and experiments. A secondary kVp standard in mammography is in accordance with the IEC 61676 recommendations. The calibration system of kVp meter uses a high-voltage divider, which is traceable to ITRI primary standard in Taiwan. Dose and kVp verifications were conducted by mammography instruments, which were previously calibrated by NIST and PTB. The evaluation results indicate that the capabilities of this irradiation system met the ISO 4037-1 requirements. The expanded uncertainties (k=2) were 1.03% and 1.6% when the mammography X-ray air kerma rate and kVp meter calibration factors were evaluated using ISO GUM. Experimental verification and a comparison with NIST using transfer ionization chambers yielded differences in calibration factors. Comparison with the PTB using kVp meter indicated a less than 1% difference. The results showed that dose and kVp standards were in reasonable agreement with standard uncertainty. The low uncertainties associated with the obtained results in this work show that the standardization employed can be accurately used for calibration of instrument in mammography in Taiwan.

  2. On imaging with or without grid in digital mammography

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    Chen, Han; Danielsson, Mats; Cederström, Björn

    2014-03-01

    The grids used in digital mammography to reduce scattered radiation from the breast are not perfect and lead to partial absorption of primary radiation at the same time as not all of the scattered radiation is absorbed. It has therefore lately been suggested to remove the grids and correct for effects of scattered radiation by post- processing the images. In this paper, we investigated the dose reduction that might be achieved if the gird were to be removed. Dose reduction is determined as a function of PMMA thickness by comparing the contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs) of images acquired with and without grid at a constant exposure. We used a theoretical model validated with Monte Carlo simulations and phantom studies. To evaluate the CNR, we applied aluminum filters of two different sizes, 4x8 cm2 and 1x1 cm2. When the large Al filter was used, the resulting CNR value for the grid-less images was overestimated as a result of a difference in amount of scattered radiation in the background region and of the region covered by the filter, a difference that could be eliminated by selecting a region of interest close to the edge of the filter. The optimal CNR when the PMMA thickness was above about 4 cm was obtained with a grid, whereas removing the grid leaded to a dose saving in thinner PMMAs. The results suggest not removing grids in breast cancer screening.

  3. Diffraction enhanced breast imaging: assessment of realistic system requirements to improve the diagnostic capabilities of mammography

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    Jennifer A. Griffiths; Gary J. Royle; Robert D. Speller; Julie A. Horrocks; Alessandro Olivo; S. Pani; R. Longo; S. H. Spencer; M. S. Robbins; D. P. Clifford; A. M. Hanby

    2003-01-01

    A detectable difference in X-ray diffraction data of healthy and diseased breast tissues has been observed. This information can be used to generate images with a higher contrast than that of conventional transmission mammography. A diffraction enhanced breast imaging (DEBI) system that simultaneously combines transmission and diffraction breast images is currently being developed. This paper presents the imaging system requirements

  4. Assessment of the image contrast improvement and dose reduction in mammography with synchrotron radiation compared to standard units

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    Moeckli, Raphaël; Verdun, Francis R.; Fiedler, Stefan; Pachoud, Marc; Hessler, Christian; Meuli, Reto; Valley, Jean-François

    2001-07-01

    An objective method was used to evaluate image quality and dose in mammography with synchrotron radiation and to compare them to standard units. It was performed systematically in the energy range of interest for mammography through the evaluation of the contrast and the measurement of the mean glandular dose. Synchrotron radiation measurements were performed at the ESRF and a slit was placed between the test object and the screen-film system in order to reduce scatter. The conventional films were obtained on mammography units with an anti-scatter grid. In a recent paper, it was shown that the use of synchrotron radiation leads to a noticeable improvement of the image quality-dose relationship (Moeckli et al. Phys. Med. Biol. 45(12)3509). The reason of that enhancement is partly due to the monochromaticity of the synchrotron beam and partly due to the use of a slit instead of a grid. The dose reduction with synchrotron radiation can be attributed to a better X-ray total transmission of the slit and the contrast improvement is due to the monochromaticity of the synchrotron beam.

  5. Development and validation of a modelling framework for simulating 2D-mammography and breast tomosynthesis images

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    Elangovan, Premkumar; Warren, Lucy M.; Mackenzie, Alistair; Rashidnasab, Alaleh; Diaz, Oliver; Dance, David R.; Young, Kenneth C.; Bosmans, Hilde; Strudley, Celia J.; Wells, Kevin

    2014-08-01

    Planar 2D x-ray mammography is generally accepted as the preferred screening technique used for breast cancer detection. Recently, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been introduced to overcome some of the inherent limitations of conventional planar imaging, and future technological enhancements are expected to result in the introduction of further innovative modalities. However, it is crucial to understand the impact of any new imaging technology or methodology on cancer detection rates and patient recall. Any such assessment conventionally requires large scale clinical trials demanding significant investment in time and resources. The concept of virtual clinical trials and virtual performance assessment may offer a viable alternative to this approach. However, virtual approaches require a collection of specialized modelling tools which can be used to emulate the image acquisition process and simulate images of a quality indistinguishable from their real clinical counterparts. In this paper, we present two image simulation chains constructed using modelling tools that can be used for the evaluation of 2D-mammography and DBT systems. We validate both approaches by comparing simulated images with real images acquired using the system being simulated. A comparison of the contrast-to-noise ratios and image blurring for real and simulated images of test objects shows good agreement ( < 9% error). This suggests that our simulation approach is a promising alternative to conventional physical performance assessment followed by large scale clinical trials.

  6. The Quality of Tumor Size Assessment by Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography and the Benefit of Additional Breast MRI

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    Lobbes, Marc B.I.; Lalji, Ulrich C.; Nelemans, Patty J.; Houben, Ivo; Smidt, Marjolein L.; Heuts, Esther; de Vries, Bart; Wildberger, Joachim E.; Beets-Tan, Regina G.

    2015-01-01

    Background - Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) is a promising new breast imaging modality that is superior to conventional mammography for breast cancer detection. We aimed to evaluate correlation and agreement of tumor size measurements using CESM. As additional analysis, we evaluated whether measurements using an additional breast MRI exam would yield more accurate results. Methods - Between January 1st 2013 and April 1st 2014, 87 consecutive breast cancer cases that underwent CESM were collected and data on maximum tumor size measurements were gathered. In 57 cases, tumor size measurements were also available for breast MRI. Histopathological results of the surgical specimen served as gold standard in all cases. Results - The Pearson's correlation coefficients (PCC) of CESM versus histopathology and breast MRI versus histopathology were all >0.9, p<0.0001. For the agreement between measurements, the mean difference between CESM and histopathology was 0.03 mm. The mean difference between breast MRI and histopathology was 2.12 mm. Using a 2x2 contingency table to assess the frequency distribution of a relevant size discrepancy of >1 cm between the two imaging modalities and histopathological results, we did not observe any advantage of performing an additional breast MRI after CESM in any of the cases. Conclusion - Quality of tumor size measurement using CESM is good and matches the quality of these measurement assessed by breast MRI. Additional measurements using breast MRI did not improve the quality of tumor size measurements. PMID:25561979

  7. Diagnostic Accuracy of Mammography, Clinical Examination, US, and MR Imaging in Preoperative Assessment of Breast Cancer 1

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    Wendie A. Berg; Lorena Gutierrez; Moriel S. NessAiver; W. Bradford Carter; Mythreyi Bhargavan; Rebecca S. Lewis; Olga B. Ioffe

    PURPOSE: To prospectively assess accuracy of mammography, clinical examina- tion, ultrasonography (US), and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in preoperative assessment of local extent of breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval and informed patient consent were obtained. Results of bilateral mammography, US, and con- trast-enhanced MR imaging were analyzed from 111 consecutive women with known or suspected invasive

  8. Measuring and Improving Radiologists' Interpretative Performance on Screening Mammography

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    Technical quality of mammography in the Technical quality of mammography in the U.S. has improved since implementation of U.S. has improved since implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act, the Mammography Quality Standards Act, mammography interpretation remains quite mammography interpretation remains quite variable. variable.

  9. Experimental and Monte Carlo-simulated spectra of standard mammography-quality beams

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    David, M G; Pires, E J; Bernal, M A; Peixoto, J G; Dealmeida, C E

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT A spectrometric study of standard mammography-quality beams by using experimental and Monte Carlo simulation methods was carried out in this work. The qualities of these beams are described according to the International Electrotechical Commission 61267 standard and the Technical Report Series 457 International Atomic Energy Agency report. Specifically, the non-attenuated RQR-M beam series was studied. Methods A Si-PIN diode-based spectrometer and the PENELOPE Monte Carlo code (v. 2008F1) were used for experiments and simulations, respectively. In addition, an ionization chamber was used to determine the half-value layers (HVLs) of each beam quality. The measurements were done in the mammography dosimeter calibration setup of our laboratory, and the Monte Carlo simulations reproduced such conditions. Results The relative differences between the HVLs calculated from experimental and simulated spectra were lower than 2.4% for all the beam qualities studied. These differences are 1.2% and 3.1% when comparing the HVLs calculated from the experimental and simulated spectra to those determined by using the ionization chamber, respectively. A semi-empirical relation was found to obtain the nominal tube potential from the effective tube potential. Conclusion According to our results, the mammography beams used in this work have energy spectra similar to clinical beams. PMID:22010026

  10. A Reconstruction Algorithm for Breast Cancer Imaging With Electrical Impedance Tomography in Mammography Geometry

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    Kao, Tzu-Jen; Isaacson, David; Saulnier, Gary J.; Newell, Jonathan C.

    2009-01-01

    The conductivity and permittivity of breast tumors are known to differ significantly from those of normal breast tissues, and electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is being studied as a modality for breast cancer imaging to exploit these differences. At present, X-ray mammography is the primary standard imaging modality used for breast cancer screening in clinical practice, so it is desirable to study EIT in the geometry of mammography. This paper presents a forward model of a simplified mammography geometry and a reconstruction algorithm for breast tumor imaging using EIT techniques. The mammography geometry is modeled as a rectangular box with electrode arrays on the top and bottom planes. A forward model for the electrical impedance imaging problem is derived for a homogeneous conductivity distribution and is validated by experiment using a phantom tank. A reconstruction algorithm for breast tumor imaging based on a linearization approach and the proposed forward model is presented. It is found that the proposed reconstruction algorithm performs well in the phantom experiment, and that the locations of a 5-mm-cube metal target and a 6-mm-cube agar target could be recovered at a target depth of 15 mm using a 32 electrode system. PMID:17405377

  11. United States radiological health activities: inspection results of mammography facilities

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    Spelic, DC; Kaczmarek, RV; Hilohi, M; Belella, S

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) was enacted in 1992 to set national standards for high-quality mammography, including standards for mammographic X-ray equipment, patient dose, clinical image quality, and related technical parameters. The MQSA also requires minimum qualifications for radiologic technologists, interpreting physicians and medical physicists, mandates acceptable practices for quality-control, quality-assurance, and requires processes to audit medical outcomes. This paper presents the findings of MQSA inspections of facilities, which characterize significant factors affecting mammography quality in the United States. Materials and Methods: Trained inspectors collected data regarding X-ray technical factors, made exposure measurements for the determination of mean glandular dose (MGD), evaluated image quality, and inspected the quality of the film-processing environment. The average annual facility and total U.S. screening exam workloads were computed using workload data reported by facilities. Results: Mammography facilities have made technical improvements as evidenced by a narrower distribution of doses, higher phantom-film background optical densities associated with higher phantom image-quality scores, and better film processing. It is estimated that approximately 36 million screening mammography exams were conducted in 2006, a rate that is almost triple the exam volume estimated for 1997. Digital mammography (DM) is now in use at approximately 14% (1,191 of 8,834) of MQSA-certified mammography facilities. The results indicate that DM can offer lower dose to the patient while providing comparable or better image quality. PMID:21614276

  12. Task-based strategy for optimized contrast enhanced breast imaging: analysis of six imaging techniques for mammography and tomosynthesis

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    Ikejimba, Lynda; Kiarashi, Nooshin; Lin, Yuan; Chen, Baiyu; Ghate, Sujata V.; Zerhouni, Moustafa; Samei, Ehsan; Lo, Joseph Y.

    2012-03-01

    Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is a novel x-ray imaging technique that provides 3D structural information of the breast. In contrast to 2D mammography, DBT minimizes tissue overlap potentially improving cancer detection and reducing number of unnecessary recalls. The addition of a contrast agent to DBT and mammography for lesion enhancement has the benefit of providing functional information of a lesion, as lesion contrast uptake and washout patterns may help differentiate between benign and malignant tumors. This study used a task-based method to determine the optimal imaging approach by analyzing six imaging paradigms in terms of their ability to resolve iodine at a given dose: contrast enhanced mammography and tomosynthesis, temporal subtraction mammography and tomosynthesis, and dual energy subtraction mammography and tomosynthesis. Imaging performance was characterized using a detectability index d', derived from the system task transfer function (TTF), an imaging task, iodine contrast, and the noise power spectrum (NPS). The task modeled a 5 mm lesion containing iodine concentrations between 2.1 mg/cc and 8.6 mg/cc. TTF was obtained using an edge phantom, and the NPS was measured over several exposure levels, energies, and target-filter combinations. Using a structured CIRS phantom, d' was generated as a function of dose and iodine concentration. In general, higher dose gave higher d', but for the lowest iodine concentration and lowest dose, dual energy subtraction tomosynthesis and temporal subtraction tomosynthesis demonstrated the highest performance.

  13. Scintimammography with technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile: comparison with mammography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    H. Palmedo; F. Grünwald; H. Bender; A. Schomburg; P. Mallmann; D. Krebs; H. J. Biersack

    1996-01-01

    The aim of the study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of scintimammography with technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI; SMM) in the detection of primary breast cancer with that of mammography (MM) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Fifty-six patients with suspected lesions detected by palpation or MM were included in the study. Within the 4 weeks preceding excisional biopsy, MM and MRI

  14. A prototype modular detector design for high resolution positron emission mammography imaging

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    Nan Zhang; Christopher J. Thompson; Francois Cayouette; Dean Jolly; Steve Kecani

    2003-01-01

    Current challenges facing us in developing dedicated position emission tomography (PET) system for metabolic breast mammography (PEM) and small animal (ANIPET) are to achieve high spatial resolution (less than 2 mm) and high efficiency. It is also crucial to extend the sensitive areas of PEM detectors to their periphery in order to overcome the difficulty in imaging near a patient's

  15. Task-based strategy for optimized contrast enhanced breast imaging: Analysis of six imaging techniques for mammography and tomosynthesis

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    Ikejimba, Lynda C., E-mail: lci@duke.edu [Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 and Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Kiarashi, Nooshin [Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States)] [Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Ghate, Sujata V. [Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States)] [Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Samei, Ehsan [Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States) [Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Department of Physics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Lo, Joseph Y. [Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States) [Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705 (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: The use of contrast agents in breast imaging has the capability of enhancing nodule detectability and providing physiological information. Accordingly, there has been a growing trend toward using iodine as a contrast medium in digital mammography (DM) and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Widespread use raises concerns about the best way to use iodine in DM and DBT, and thus a comparison is necessary to evaluate typical iodine-enhanced imaging methods. This study used a task-based observer model to determine the optimal imaging approach by analyzing six imaging paradigms in terms of their ability to resolve iodine at a given dose: unsubtracted mammography and tomosynthesis, temporal subtraction mammography and tomosynthesis, and dual energy subtraction mammography and tomosynthesis. Methods: Imaging performance was characterized using a detectability index d{sup ?}, derived from the system task transfer function (TTF), an imaging task, iodine signal difference, and the noise power spectrum (NPS). The task modeled a 10 mm diameter lesion containing iodine concentrations between 2.1 mg/cc and 8.6 mg/cc. TTF was obtained using an edge phantom, and the NPS was measured over several exposure levels, energies, and target-filter combinations. Using a structured CIRS phantom, d{sup ?} was generated as a function of dose and iodine concentration. Results: For all iodine concentrations and dose, temporal subtraction techniques for mammography and tomosynthesis yielded the highest d{sup ?}, while dual energy techniques for both modalities demonstrated the next best performance. Unsubtracted imaging resulted in the lowest d{sup ?} values for both modalities, with unsubtracted mammography performing the worst out of all six paradigms. Conclusions: At any dose, temporal subtraction imaging provides the greatest detectability, with temporally subtracted DBT performing the highest. The authors attribute the successful performance to excellent cancellation of inplane structures and improved signal difference in the lesion.

  16. OPDIMA: large-area CCD-based x-ray image sensor for spot imaging and biopsy control in mammography

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    Thunberg, Stefan J.; Sklebitz, Hartmut; Ekdahl, Bengt; Baetz, Lothar; Lundin, Anders; Moeller, Hans; Fleischmann, Frank; Kreider, Gregory; Weidner, Tom

    1999-05-01

    The detection characteristics of digital x-ray and film-screen mammography systems are different and thus current film-screen techniques are not ideal for digital mammography. Therefore optimum technical parameters required for digital mammography are likely to be different compared with film-screen mammography. The goal of this study is to evaluate the optimum technical parameters for full-field digital mammography by experimental and computer simulation methods. A General Electric Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) prototype unit using Cesium Iodide (CsI) on an amorphous Silicon photodiode array was used for the experimental measurements. Using breast equivalent phantoms, images were acquired for a set of x-ray target-filters for a range of peak kilovoltage, varying breast composition and thickness, with and without an anti-scatter grid. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and figure-of-merit (FOM) were determined for simulated calcification and mass targets, independently by the two methods. The results for noise, contrast, SNR and FOM were compared and agree within 5% and 6% respectively. Combined results are presented for the case of 50% glandular - 50% adipose tissue breast composition using the grid and for the calcification target. Based on the FOM approach, preliminary results suggest that a Rhodium target-filter combination will be beneficial for higher breast thickness and for denser breasts.

  17. A perceptual evaluation of JPEG 2000 image compression for digital mammography: contrast-detail characteristics.

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    Suryanarayanan, Sankararaman; Karellas, Andrew; Vedantham, Srinivasan; Waldrop, Sandra M; D'Orsi, Carl J

    2004-03-01

    In this investigation the effect of JPEG 2000 compression on the contrast-detail (CD) characteristics of digital mammography images was studied using an alternative forced choice (AFC) technique. Images of a contrast-detail phantom, acquired using a clinical full-field digital mammography system, were compressed using a commercially available software product (JPEG 2000). Data compression was achieved at ratios of 1:1, 10:1, 20:1, and 30:1 and the images were reviewed by seven observers on a high-resolution display. Psychophysical detection characteristics were first computed by fitting perception data using a maximum-likelihood technique from which CD curves were derived at 50%, 62.5%, and 75% threshold levels. Statistical analysis indicated no significant difference in the perception of mean disk thickness up to 20:1 compression except for disk diameter of 1 mm. All other compression combinations exhibited significant degradation in CD characteristics. PMID:15255520

  18. Evaluation of edge effect due to phase contrast imaging for mammography

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    Matsuo, Satoru; Katafuchi, Tetsuro; Tohyama, Keiko; Morishita, Junji; Yamada, Katsuhiko; Fujita, Hiroshi [Department of Radiology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Shiga (Japan); Department of Radiology, National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan); Kyoto College of Medical Technology, Kyoto, (Japan); Department of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Kyushu University (Japan); Kyoto College of Medical Technology, Kyoto (Japan); Department of Intelligent Image Information, Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu University (Japan)

    2005-08-15

    It is well-known that the edge effect produced by phase contrast imaging results in the edge enhancement of x-ray images and thereby sharpens those images. It has recently been reported that phase contrast imaging using practical x-ray tubes with small focal spots has improved image sharpness as observed in the phase contrast imaging with x-ray from synchrotron radiation or micro-focus x-ray tubes. In this study, we conducted the phase contrast imaging of a plastic fiber and plant seeds using a customized mammography equipment with a 0.1 mm focal spot, and the improvement of image sharpness was evaluated in terms of spatial frequency response of the images. We observed that the image contrast of the plastic fiber was increased by edge enhancement, and, as predicted elsewhere, spectral analysis revealed that as the spatial frequencies of the x-ray images increased, so did the sharpness gained through phase contrast imaging. Thus, phase contrast imaging using a practical molybdenum anode tube with a 0.1 mm-focal spot would benefit mammography, in which the morphological detectability of small species such as micro-calcifications is of great concern. And detectability of tumor-surrounded glandular tissues in dense breast would be also improved by the phase contrast imaging.

  19. Design of a novel phase contrast x-ray imaging system for mammography

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    Peter R. T. Munro; Konstantin Ignatyev; Robert D. Speller; Alessandro Olivo

    2010-01-01

    It is hoped that x-ray phase contrast imaging (XPCi) will provide a generational improvement in the effectiveness of mammography. XPCi is sensitive to the refraction which x-rays undergo as a result of the variation in x-ray propagation speeds within an object. XPCi is, however, seldom used in clinical applications owing mainly to a lack of suitable systems. The radiation physics

  20. Quantitative evaluation of dual-energy digital mammography for calcification imaging

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    Cheenu Kappadath, S.; Shaw, Chris C.

    2004-06-01

    Dual-energy digital mammography (DEDM), where separate low- and high-energy images are acquired and synthesized to cancel the tissue structures, may improve the ability to detect and visualize microcalcifications. Under ideal imaging conditions, when the mammography image data are free of scatter and other biases, DEDM could be used to determine the thicknesses of the imaged calcifications. We present quantitative evaluation of a DEDM technique for calcification imaging. The phantoms used in the evaluation were constructed by placing aluminium strips of known thicknesses (to simulate calcifications) across breast-tissue-equivalent materials of different glandular-tissue compositions. The images were acquired under narrow-beam geometry and high exposures to suppress the detrimental effects of scatter and random noise. The measured aluminium thicknesses were found to be approximately linear with the true aluminium thicknesses and independent of the underlying glandular-tissue composition. However, the dual-energy images underestimated the true aluminium thickness due to the presence of scatter from adjacent regions. Regions in the DEDM image that contained no aluminium yielded very low aluminium thicknesses (<0.07 mm). The aluminium contrast-to-noise ratio in the dual-energy images increased with the aluminium thickness and decreased with the glandular-tissue composition. The changes to the aluminium contrast-to-noise ratio and the contrast of the tissue structures between the low-energy and DEDM images are also presented.

  1. The effect of image processing on the detection of cancers in digital mammography.

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    Warren, Lucy M; Given-Wilson, Rosalind M; Wallis, Matthew G; Cooke, Julie; Halling-Brown, Mark D; Mackenzie, Alistair; Chakraborty, Dev P; Bosmans, Hilde; Dance, David R; Young, Kenneth C

    2014-08-01

    OBJECTIVE. The objective of our study was to investigate the effect of image processing on the detection of cancers in digital mammography images. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Two hundred seventy pairs of breast images (both breasts, one view) were collected from eight systems using Hologic amorphous selenium detectors: 80 image pairs showed breasts containing subtle malignant masses; 30 image pairs, biopsy-proven benign lesions; 80 image pairs, simulated calcification clusters; and 80 image pairs, no cancer (normal). The 270 image pairs were processed with three types of image processing: standard (full enhancement), low contrast (intermediate enhancement), and pseudo-film-screen (no enhancement). Seven experienced observers inspected the images, locating and rating regions they suspected to be cancer for likelihood of malignancy. The results were analyzed using a jackknife-alternative free-response receiver operating characteristic (JAFROC) analysis. RESULTS. The detection of calcification clusters was significantly affected by the type of image processing: The JAFROC figure of merit (FOM) decreased from 0.65 with standard image processing to 0.63 with low-contrast image processing (p = 0.04) and from 0.65 with standard image processing to 0.61 with film-screen image processing (p = 0.0005). The detection of noncalcification cancers was not significantly different among the image-processing types investigated (p > 0.40). CONCLUSION. These results suggest that image processing has a significant impact on the detection of calcification clusters in digital mammography. For the three image-processing versions and the system investigated, standard image processing was optimal for the detection of calcification clusters. The effect on cancer detection should be considered when selecting the type of image processing in the future. PMID:25055275

  2. Multi-scale image fusion for x-ray grating-based mammography

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    Jiang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Li; Wang, Zhentian; Stampanoni, Marco

    2012-10-01

    X-ray phase contrast imaging (PCI) can provide high sensitivity of weakly absorbing low-Z objects in medical and biological fields, especially in mammography. Grating-based differential phase contrast (DPC) method is the most potential PCI method for clinic applications because it can works well with conventional X-ray tube and it can retrieve attenuation, DPC and dark-field information of the samples in a single scanning. Three kinds of information have different details and contrast which represent different physical characteristics of X-rays with matters. Hence, image fusion can show the most desirable characteristics of each image. In this paper, we proposed a multi-scale image fusion for X-ray grating-based DPC mammography. Firstly, non-local means method is adopted for denoising due to the strong noise, especially for DPC and dark-field images. Then, Laplacian pyramid is used for multi-scale image fusion. The principal component analysis (PCA) method is used on the high frequency part and the spatial frequency method is used on the low frequency part. Finally, the fused image is obtained by inverse Laplacian pyramid transform. Our algorithm is validated by experiments. The experiments were performed on mammoDPC instrumentation at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen, Switzerland. The results show that our algorithm can significantly show the advantages of three kinds of information in the fused image, which is very helpful for the breast cancer diagnosis.

  3. Optimal x-ray energy for digital mammography

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    Logan, C.M.; Hernandez, J.M.; Kinney, J.H.; Lewis, D.L.

    1992-11-01

    Screening mammography is a radiological procedure requiring the highest possible image quality at the lowest possible dose. It is widely recognized that digital image acquisition, computer assisted diagnosis, and scientific visualization can provide substantial improvement in mammography. For such systems, much of what is accepted as best practice with today`s film/screen/lightbox systems will become inappropriate. A complete system design is required. We have constructed a model of the breast imaging process. These results show that molybdenum-anode, molybdenum-filtered x-ray spectra are ill-suited for digital mammography. An x-ray spectrum rich in 22-to 25-keV photons is needed.

  4. Diagnostic quality of 50 and 100 µm computed radiography compared with screen–film mammography in operative breast specimens

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    Pagliari, C M; Hoang, T; Reddy, M; Wilkinson, L S; Poloniecki, J D; Given-Wilson, R M

    2012-01-01

    Objective To compare reader ratings of the clinical diagnostic quality of 50 and 100 ?m computed radiography (CR) systems with screen–film mammography (SFM) in operative specimens. Methods Mammograms of 57 fresh operative breast specimens were analysed by 10 readers. Exposures were made with identical position and compression with three mammographic systems (Fuji 100CR, 50CR and SFM). Images were anonymised and readers blinded to the CR system used. A five-point comparative scoring system (?2 to +2) was used to assess seven quality criteria and overall diagnostic value. Statistical analysis was subsequently performed of reader ratings (n=16 925). Results For most quality criteria, both CR systems were rated as equivalent to or better than SFM. The CR systems were significantly better at demonstrating skin edge and background tissue (p<1×10?5). Microcalcification was best demonstrated on the CR50 system (p<1×10?5). The overall diagnostic value of both CR systems was rated as being as good as or better than SFM (p<1×10?5). Conclusion In this clinical setting, the overall diagnostic performance of both CR systems was as good as or better than SFM, with the CR50 system performing better than the CR100. PMID:22096218

  5. Individual doses for women undergoing screening mammography examinations in Poland in 2007.

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    Fabiszewska, Ewa; Jankowska, Katarzyna; Grabska, Iwona; Skrzy?ski, Witold

    2011-12-01

    Exposure doses to women undergoing screening mammography examinations should be kept as low as reasonably achievable, but they should ensure high enough image quality for adequate diagnosis. The aim of this study was to estimate the radiation risk according to the 'European guidelines for quality assurance in breast cancer screening and diagnosis', fourth edition (European Commission 2006). Materials for this study were obtained from data from 250 screening mammography facilities in Poland. For every mammography facility, a standard average glandular dose for routine exposure was calculated. Furthermore, average glandular doses for individual mammography examinations obtained according to the methods proposed by Dance et al (2000 Phys. Med. Biol. 45 3225-40) were calculated. The average glandular doses determined for 250 mammography facilities ranged from 0.12 to 14.56 mGy (the mean values ranged from 0.62 to 4.53 mGy). Only for 39 mammography facilities were all exposures found to be below the acceptable level for an average glandular dose, and for only 18 mammography facilities did no exposures exceed the achievable levels for an average glandular dose. Average glandular doses to women undergoing mammography screening attained unnecessary high values, and they were found to depend on the technical parameters of the mammography equipment and maintenance of mammography units by personnel in various mammography facilities. PMID:22088977

  6. Imaging performance of amorphous selenium based flat-panel detectors for digital mammography: characterization of a small area prototype detector.

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    Zhao, Wei; Ji, W G; Debrie, Anne; Rowlands, J A

    2003-02-01

    Our work is to investigate and understand the factors affecting the imaging performance of amorphous selenium (a-Se) flat-panel detectors for digital mammography. Both theoretical and experimental methods were developed to investigate the spatial frequency dependent detective quantum efficiency [DQE(f)] of a-Se flat-panel detectors for digital mammography. Since the K edge of a-Se is 12.66 keV and within the energy range of a mammographic spectrum, a theoretical model was developed based on cascaded linear system analysis with parallel processes to take into account the effect of K fluorescence on the modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS), and DQE(f) of the detector. This model was used to understand the performance of a small-area prototype detector with 85 microm pixel size. The presampling MTF, NPS, and DQE(f) of the prototype were measured, and compared to the theoretical calculation of the model. The calculation showed that K fluorescence accounted for a 15% reduction in the MTF at the Nyquist frequency (fNy) of the prototype detector, and the NPS at fNy was reduced to 89% of that at zero spatial frequency. The measurement of presampling MTF of the prototype detector revealed an additional source of blurring, which was attributed to charge trapping in the blocking layer at the interface between a-Se and the active matrix. This introduced a drop in both presampling MTF and NPS at high spatial frequency, and reduced aliasing in the NPS. As a result, the DQE(f) of the prototype detector at fNy approached 40% of that at zero spatial frequency. The measured and calculated DQE(f) using the linear system model have reasonable agreement, indicating that the factors controlling image quality in a-Se based mammographic detectors are fully understood, and the model can be used to further optimize detector imaging performance. PMID:12607843

  7. The relative biological effectiveness of low-dose mammography quality X rays in the human breast MCF-10A cell line.

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    Mills, Caitlin E; Thome, Christopher; Koff, David; Andrews, David W; Boreham, Douglas R

    2015-01-01

    Mammography is used to screen a large fraction of the population for breast cancer, and mammography quality X rays are speculated to be more damaging than the higher energy X rays used for other diagnostic procedures. The radiation dose delivered to breast cells as a result of these screening exposures may be a concern. The purpose of this current study was to determine the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of low-energy mammography X rays for radiation-induced DNA double-strand breaks evaluated using a highly sensitive automated 53BP1 assay. Automation of the 53BP1 assay enabled the quantification and analysis of meaningful image-based features, including foci counting, within the cell nuclei. Nontumorigenic, human breast epithelial MCF-10A cells were irradiated in the low-dose range with approximately 3-30 mGy of 29 kVp mammography X rays or (137)Cs (662 keV) gamma rays. The induction and resolution of the 53BP1 foci did not differ significantly between exposures to (137)Cs gamma rays and 29 kVp X rays. The RBE was calculated to be 1.1 with a standard deviation of 0.2 for the initial number of radiation-induced double-strand breaks. The radiation dose from a single mammogram did not yield a significant change in the number of detectable foci. However, analysis of additional features revealed subtle differences in the distribution of 53BP1 throughout the nuclei after exposure to the different radiation qualities. A single mammogram was sufficient to alter the distribution of 53BP1 within the nuclear area, but not into discrete foci, while a dose-matched gamma exposure was not sufficient to alter the distribution of 53BP1. Our results indicate that exposure to clinically relevant doses of low-energy mammography quality X rays does not induce more DNA double-strand breaks than exposure to higher energy photons. PMID:25536231

  8. Image quality and dose efficiency of high energy phase sensitive x-ray imaging: Phantom studies

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    Wong, Molly Donovan; Wu, Xizeng; Liu, Hong

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this preliminary study was to perform an image quality comparison of high energy phase sensitive imaging with low energy conventional imaging at similar radiation doses. The comparison was performed with the following phantoms: American College of Radiology (ACR), contrast-detail (CD), acrylic edge and tissue-equivalent. Visual comparison of the phantom images indicated comparable or improved image quality for all phantoms. Quantitative comparisons were performed through ACR and CD observer studies, both of which indicated higher image quality in the high energy phase sensitive images. The results of this study demonstrate the ability of high energy phase sensitive imaging to overcome existing challenges with the clinical implementation of phase contrast imaging and improve the image quality for a similar radiation dose as compared to conventional imaging near typical mammography energies. In addition, the results illustrate the capability of phase sensitive imaging to sustain the image quality improvement at high x-ray energies and for – breast – simulating phantoms, both of which indicate the potential to benefit fields such as mammography. Future studies will continue to investigate the potential for dose reduction and image quality improvement provided by high energy phase sensitive contrast imaging. PMID:24865208

  9. Design and Construction of a Test Phantom for Screen/Film Mammography Quality Control

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    Galván, Héctor; Grabski, Varlen; Ruiz, Cesar; Villaseñor, Yolanda; Brandan, María-Ester

    2006-09-01

    A 10 × 10 × 4 cm Lucite phantom for quality control tests in mammography has been designed and built. It contains internal elements to quantify contrast and resolution, a mixture of talc and Lucite fibers to simulate the breast architecture, a 9-step aluminum wedge to verify the constancy of the film developing process, and metallic foils to evaluate kVp. Associated with an ionization chamber, the mean glandular dose can be evaluated. Its performance has been compared against the phantom accredited by the American College of Radiology. For a series of kV, both phantoms OD are similar within 5%. The step wedge can detect developer temperature changes of ±1°C. Relative metal foils/acrylic OD permits to calculate kVp with precision of ±0.43 kV. Radiological measurements have been interpreted by numerical calculations.

  10. EDITORIAL: Optical mammography: Imaging and characterization of breast lesions by pulsed near-infrared laser light (OPTIMAMM)

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    Hebden, Jeremy C.; Rinneberg, Herbert

    2005-06-01

    The Commission of the European Union (EU) conceived its Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) to identify the priorities for the European Union's research, technological development and demonstration activities for the period 1998-2002. By encouraging collaborative research between groups in different member countries, FP5 was intended to help solve problems the EU is facing and respond to major socio-economic challenges. The programme focused on a number of objectives and areas combining technological, industrial, economic, social and cultural aspects. A specific call was made, under its `Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources' section, for proposals which aim to explore improvements in non-invasive methods of imaging for early diagnosis and clinical evaluation of disease. Among the projects successfully funded under the FP5 programme was one entitled `Optical mammography: Imaging and characterization of breast lesions by pulsed near-infrared laser light', known by its acronym OPTIMAMM. The project involved a consortium of nine partners, comprising ten applied science and clinical research groups based in six EU countries, with overall administration and management provided by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Berlin, Germany. The broad aim of the OPTIMAMM project was to combine multi-disciplinary basic (physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science) and clinical (oncology, histology) research to assess the diagnostic potential of time-domain optical and photoacoustic mammography as novel, non-invasive imaging modalities for the detection and clinical evaluation of breast lesions. Funding for the project, at a total cost of about 1.67 MEuro, began in December 2000 for a period of three years, although a zero-cost extension was granted to enable the ongoing project activities to continue until the end of May 2004. The importance of developing new tools for the detection and diagnosis of breast disease is evident from the very high incidence and mortality associated with it, within the EU and throughout the world. Although x-ray mammography is recognized as an effective tool for cancer screening in women over 35-40 years of age, it suffers from a significant number of false positives which often lead to unnecessary biopsy. X-ray mammography is also less effective for younger women with denser breasts, and involves the use of potentially harmful ionizing radiation. While other conventional diagnostic techniques such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are also widely used in the diagnosis and characterization of breast disease, their roles in the detection and staging of breast tumours have so far been limited. The development of optical methods of imaging the breast is attractive partly because they are safe, but chiefly because they can reveal contrast between normal and diseased tissues which are not evident using conventional methods. The principal mechanism for contrast at near-infrared wavelengths is the characteristic absorption by haemoglobin and other dominant tissue chromophores, such as fat and water. Furthermore, the differences between the absorption of oxy-haemoglobin and deoxy-hemoglobin provide a means of determining oxygenation, and therefore of studying tissue function. The OPTIMAMM project focused specifically on the diagnostic potential of time-resolved methods. Systems which measure the flight-times of photons transmitted across highly scattering breast tissue offer the potential to provide greater spatial resolution and contrast than systems based on intensity measurements alone, and facilitate better separation between the effects of scatter and those of absorption. A major component of the project was a series of clinical trials performed at four European sites, in particular in Berlin (Germany) and Milan (Italy) using similar scanning instrumentation, carried out under a harmonized clinical protocol where appropriate. The clinical trials were augmented by efforts to refine semi-empirical and rigorous mathematical methods for data analysis and image reconstruction

  11. Predicting diagnostic error in radiology via eye-tracking and image analytics: Preliminary investigation in mammography

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    Voisin, Sophie; Tourassi, Georgia D. [Biomedical Science and Engineering Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)] [Biomedical Science and Engineering Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Pinto, Frank [School of Engineering, Science, and Technology, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia 23806 (United States)] [School of Engineering, Science, and Technology, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia 23806 (United States); Morin-Ducote, Garnetta; Hudson, Kathleen B. [Department of Radiology, University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 (United States)] [Department of Radiology, University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 (United States)

    2013-10-15

    Purpose: The primary aim of the present study was to test the feasibility of predicting diagnostic errors in mammography by merging radiologists’ gaze behavior and image characteristics. A secondary aim was to investigate group-based and personalized predictive models for radiologists of variable experience levels.Methods: The study was performed for the clinical task of assessing the likelihood of malignancy of mammographic masses. Eye-tracking data and diagnostic decisions for 40 cases were acquired from four Radiology residents and two breast imaging experts as part of an IRB-approved pilot study. Gaze behavior features were extracted from the eye-tracking data. Computer-generated and BIRADS images features were extracted from the images. Finally, machine learning algorithms were used to merge gaze and image features for predicting human error. Feature selection was thoroughly explored to determine the relative contribution of the various features. Group-based and personalized user modeling was also investigated.Results: Machine learning can be used to predict diagnostic error by merging gaze behavior characteristics from the radiologist and textural characteristics from the image under review. Leveraging data collected from multiple readers produced a reasonable group model [area under the ROC curve (AUC) = 0.792 ± 0.030]. Personalized user modeling was far more accurate for the more experienced readers (AUC = 0.837 ± 0.029) than for the less experienced ones (AUC = 0.667 ± 0.099). The best performing group-based and personalized predictive models involved combinations of both gaze and image features.Conclusions: Diagnostic errors in mammography can be predicted to a good extent by leveraging the radiologists’ gaze behavior and image content.

  12. Predicting diagnostic error in Radiology via eye-tracking and image analytics: Application in mammography

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    Voisin, Sophie [ORNL] [ORNL; Pinto, Frank M [ORNL] [ORNL; Morin-Ducote, Garnetta [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Hudson, Kathy [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Tourassi, Georgia [ORNL] [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The primary aim of the present study was to test the feasibility of predicting diagnostic errors in mammography by merging radiologists gaze behavior and image characteristics. A secondary aim was to investigate group-based and personalized predictive models for radiologists of variable experience levels. Methods: The study was performed for the clinical task of assessing the likelihood of malignancy of mammographic masses. Eye-tracking data and diagnostic decisions for 40 cases were acquired from 4 Radiology residents and 2 breast imaging experts as part of an IRB-approved pilot study. Gaze behavior features were extracted from the eye-tracking data. Computer-generated and BIRADs images features were extracted from the images. Finally, machine learning algorithms were used to merge gaze and image features for predicting human error. Feature selection was thoroughly explored to determine the relative contribution of the various features. Group-based and personalized user modeling was also investigated. Results: Diagnostic error can be predicted reliably by merging gaze behavior characteristics from the radiologist and textural characteristics from the image under review. Leveraging data collected from multiple readers produced a reasonable group model (AUC=0.79). Personalized user modeling was far more accurate for the more experienced readers (average AUC of 0.837 0.029) than for the less experienced ones (average AUC of 0.667 0.099). The best performing group-based and personalized predictive models involved combinations of both gaze and image features. Conclusions: Diagnostic errors in mammography can be predicted reliably by leveraging the radiologists gaze behavior and image content.

  13. Multimodal hard X-ray imaging of a mammography phantom at a compact synchrotron light source

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    Schleede, Simone; Bech, Martin; Achterhold, Klaus; Potdevin, Guillaume; Gifford, Martin; Loewen, Rod; Limborg, Cecile; Ruth, Ronald; Pfeiffer, Franz

    2012-01-01

    The Compact Light Source is a miniature synchrotron producing X-rays at the interaction point of a counter-propagating laser pulse and electron bunch through the process of inverse Compton scattering. The small transverse size of the luminous region yields a highly coherent beam with an angular divergence of a few milliradians. The intrinsic monochromaticity and coherence of the produced X-rays can be exploited in high-sensitivity differential phase-contrast imaging with a grating-based interferometer. Here, the first multimodal X-ray imaging experiments at the Compact Light Source at a clinically compatible X-ray energy of 21?keV are reported. Dose-compatible measurements of a mammography phantom clearly demonstrate an increase in contrast attainable through differential phase and dark-field imaging over conventional attenuation-based projections. PMID:22713884

  14. Investigation of imaging performance of amorphous selenium flat-panel detectors for digital mammography

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    Zhao, Wei; Ji, W. G.; Rowlands, John A.; Debrie, Anne

    2001-06-01

    Our work is to investigate and understand the factors affecting the imaging performance of amorphous selenium (a-Se) flat-panel detectors for digital mammography. Both theoretical and experimental methods were developed to investigate the spatial frequency dependent detective quantum efficiency [DQE(f)] of a-Se flat-panel detectors for digital mammography. Since the k-edge of a-Se is 12.66 keV and within the energy range of a mammographic spectrum, a cascaded linear system model was developed which takes into account the effect of k-fluorescence on the modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS) and DQE(f) of the detector. This model was used to understand the performance of a prototype detector with 85 mm pixel size. The presampling MTF, NPS and DQE(f) of the prototype were measured, and compared to the theoretical calculation by the model. The calculation showed that k-fluorescence reduces the MTF by 15% at the Nyquist frequency (fNY) of the prototype detector, and the NPS at fNY was reduced to 82% of that at zero spatial frequency. Because of the decrease in both MTF and NPS at high spatial frequencies, k-fluorescence only has a small degradation effect on DQE(f) for mammography. The measurement of presampling MTF of the prototype detector revealed an additional source of blurring, which was attributed to the blocking layer at the interface between a-Se and the active matrix. This introduced high frequency drop in both presampling MTF and NPS, and reduced aliasing in the NPS. As a result, the DQE(f) of the prototype detector at fNY approaches 50% of that at zero spatial frequency.

  15. Comparison of visual grading and free-response ROC analyses for assessment of image-processing algorithms in digital mammography

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    Zanca, F; Van Ongeval, C; Claus, F; Jacobs, J; Oyen, R; Bosmans, H

    2012-01-01

    Objective To compare two methods for assessment of image-processing algorithms in digital mammography: free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) for the specific task of microcalcification detection and visual grading analysis (VGA). Methods The FROC study was conducted prior to the VGA study reported here. 200 raw data files of low breast density (Breast Imaging–Reporting and Data System I–II) mammograms (Novation DR, Siemens, Germany)—100 of which abnormal—were processed by four image-processing algorithms: Raffaello (IMS, Bologna, Italy), Sigmoid (Sectra, Linköping, Sweden), and OpView v. 2 and v. 1 (Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). Four radiologists assessed the mammograms for the detection of microcalcifications. 8 months after the FROC study, a subset (200) of the 800 images was reinterpreted by the same radiologists, using the VGA methodology in a side-by-side approach. The VGA grading was based on noise, saturation, contrast, sharpness and confidence with the image in terms of normal structures. Ordinal logistic regression was applied; OpView v. 1 was the reference processing algorithm. Results In the FROC study all algorithms performed better than OpView v. 1. From the current VGA study and for confidence with the image, Sigmoid and Raffaello were significantly worse (p<0.001) than OpView v. 1; OpView v. 2 was significantly better (p=0.01). For the image quality criteria, results were mixed; Raffaello and Sigmoid for example were better than OpView v. 1 for sharpness and contrast (although not always significantly). Conclusion VGA and FROC discordant results should be attributed to the different clinical task addressed. Advances in knowledge The method to use for image-processing assessment depends on the clinical task tested. PMID:22844032

  16. Multiple-reader studies, digital mammography, computer-aided diagnosis, and the Holy Grail of imaging physics: I

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    Wagner, Robert F.; Beiden, Sergey V.; Campbell, Gregory

    2001-06-01

    There are multiple sources of variability in clinical studies of imaging systems. The variation of the reader `mindset' establishes the need for ROC analysis to control for that fundamental variable. The demonstration of the range of reader skills in mammography shows the need for a multivariate approach to ROC analysis. The multiple-reader, multiple-case (MRMC) ROC experimental paradigm addresses this need and several practical solutions to the problem of analysis of MRMC data have been developed. We review the application of these methods to an important clinical comparison of digital and conventional mammography.

  17. Aspects of Three-Dimensional Imaging by Classical Tomography for Dual Detector Positron Emission Mammography (PEM)

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    Mark F. Smith; Stan Majewski; Andrew G. Weisenberger; Raymond R. Raylman; Douglas A. Kieper; Joseph D. Kalen; Panos P. Fatouros

    2001-12-01

    Images from dual detector positron emission mammography (PEM) systems are commonly reconstructed by backprojection methods of classical tomography. Characteristics of three-dimensional (3-D) PEM images were investigated using analytic models, computer simulations, and experimental acquisitions with compact pixellated detectors, in particular depth resolution normal to the detectors. An analytic formula was developed using circular image pixels that models blurring normal to the detectors. The amount of blurring is dependent on the acceptance angle for coincidence events and may vary across the field of view due to geometric limitations on the maximum angle of lines of response normal to the detectors. For experimental acquisitions with line sources and a pixellated lutetium gadolinium oxyorthosilicate (LGSO) detector, depth resolution is broader than predicted by numerical simulations, possibly due to uncorrected randoms or scatter within the scintillator arrays. Iterative image reconstruction with the maximum likelihood expectation maximization (MLEM) algorithm of a compressed breast phantom acquisition with a pixellated gadolinium oxyorthosilicate (GSO) detector shows improved contract compared with backprojection reconstruction. Image reconstruction for dual detector PEM with static detectors represents a case of limited angle tomography with truncated projection data, and there is the opportunity to improve three-dimensional PEM imaging by the use of more sophisticated image reconstruction techniques.

  18. Anatomical noise in contrast-enhanced digital mammography. Part II. Dual-energy imaging

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    Hill, Melissa L.; Yaffe, Martin J. [Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada and Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)] [Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada and Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Mainprize, James G. [Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)] [Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Carton, Ann-Katherine; Saab-Puong, Sylvie; Iordache, R?zvan; Muller, Serge [GE Healthcare, 283 rue de la Minière, Buc 78530 (France)] [GE Healthcare, 283 rue de la Minière, Buc 78530 (France); Jong, Roberta A. [Breast Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)] [Breast Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Dromain, Clarisse [Department of Radiology, Institut Gustave Roussy, 39 rue Camille Desmoulin, Villejuif 94805 (France)] [Department of Radiology, Institut Gustave Roussy, 39 rue Camille Desmoulin, Villejuif 94805 (France)

    2013-08-15

    Purpose: Dual-energy (DE) contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) uses an iodinated contrast agent in combination with digital mammography (DM) to evaluate lesions on the basis of tumor angiogenesis. In DE imaging, low-energy (LE) and high-energy (HE) images are acquired after contrast administration and their logarithms are subtracted to cancel the appearance of normal breast tissue. Often there is incomplete signal cancellation in the subtracted images, creating a background “clutter” that can impair lesion detection. This is the second component of a two-part report on anatomical noise in CEDM. In Part I the authors characterized the anatomical noise for single-energy (SE) temporal subtraction CEDM by a power law, with model parameters ? and ?. In this work the authors quantify the anatomical noise in DE CEDM clinical images and compare this with the noise in SE CEDM. The influence on the anatomical noise of the presence of iodine in the breast, the timing of imaging postcontrast administration, and the x-ray energy used for acquisition are each evaluated.Methods: The power law parameters, ? and ?, were measured from unprocessed LE and HE images and from DE subtracted images to quantify the anatomical noise. A total of 98 DE CEDM cases acquired in a previous clinical pilot study were assessed. Conventional DM images from 75 of the women were evaluated for comparison with DE CEDM. The influence of the imaging technique on anatomical noise was determined from an analysis of differences between the power law parameters as measured in DM, LE, HE, and DE subtracted images for each subject.Results: In DE CEDM, weighted image subtraction lowers ? to about 1.1 from 3.2 and 3.1 in LE and HE unprocessed images, respectively. The presence of iodine has a small but significant effect in LE images, reducing ? by about 0.07 compared to DM, with ? unchanged. Increasing the x-ray energy, from that typical in DM to a HE beam, significantly decreases ? by about 2 × 10{sup ?5} mm{sup 2}, and lowers ? by about 0.14 compared to LE images. A comparison of SE and DE CEDM at 4 min postcontrast shows equivalent power law parameters in unprocessed images, and lower ? and ? by about 3 × 10{sup ?5} mm{sup 2} and 0.50, respectively, in DE versus SE subtracted images.Conclusions: Image subtraction in both SE and DE CEDM reduces ? by over a factor of 2, while maintaining ? below that in DM. Given the equivalent ? between SE and DE unprocessed CEDM images, and the smaller anatomical noise in the DE subtracted images, the DE approach may have an advantage over SE CEDM. It will be necessary to test this potential advantage in future lesion detectability experiments, which account for realistic lesion signals. The authors' results suggest that LE images could be used in place of DM images in CEDM exam interpretation.

  19. Results of Preliminary Clinical Trials of the Positron Emission Mammography System PEM-I: A Dedicated Breast Imaging System Producing Glucose Metabolic Images Using FDG

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    Kavita Murthy; Marianne Aznar; Christopher J. Thompson; Antoine Loutfi; Robert Lisbona; Jean H. Gagnon

    Early detection of breast cancer is crucial for efficient and effective treatment. We have developed an instrument for posi- tron emission mammography (PEM) called PEM-I that performs high-resolution metabolic imaging of breast cancer. Images of glucose metabolism are obtained after injection of 75 MBq FDG. The PEM detectors are integrated into a conventional mammog- raphy system, allowing acquisition of the

  20. Theoretical optimization of dual-energy x-ray imaging with application to mammography

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    Johns, P.C.; Yaffe, M.J.

    1985-05-01

    Detection of a target object in a radiological image is often impeded by an obscuring background clutter resulting from the contrast between various materials in the neighborhood of the target. Dual-energy techniques can reduce or remove this clutter. In order for the target to be detectable in the image after dual-energy processing, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), defined as the difference between the target and the background divided by the photon noise in the difference, must exceed some threshold. A given SNR may be obtained for a wide range of the energies of the two x-ray beams and the ratio of their fluences. A theoretical model is developed which permits the choice of beams to be optimized with respect to some critical parameter--in this case, patient dose. The analysis is applied to the detection of calcifications in mammography. For an ideal imaging system, the authors predict that the optimum beam energies are 19 and 68 keV. A dose of 0.42 cGy is required to obtain an SNR of 5 for detection of a 0.02-cm cubic calcification in the resulting clutter-free image. This can be reduced to 0.16 cGy if the higher energy image is smoothed, prior to dual-energy processing, such that its variance is reduced to one-fourth of its unsmoothed value.

  1. Diagnostic clinical benefits of digital spot and digital 3D mammography following analysis of screening findings

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    Lehtimaki, Mari; Pamilo, Martti; Raulisto, Leena; Roiha, Marja; Kalke, Martti; Siltanen, Samuli; Ihamäki, Timo

    2003-05-01

    The purpose of this study is to find out the impact of 3-dimensional digital mammography and digital spot imaging following analysis of the abnormal findings of screening mammograms. Over a period of eight months, digital 3-D mammography imaging TACT Tuned Aperture Computed Tomography+, digital spot imaging (DSI), screen-film mammography imaging (SFM) and diagnostic film imaging (DFM) examinations were performed on 60 symptomatic cases. All patients were recalled because it was not possible to exclude the presence of breast cancer on screening films. Abnormal findings on the screening films were non-specific tumor-like parenchymal densities, parenchymal asymmetries or distortions with or without microcalcifications or just microcalcifications. Mammography work-up (film imaging) included spot compression and microfocus magnification views. The 3-D softcopy reading in all cases was done with Delta 32 TACT mammography workstation, while the film images were read using a mammography-specific light box. During the softcopy reading only windowing tools were allowed. The result of this study indicates that the clinical diagnostic image quality of digital 3-D and digital spot images are better than in film images, even in comparison with diagnostic work-up films. Potential advantages are to define if the mammography finding is caused by a real abnormal lesion or by superimposition of normal parenchymal structures, to detect changes in breast tissue which would otherwise be missed, to verify the correct target for biopsies and to reduce the number of biopsies performed.

  2. Positron Emission Mammography Imaging with Low Activity Fluorodeoxyglucose and Novel Utilization in Core-needle Biopsy Sampling

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    Choudhery, Sadia; Seiler, Stephen

    2015-01-01

    Positron emission mammography (PEM), a relatively novel breast imaging modality, provides certain advantages over magnetic resonance imaging, including the ability to image biopsy samples. However, the radiation activity associated with PEM has remained a concern in clinical practice. We present a case of an invasive ductal carcinoma that was adequately imaged with a much lower than the standard 185 to 370 MBq activity of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose. In addition, we demonstrate ultrasound-guided core-needle biopsy sample imaging with PEM to assess adequacy of sampling, a strategy that has previously only been documented with vacuum-assisted biopsy samples. PMID:25709550

  3. Anatomical noise in contrast-enhanced digital mammography. Part I. Single-energy imaging

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    Hill, Melissa L.; Yaffe, Martin J. [Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Mainprize, James G. [Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Carton, Ann-Katherine; Muller, Serge [GE Healthcare, 283 rue de la Miniere, Buc 78530 (France); Ebrahimi, Mehran [Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4 (Canada); Jong, Roberta A. [Breast Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Dromain, Clarisse [Department of Radiology, Institut Gustave Roussy, 39 rue Camille Desmoulin, Villejuif 94805 (France)

    2013-05-15

    Purpose: The use of an intravenously injected iodinated contrast agent could help increase the sensitivity of digital mammography by adding information on tumor angiogenesis. Two approaches have been made for clinical implementation of contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM), namely, single-energy (SE) and dual-energy (DE) imaging. In each technique, pairs of mammograms are acquired, which are then subtracted with the intent to cancel the appearance of healthy breast tissue to permit sensitive detection and specific characterization of lesions. Patterns of contrast agent uptake in the healthy parenchyma, and uncanceled signal from background tissue create a 'clutter' that can mask or mimic an enhancing lesion. This type of 'anatomical noise' is often the limiting factor in lesion detection tasks, and thus, noise quantification may be useful for cascaded systems analysis of CEDM and for phantom development. In this work, the authors characterize the anatomical noise in CEDM clinical images and the authors evaluate the influence of the x-ray energy used for acquisition, the presence of iodine in the breast, and the timing of imaging postcontrast administration on anatomical noise. The results are presented in a two-part report, with SE CEDM described here, and DE CEDM in Part II. Methods: A power law is used to model anatomical noise in CEDM images. The exponent, {beta}, which describes the anatomical structure, and the constant {alpha}, which represents the magnitude of the noise, are determined from Wiener spectra (WS) measurements on images. A total of 42 SE CEDM cases from two previous clinical pilot studies are assessed. The parameters {alpha} and {beta} are measured both from unprocessed images and from subtracted images. Results: Consistent results were found between the two SE CEDM pilot studies, where a significant decrease in {beta} from a value of approximately 3.1 in the unprocessed images to between about 1.1 and 1.8 in the subtracted images was observed. Increasing the x-ray energy from that used in conventional DM to those of typical SE CEDM spectra with mean energies above 33 keV significantly decreased {alpha} by about a factor of 19, in agreement with theory. Compared to precontrast images, in the unprocessed postcontrast images at 30 s postinjection, {alpha} was larger by about 7.4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} mm{sup 2} and {beta} was decreased by 0.2. While {alpha} did not vary significantly with the time after contrast administration, {beta} from the unprocessed image WS increased linearly, and {beta} from subtracted image WS increased with an initial quadratic relationship that plateaued by about 5 min postinjection. Conclusions: The presence of an iodinated contrast agent in the breast produced small, but significant changes in the power law parameters of unprocessed CEDM images compared to the precontrast images. Image subtraction in SE CEDM significantly reduced anatomical noise compared to conventional DM, with a reduction in both {alpha} and {beta} by about a factor of 2. The data presented here, and in Part II of this work, will be useful for modeling of CEDM backgrounds, for systems characterization and for lesion detectability experiments using models that account for anatomical noise.

  4. A comparison of image interpretation times in full field digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis

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    Astley, Susan; Connor, Sophie; Lim, Yit; Tate, Catriona; Entwistle, Helen; Morris, Julie; Whiteside, Sigrid; Sergeant, Jamie; Wilson, Mary; Beetles, Ursula; Boggis, Caroline; Gilbert, Fiona

    2013-03-01

    Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) provides three-dimensional images of the breast that enable radiologists to discern whether densities are due to overlapping structures or lesions. To aid assessment of the cost-effectiveness of DBT for screening, we have compared the time taken to interpret DBT images and the corresponding two-dimensional Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) images. Four Consultant Radiologists experienced in reading FFDM images (4 years 8 months to 8 years) with training in DBT interpretation but more limited experience (137-407 cases in the past 6 months) were timed reading between 24 and 32 two view FFDM and DBT cases. The images were of women recalled from screening for further assessment and women under surveillance because of a family history of breast cancer. FFDM images were read before DBT, according to local practice. The median time for readers to interpret FFDM images was 17.0 seconds, with an interquartile range of 12.3-23.6 seconds. For DBT, the median time was 66.0 seconds, and the interquartile range was 51.1-80.5 seconds. The difference was statistically significant (p<0.001). Reading times were significantly longer in family history clinics (p<0.01). Although it took approximately four times as long to interpret DBT than FFDM images, the cases were more complex than would be expected for routine screening, and with higher mammographic density. The readers were relatively inexperienced in DBT interpretation and may increase their speed over time. The difference in times between clinics may be due to increased throughput at assessment, or decreased density.

  5. First results with real-time selenium-based full-field digital mammography three-dimensional imaging system

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    Lehtimaki, Mari; Pamilo, Martti; Raulisto, Leena; Kalke, Martti

    2004-05-01

    Our goal in this paper is to evaluate the capability of real-time selenium-technology-based full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system in breast tomosynthesis. The objective of this study is to find out the present status of amorphous selenium technology in the sense of advanced applications in clinical use. We were using tuned aperture computed tomography (TACT+) 3-dimensional (3D) technology for reconstruction. Under evaluation were amorphous selenium signal-to-noise-ratio, flat panel image artefacts and acquisition time to perform full-field digital mammography 3D examination. To be able to validate the system we used a special breast phantom. We found out that 3D imaging technology provides diagnostic value and benefits over 2-dimensional (2D) imaging. 3D TACT advantages are to define if mammography finding is caused by a real abnormal lesion or by superposition of normal parenchymal structures, to be able to diagnose and analyze the findings properly, to detect changes in breast tissue which would otherwise be missed, to verify the possible multifocality of the breast cancers, to verify the correct target for biopsies and to reduce number of biopsies performed. Slice visualization and 3D volume model provide greater diagnostic information compared to 2D projection screening and diagnostic imaging.

  6. 50 ?m pixel size a-Se mammography imager with high DQE and increased temperature resistance

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    Zentai, G.; Partain, L.; Richmond, M.; Ogusu, K.; Yamada, S.

    2010-04-01

    The imager presented in this paper has a special blocking structure that ensures very low dark current of less than 1 pA/mm2 even with a 20 V/?m electric field. Hence the electric field can be increased from the generally applied 10 V/?m to 20V/?m, this reduces the energy required to produce an electron hole (e-h) pair from 60 eV to about 36 eV at the given (19.3 keV mean) mammo energy. Furthermore, with special doping and manufacturing processes this a-Se layer is very stable in the 0-70 C° temperature range as demonstrated by Ogusu et al. [1]. A new 5 cm × 5 cm size TFT array was developed with 50 ?m pixel size, specifically for testing the resolution of photoconductor based imagers. The first new imager of this type had a 200 ?m thick a-Se layer evaporated onto the array. Its MTF, NPS, and DQE values were evaluated using 28kVp Mo anode x-ray source with a 0.03mm thick Mo and an additional 2 mm thick Al filters. The MTF value is about 40% and 50% in x-and y directions at the Nyquist frequency of 10 lp/mm. The low frequency DQE at 20 V/?m electrical field is ~70% at 151 ?Gy dose and drops only about 10% when going down to 23 ?Gy. This new array also has excellent lag properties. The measured first frame image lag at 20 V/?m is less than 1%. Such low lag provides opportunities to use this material not only for mammography but also for breast tomosynthesis applications. Breast phantom images demonstrate that even the smallest 0.13 mm calcifications are clearly visible with this high-resolution imager.

  7. A computer simulation study comparing lesion detection accuracy with digital mammography, breast tomosynthesis, and cone-beam CT breast imaging

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    Gong Xing; Glick, Stephen J.; Liu, Bob; Vedula, Aruna A.; Thacker, Samta [Departments of Medical Physics and Radiation Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60612 (United States); Department of Radiology, University Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655 (United States); Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114 (United States); Department of Radiology, University Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655 (United States)

    2006-04-15

    Although conventional mammography is currently the best modality to detect early breast cancer, it is limited in that the recorded image represents the superposition of a three-dimensional (3D) object onto a 2D plane. Recently, two promising approaches for 3D volumetric breast imaging have been proposed, breast tomosynthesis (BT) and CT breast imaging (CTBI). To investigate possible improvements in lesion detection accuracy with either breast tomosynthesis or CT breast imaging as compared to digital mammography (DM), a computer simulation study was conducted using simulated lesions embedded into a structured 3D breast model. The computer simulation realistically modeled x-ray transport through a breast model, as well as the signal and noise propagation through a CsI based flat-panel imager. Polyenergetic x-ray spectra of Mo/Mo 28 kVp for digital mammography, Mo/Rh 28 kVp for BT, and W/Ce 50 kVp for CTBI were modeled. For the CTBI simulation, the intensity of the x-ray spectra for each projection view was determined so as to provide a total average glandular dose of 4 mGy, which is approximately equivalent to that given in conventional two-view screening mammography. The same total dose was modeled for both the DM and BT simulations. Irregular lesions were simulated by using a stochastic growth algorithm providing lesions with an effective diameter of 5 mm. Breast tissue was simulated by generating an ensemble of backgrounds with a power law spectrum, with the composition of 50% fibroglandular and 50% adipose tissue. To evaluate lesion detection accuracy, a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) study was performed with five observers reading an ensemble of images for each case. The average area under the ROC curves (A{sub z}) was 0.76 for DM, 0.93 for BT, and 0.94 for CTBI. Results indicated that for the same dose, a 5 mm lesion embedded in a structured breast phantom was detected by the two volumetric breast imaging systems, BT and CTBI, with statistically significant higher confidence than with planar digital mammography, while the difference in lesion detection between BT and CTBI was not statistically significant.

  8. Visibility of microcalcification clusters and masses in breast tomosynthesis image volumes and digital mammography: A 4AFC human observer study

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    Timberg, P.; Baath, M.; Andersson, I.; Mattsson, S.; Tingberg, A.; Ruschin, M. [Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Clinical Sciences Malmoe, Lund University, Skaane University Hospital, SE-205 02 Malmoe (Sweden); Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, SE-413 45 Gothenburg (Sweden) and Department of Radiation Physics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, SE-413 45 Gothenburg (Sweden); Department of Clinical Sciences Malmoe, Lund University, Skaane University Hospital, SE-205 02 Malmoe (Sweden); Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Clinical Sciences Malmoe, Lund University, Skaane University Hospital, SE-205 02 Malmoe (Sweden); Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Clinical Sciences Malmoe, Lund University, Skaane University Hospital, SE-205 02 Malmoe (Sweden) and Department of Radiation Physics, Skaane University Hospital, Malmoe, SE-205 02 Malmoe (Sweden); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada)

    2012-05-15

    Purpose: To investigate the visibility of simulated lesions in digital breast tomosynthesis (BT) image volumes compared with 2D digital mammography (DM). Methods: Simulated lesions (masses and microcalcifications) were added to images of the same women acquired on a DM system (Mammomat Novation, Siemens) and a BT prototype. The same beam quality was used for the DM and BT acquisitions. The total absorbed dose resulting from a 25-projection BT acquisition and reconstruction (BT{sub 25}) was approximately twice that of a single DM view. By excluding every other projection image from the reconstruction (BT{sub 13}), approximately the same dose as in DM was effected. Simulated microcalcifications were digitally added with varying contrast to the DM and BT images. Simulated masses with 8 mm diameter were also added to BT images. A series of 4-alternative forced choice (4AFC) human observer experiments were conducted. Four medical physicists participated in all experiments, each consisting of 60 trials per experimental condition. The observers interpreted the BT image volumes in cine-mode at a fixed image sequence speed. The required threshold contrast (S{sub t}) to achieve a detectability index (d') of 2.5 (i.e., 92.5% correct decisions) was determined. Results: The S{sub t} for mass detection in DM was approximately a factor of 2 higher than required in BT indicating that the detection of masses was improved under BT conditions compared to DM. S{sub t} for microcalcification detection was higher for BT than for DM at both BT dose levels (BT{sub 25} and BT{sub 13}), with a statistically significant difference in S{sub t} between DM and BT{sub 13}. These results indicate a dose-dependent decrease in detection performance in BT for detection of microcalcifications. Conclusions: In agreement with previous investigations, masses of size 8 mm can be detected with less contrast in BT than in DM indicating improved detection performance for BT. However, for the investigated microcalcifications, the results of this study indicate potentially worse performance for BT than for DM at the same dose level.

  9. Dual-energy digital mammography for calcification imaging: theory and implementation

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    Kappadath, Srinivas C.; Shaw, Chris C.; Lai, Chao-Jen; Liu, Xinming; Whitman, Gary

    2004-05-01

    Small microcalcifications essential to the early detection of breast cancer may be obscured by overlapping tissue structures. Dual-energy digital mammography (DEDM), where separate low- and high-energy images are acquired and synthesized to cancel the tissue structures, may improve the ability to detect and visualize microcalcifications. The investigation of DEDM began with a signal-to noise ratio analysis to estimate and relate the noise level in the dual-energy calcification signals to the x-ray spectra, microcalcification size, tissue composition and breast thickness. We investigated various inverse-mapping functions, both linear and non-linear, to estimate the calcification thickness from low- and high-energy measurements. Transmission (calibration) measurements made at two different kVp values for variable aluminum thickness (to simulate calcifications) and variable glandular-tissue ratio for a fixed total tissue thickness were used to determine the coefficients of the inverse-mapping functions by a least-squares analysis. We implemented and evaluated the DEDM technique under narrow-beam geometry. Phantoms, used in the evaluation, were constructed by placing different aluminum strips over breast-tissue-equivalent materials of different compositions. The resulting phantom images consisted of four distinct regions, each with a different combination of aluminum thickness and tissue composition. DEDM with non-linear inverse-mapping functions could successfully cancel the contrast of the tissue-structure background to better visualize the overlapping aluminum strip. We are currently in the process of translating our DEDM techniques into full-field imaging. We have designed special phantoms with variable glandular ratios and variable calcification thicknesses for evaluation of the full-field dual-energy calcification images.

  10. Optimization of breast cancer detection in Dual Energy X-ray Mammography using a CMOS imaging detector

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    Koukou, V.; Fountos, G.; Martini, N.; Sotiropoulou, P.; Michail, C.; Kalyvas, N.; Valais, I.; Bakas, A.; Kounadi, E.; Kandarakis, I.; Nikiforidis, G.

    2015-01-01

    Dual energy mammography has the ability to improve the detection of microcalcifications leading to early diagnosis of breast cancer. In this simulation study, a prototype dual energy mammography system, using a CMOS based imaging detector with different X-ray spectra, was modeled. The device consists of a 33.91 mg/cm2 Gd2O2S:Tb scintillator screen, placed in direct contact with the sensor, with a pixel size of 22.5 ?m. Various filter materials and tube voltages of a Tungsten (W) anode for both the low and high energy were examined. The selection of the filters applied to W spectra was based on their K- edges (K-edge filtering). Hydroxyapatite (HAp) was used to simulate microcalcifications. Calcification signal-to-noise ratio (SNRtc) was calculated for entrance surface dose within the acceptable levels of conventional mammography. Optimization was based on the maximization of SNRtc while minimizing the entrance dose. The best compromise between SNRtc value and dose was provided by a 35kVp X-ray spectrum with added beam filtration of 100?m Pd and a 70kVp Yb filtered spectrum of 800 ?m for the low and high energy, respectively. Computer simulation results show that a SNRtc value of 3.6 can be achieved for a calcification size of 200 ?m. Compared with previous studies, this method can improve detectability of microcalcifications.

  11. Correlative analysis of breast lesions on full-field digital mammography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Yuan, Yading

    Multi-modality imaging techniques are increasingly being applied in clinical practice to improve the accuracy with which breast cancer can be diagnosed. However, interpreting images from different modalities is not trivial as different images of the same lesion may exhibit different physical lesion attributes, and currently the various image modality acquisitions are performed under different breast positioning protocols. The general objective of this research is to investigate computerized correlative feature analysis (CFA) methods for integrating information from full-field digital mammographic (FFDM) images and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (DCE-MR) images by taking advantage of the information from different imaging modalities, and thus improving the diagnostic ability of computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) in breast cancer workup. The main hypothesis to be tested is that by incorporating correlative feature analysis in CADx, one can achieve an accurate and efficient discrimination between corresponding and non-corresponding lesion pairs, and subsequently improve performance in the estimation of computer-estimated probabilities of malignancy. The main contributions of this research work are summarized as follows. (1) A novel active-contour model based algorithm was developed for lesion segmentation on mammograms. This new algorithm yielded a statistically improved segmentation performance as compared to previously developed methods: a region-growing method and a radial gradient index (RGI) based method. (2) A computerized feature-based, supervised-learning driven CFA method was investigated to identify corresponding lesions in different mammographic views. The performance obtained by combining multiple features was found to be statistically better than the use of a distance feature alone, and robust across different mammographic view combinations. (3) A multi-modality CADx method that automatically selects and combines discriminative information from both mammography and DCE-MR imaging was studied, and yielded a statistically improved diagnostic performance as compared to the use of single-modality CADx. (4) The CFA method was successfully generalized to the task of differentiating between corresponding and non-corresponding lesions seen in mammographic images and DCE-MR images. Furthermore, multi-modality CADx, which incorporated CFA, was found to potentially provide improved diagnostic accuracy as compared to both single-modality CADx and to multi-modality CADx that erroneously includes non-corresponding lesion pairs. The results affirm the main hypothesis of this research work. With the increasing role of multi-modality imaging techniques in the clinical evaluation, computerized analysis, integration, and interpretation of the image data become more essential for breast cancer diagnosis. The significance of this research is that it provides an automated, effective and efficient scheme that has potential to help radiologists in achieving an improved correlation and characterization of breast lesions with multi-modality imaging techniques.

  12. Fourier analysis of the imaging characteristics of a CMOS active pixel detector for mammography by using a linearization method

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    Han, Jong Chul; Yun, Seungman; Youn, Hanbean; Kam, Soohwa; Cho, Seungryong; Achterkirchen, Thorsten G.; Kim, Ho Kyung

    2014-09-01

    Active pixel design using the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process is a compelling solution for use in X-ray imaging detectors because of its excellent electronic noise characteristics. We have investigated the imaging performance of a CMOS active pixel photodiode array coupled to a granular phosphor through a fiber-optic faceplate for mammographic applications. The imaging performance included the modulation-transfer function (MTF), noise-power spectrum (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). Because we observed a nonlinear detector response at low exposures, we used the linearization method for the analysis of the DQE. The linearization method uses the images obtained at detector input, which are converted from those obtained at detector output by using the inverse of the detector response. Compared to the conventional method, the linearization method provided almost the same MTF and a slightly lower normalized NPS. However, the difference between the DQE results obtained by using the two methods was significant. We claim that the conventional DQE analysis of a detector having a nonlinear response characteristic can yield wrong results. Under the standard mammographic imaging condition, we obtained a DQE performance that was competitive with the performances of conventional flat-panel mammography detectors. We believe that the CMOS detector investigated in this study can be successfully used for mammography.

  13. A comparison of lesion detection accuracy using digital mammography and flat-panel CT breast imaging (Honorable Mention Poster Award)

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    Gong, Xing; Vedula, Aruna A.; Thacker, Samta; Glick, Stephen J.

    2005-04-01

    Although conventional mammography is currently the best modality to detect early breast cancer, it is limited in that the recorded image represents the superposition of a 3D object onto a 2D plane. As an alternative, cone-beam CT breast imaging with a CsI based flat-panel imager (CTBI) has been proposed with the ability to provide 3D visualization of breast tissue. To investigate possible improvements in lesion detection accuracy using CTBI over digital mammography (DM), a computer simulation study was conducted using simulated lesions embedded into a structured 3D breast model. The computer simulation realistically modeled x-ray transport through a breast model, as well as the signal and noise propagation through the flat-panel imager. Polyenergetic x-ray spectra of W/Al 50 kVp for CTBI and Mo/Mo 28 kVp for DM were modeled. For the CTBI simulation, the intensity of the x-ray spectra for each projection view was determined so as to provide a total mean glandular dose (MGD) of 4 mGy, which is approximately equivalent to that given in a conventional two-view screening mammography study. Since only one DM view was investigated here, the intensity of the DM x-ray spectra was defined to give 2 mGy MGD. Irregular lesions were simulated by using a stochastic growth algorithm providing lesions with an effective diameter of 5 mm. Breast tissue was simulated by generating an ensemble of backgrounds with a power law spectrum. To evaluate lesion detection accuracy, a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) study was performed with 4 observers reading an ensemble of images for each case. The average area under the ROC curves (Az) was 0.94 for CTBI, and 0.81 for DM. Results indicate that a 5 mm lesion embedded in a structured breast phantom can be detected by CT breast imaging with statistically significant higher confidence than with digital mammography.

  14. Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act (H.R. 716/S. 370, 114th Congress)

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    The bill would amend the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MSQA) of 1992 to require mammography results to include information about a patient’s breast density, and for that information to be reported to patients in their mammography results summary.

  15. Projection-based energy weighting on photon-counting X-ray images in digital subtraction mammography: a feasibility study

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    Choi, Sung-Hoon; Lee, Seung-Wan; Choi, Yu-Na; Lee, Young-Jin; Kim, Hee-Joung

    2014-03-01

    In digital subtraction mammography where subtracts the one image (with contrast medium) from the other (anatomical background) for observing the tumor structure, tumors which include more blood vessels than normal tissue could be distinguished through the enhancement of contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). In order to improve CNR, we adopted projection-based energy weighting for iodine solutions with four different concentrations embedded in a breast phantom (50% adipose and 50% glandular tissues). In this study, a Monte Carlo simulation was used to simulate a 40 mm thickness breast phantom, which has 15 and 30 mg/cm3 iodine solutions with two different thicknesses, and an energy resolving photon-counting system. The input energy spectrum was simulated in a range of 20 to 45 keV in order to reject electronic noise and include k-edge energy of iodine (33.2 keV). The results showed that the projection-based energy weighting improved the CNR by factors of 1.05-1.86 compared to the conventional integrating images. Consequently, the CNR of images from the digital subtraction mammography could be improved by the projection-based energy weighting with photon-counting detectors.

  16. A laser-driven undulator x-ray source: simulation of image formation and dose deposition in mammography

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    Müller, Bernhard; Schlattl, Helmut; Grüner, Florian; Hoeschen, Christoph

    2011-03-01

    Since overcoming some of the inherent limitations of x-ray tubes becomes increasingly harder, it is important to consider new ways of x-ray generation and to study their applications in the field of medical imaging. In the present work we investigate a novel table-top-sized x-ray source, developed in a joint project within the Cluster of Excellence "Munich Center for Advanced Photonics". It uses laser-accelerated electrons emitting x-ray radiation in a short period undulator. This source has the potential to deliver tunable x-rays with a very narrow spectral bandwidth. The main purpose of this contribution is to investigate the performance of this source in the field of mammography and to compare it to that of conventional x-ray tubes. We simulated the whole imaging process from the electron beam dynamics through the generation of the synchrotron radiation in the undulator up to the x-ray-matter interaction and detection in the mammographic setting. A Monte Carlo simulation of the absorption and scattering processes based on the Geant4 software toolkit has been developed that uses a high-resolution voxel phantom of the female breast for the accurate simulation of mammography. We present simulated mammograms generated by using quasi-monochromatic undulator radiation and by using the polychromatic spectrum of a conventional x-ray tube.

  17. Modeling, validation and application of a mathematical tissue-equivalent breast phantom for linear slot-scanning digital mammography

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    Hussein, K; Vaughan, CL; Douglas, TS

    2010-01-01

    This report presents a mathematical tissue-equivalent breast phantom for linear slot-scanning digital mammography. A recently developed prototype linear slot-scanning digital mammography system was used for model validation; image quality metrics such as image contrast and contrast-to-noise ratio were calculated. The results were in good agreement with values measured using a physical breast-equivalent phantom designed for mammography. The estimated pixel intensity of the mathematical phantom, the analogue-to-digital conversion gain, and the detector additive noise showed good agreement with measured values with correlation of nearly 1. An application of the model, to examine the feasibility of using a monochromatic filter for dose reduction and improvement of image quality in slot-scanning digital mammography, is presented. PMID:19229099

  18. Cost-effectiveness of screening with contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging vs X-ray mammography of women at a high familial risk of breast cancer

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    I Griebsch; J Brown; C Boggis; A Dixon; M Dixon; D Easton; R Eeles; D G Evans; F J Gilbert; J Hawnaur; P Kessar; S R Lakhani; S M Moss; A Nerurkar; A R Padhani; L J Pointon; J Potterton; D Thompson; L W Turnbull; L G Walker; R Warren; M O Leach; MO Leach

    2006-01-01

    Contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE MRI) is the most sensitive tool for screening women who are at high familial risk of breast cancer. Our aim in this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of X-ray mammography (XRM), CE MRI or both strategies combined. In total, 649 women were enrolled in the MARIBS study and screened with both CE MRI

  19. Contrast-enhanced digital mammography.

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    Jochelson, Maxine

    2014-05-01

    Mammography is the only technology documented to reduce breast cancer mortality. Its sensitivity, however, is 75% to 80% at best and reduced to 30% to 50% in women with dense breasts. MR imaging is a sensitive modality for the detection of breast cancer but cannot be used in all patients. Its sensitivity is due in large part to its ability to detect enhancement of tumor vascularity so cancers can be detected before a mass is present. Contrast-enhanced dual-energy mammography uses the same capability of vascular enhancement and has been demonstrated to be more sensitive than routine mammography. PMID:24792660

  20. Model-based estimation of breast percent density in raw and processed full-field digital mammography images from image-acquisition physics and patient-image characteristics

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    Keller, Brad M.; Nathan, Diane L.; Conant, Emily F.; Kontos, Despina

    2012-03-01

    Breast percent density (PD%), as measured mammographically, is one of the strongest known risk factors for breast cancer. While the majority of studies to date have focused on PD% assessment from digitized film mammograms, digital mammography (DM) is becoming increasingly common, and allows for direct PD% assessment at the time of imaging. This work investigates the accuracy of a generalized linear model-based (GLM) estimation of PD% from raw and postprocessed digital mammograms, utilizing image acquisition physics, patient characteristics and gray-level intensity features of the specific image. The model is trained in a leave-one-woman-out fashion on a series of 81 cases for which bilateral, mediolateral-oblique DM images were available in both raw and post-processed format. Baseline continuous and categorical density estimates were provided by a trained breast-imaging radiologist. Regression analysis is performed and Pearson's correlation, r, and Cohen's kappa, ?, are computed. The GLM PD% estimation model performed well on both processed (r=0.89, p<0.001) and raw (r=0.75, p<0.001) images. Model agreement with radiologist assigned density categories was also high for processed (?=0.79, p<0.001) and raw (?=0.76, p<0.001) images. Model-based prediction of breast PD% could allow for a reproducible estimation of breast density, providing a rapid risk assessment tool for clinical practice.

  1. Physical Principles of Mammography

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    Dance, David R.

    An outline is given of the underlying physical principles that govern the selection and use of systems for X-ray mammography. Particular attention is paid to screen-film mammography as some aspects of digital mammography are considered in another lecture. The size and composition of the compressed female breast and of calcifications are described and the magnitude of photon interaction processes in breast tissues discussed. The physical performance measures contrast, unsharpness, dose, noise and dynamic range are outlined and used in a treatment of the various components of the mammographic system. The selection of photon energy is a compromise between contrast and/or signal-to-noise ratio on the one hand, and breast dose on the other. For screen-film imaging the contrast achieved is considered to be the most important image measure and the performances of different mammographic target/filter combinations (including Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh, Rh/Rh and W/Rh) are compared on this basis. For digital imaging, the signal-tonoise ratio is the most important image measure, and the optimal X-ray spectra are then different to those for screen-film mammography. The relationship between image unsharpness and focal spot size and image magnification is explored. The importance of breast compression is stressed and the advantages of compression listed. The contrast in the image is degraded by scattered photons recorded by the image receptor and the magnitude of this effect and the reduction achievable using mammographic anti-scatter grids considered. The performance of mammographic screen-film receptors is described and analyzed, paying attention to unsharpness, noise and receptor DQE.

  2. Analysis of the imaging performance in indirect digital mammography detectors by linear systems and signal detection models

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    Liaparinos, P.; Kalyvas, N.; Kandarakis, I.; Cavouras, D.

    2013-01-01

    PurposeThe purpose of this study was to provide an analysis of imaging performance in digital mammography, using indirect detector instrumentation, by combining the Linear Cascaded Systems (LCS) theory and the Signal Detection Theory (SDT). Observer performance was assessed, by examining frequently employed detectors, consisting of phosphor-based X-ray converters (granular Gd2O2S:Tb and structural CsI:Tl), coupled with the recently introduced complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensor. By applying combinations of various irradiation conditions (filter-target and exposure levels at 28 kV) on imaging detectors, our study aimed to find the optimum system set-up for digital mammography. For this purpose, the signal to noise transfer properties of the medical imaging detectors were examined for breast carcinoma detectability. MethodsAn analytical model was applied to calculate X-ray interactions within software breast phantoms and detective media. Modeling involved: (a) three X-ray spectra used in digital mammography: 28 kV Mo/Mo (Mo: 0.030 mm), 28 kV Rh/Rh (Rh: 0.025 mm) and 28 kV W/Rh (Rh: 0.060 mm) at different entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) of 3 mGy and 5 mGy, (b) a 5 cm thick Perspex software phantom incorporating a small Ca lesion of varying size (0.1-1 cm), and (c) two 200 ?m thick phosphor-based X-ray converters (Gd2O2S:Tb, CsI:Tl), coupled to a CMOS based detector of 22.5 ?m pixel size. ResultsBest (lowest) contrast threshold (CT) values were obtained with the combination: (i) W/Rh target-filter, (ii) 5 mGy (ESAK), and (iii) CsI:Tl-CMOS detector. For lesion diameter 0.5 cm the CT was found improved, in comparison to other anode/filter combinations, approximately 42% than Rh/Rh and 55% than Mo/Mo, for small sized carcinoma (0.1 cm) and approximately 50% than Rh/Rh and 125% than Mo/Mo, for big sized carcinoma (1 cm), considering 5 mGy X-ray beam. By decreasing lesion diameter and thickness, a limiting CT (100%) was occurred for size values less than 0.2 cm. ConclusionCT was found to be affected by the selection of target/filter and exposure combination. It was found that the optimum thickness of CsI:Tl was approximately 190 ?m and for Gd2O2S:Tb 120 ?m for the studied energy and ESAK range.

  3. Evaluation of image quality

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    Pavel, M.

    1993-01-01

    This presentation outlines in viewgraph format a general approach to the evaluation of display system quality for aviation applications. This approach is based on the assumption that it is possible to develop a model of the display which captures most of the significant properties of the display. The display characteristics should include spatial and temporal resolution, intensity quantizing effects, spatial sampling, delays, etc. The model must be sufficiently well specified to permit generation of stimuli that simulate the output of the display system. The first step in the evaluation of display quality is an analysis of the tasks to be performed using the display. Thus, for example, if a display is used by a pilot during a final approach, the aesthetic aspects of the display may be less relevant than its dynamic characteristics. The opposite task requirements may apply to imaging systems used for displaying navigation charts. Thus, display quality is defined with regard to one or more tasks. Given a set of relevant tasks, there are many ways to approach display evaluation. The range of evaluation approaches includes visual inspection, rapid evaluation, part-task simulation, and full mission simulation. The work described is focused on two complementary approaches to rapid evaluation. The first approach is based on a model of the human visual system. A model of the human visual system is used to predict the performance of the selected tasks. The model-based evaluation approach permits very rapid and inexpensive evaluation of various design decisions. The second rapid evaluation approach employs specifically designed critical tests that embody many important characteristics of actual tasks. These are used in situations where a validated model is not available. These rapid evaluation tests are being implemented in a workstation environment.

  4. Screening for breast cancer with mammography

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    Sickles, E.A. (Breast Imaging Section, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (Unites States))

    1991-10-01

    Mammography is generally accepted as a useful problem-solving clinical tool in characterizing known breast lesions, so that appropriate and timely treatment can be given. However, it remains grossly underutilized at what it does best: screening. The major strengths of mammography are (a) its ability to detect breast cancer at a smaller, potentially more curable stage than any other examination, and (b) its proved efficacy in reducing breast cancer mortality in asymptomatic women aged 40-74. If, as has recently been estimated, screening with mammography and physical examination can be expected to lower breast cancer deaths by 40%-50% among those actually examined (13), then the lives of almost 20,000 U.S. women might be saved each year if screening were to become very widely used. The challenges of the next decade are clear, to mount much more effective campaigns to educate physicians and lay women about the life-saving benefits of breast cancer screening, to devise increasingly effective and lower cost screening strategies, to further improve the current high quality of mammographic imaging despite its increasing proliferation, and to train large numbers of breast imaging specialists to guarantee that the growing case load of screening and problem-solving mammograms is interpreted with a very high level of skill.

  5. Image quality with array spectrometers

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    Suzanne K. Ramsay Howat; Gillian S. Wright; David Montgomery; Eli I. Atad-Ettedgui

    1994-01-01

    We present data on the image quality achieved with the near IR array spectrometer cooled grating spectrometer 4 (CGS4) on the UK IR telescope (UKIRT) on Mauna Kea. A design spot size of 30 micrometers was specified for CGS4, to maintain acceptable image quality with both the 58 by 62 pixel array with which it is currently equipped and the

  6. Retinal Image Quality During Accommodation

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    López-Gil, N.; Martin, J.; Liu, T.; Bradley, A.; Díaz-Muñoz, D.; Thibos, L.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose We asked if retinal image quality is maximum during accommodation, or sub-optimal due to accommodative error, when subjects perform an acuity task. Methods Subjects viewed a monochromatic (552nm), high-contrast letter target placed at various viewing distances. Wavefront aberrations of the accommodating eye were measured near the endpoint of an acuity staircase paradigm. Refractive state, defined as the optimum target vergence for maximising retinal image quality, was computed by through-focus wavefront analysis to find the power of the virtual correcting lens that maximizes visual Strehl ratio. Results Despite changes in ocular aberrations and pupil size during binocular viewing, retinal image quality and visual acuity typically remain high for all target vergences. When accommodative errors lead to sub-optimal retinal image quality, acuity and measured image quality both decline. However, the effect of accommodation errors of on visual acuity are mitigated by pupillary constriction associated with accommodation and binocular convergence and also to binocular summation of dissimilar retinal image blur. Under monocular viewing conditions some subjects displayed significant accommodative lag that reduced visual performance, an effect that was exacerbated by pharmacological dilation of the pupil. Conclusions Spurious measurement of accommodative error can be avoided when the image quality metric used to determine refractive state is compatible with the focusing criteria used by the visual system to control accommodation. Real focusing errors of the accommodating eye do not necessarily produce a reliably measurable loss of image quality or clinically significant loss of visual performance, probably because of increased depth-of-focus due to pupil constriction. When retinal image quality is close to maximum achievable (given the eye’s higher-order aberrations), acuity is also near maximum. A combination of accommodative lag, reduced image quality, and reduced visual function may be a useful sign for diagnosing functionally-significant accommodative errors indicating the need for therapeutic intervention. PMID:23786386

  7. Boosting classification performance in computer aided diagnosis of breast masses in raw full-field digital mammography using processed and screen film images

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    Kooi, Thijs; Karssemeijer, Nico

    2014-03-01

    The introduction of Full-Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) in breast screening has brought with it several advantages in terms and processing facilities and image quality and Computer Aided Detection (CAD) systems are now sprouting that make use of this modality. A major drawback however, is that FFDM data is still relatively scarce and therefore, CAD system's performance are inhibited by a lack of training examples. In this paper, we explore the incorporation of more ubiquitous Screen Film Mammograms (SFM) and FFDM processed by the manufacturer, in training a system for the detection of tumour masses. We compute a small set of additional quantitative features in the raw data, that make explicit use of the log-linearity of the energy imparted on the detector in raw FFDM. We explore four di erent fusion methods: a weighted average, a majority vote, a convex combination of classi er outputs, based on the training error and an additional classi er, that combines the output of the three individual label estimates. Results are evaluated based on the Partial Area Under the Curve (PAUC) around a clinically relevant operating point. All fusion methods perform signi cantly better than any of the individual classi ers but we nd no signi cant di erence between the fusion techniques.

  8. Image Enhancement, Image Quality, and Noise

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    Rahman, Zia-ur; Jobson, Daniel J.; Woodell, Glenn A.; Hines, Glenn D.

    2005-01-01

    The Multiscale Retinex With Color Restoration (MSRCR) is a non-linear image enhancement algorithm that provides simultaneous dynamic range compression, color constancy and rendition. The overall impact is to brighten up areas of poor contrast/lightness but not at the expense of saturating areas of good contrast/brightness. The downside is that with the poor signal-to-noise ratio that most image acquisition devices have in dark regions, noise can also be greatly enhanced thus affecting overall image quality. In this paper, we will discuss the impact of the MSRCR on the overall quality of an enhanced image as a function of the strength of shadows in an image, and as a function of the root-mean-square (RMS) signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio of the image.

  9. Quality assessment for hyperspectral imaging

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    Chen, Yuheng; Chen, Xinhua; Zhou, Jiankang; Shen, Weimin

    2014-11-01

    Image quality assessment is an essential value judgement approach for many applications. Multi & hyper spectral imaging has more judging essentials than grey scale or RGB imaging and its image quality assessment job has to cover up all-around evaluating factors. This paper presents an integrating spectral imaging quality assessment project, in which spectral-based, radiometric-based and spatial-based statistical behavior for three hyperspectral imagers are jointly executed. Spectral response function is worked out based on discrete illumination images and its spectral performance is deduced according to its FWHM and spectral excursion value. Radiometric response ability of different spectral channel under both on-ground and airborne imaging condition is judged by SNR computing based upon local RMS extraction and statistics method. Spatial response evaluation of the spectral imaging instrument is worked out by MTF computing with slanted edge analysis method. Reported pioneering systemic work in hyperspectral imaging quality assessment is carried out with the help of several domestic dominating work units, which not only has significance in the development of on-ground and in-orbit instrument performance evaluation technique but also takes on reference value for index demonstration and design optimization for instrument development.

  10. Combined Optical Imaging and Mammography of the Healthy Breast: Optical Contrast Derived From Breast Structure and Compression

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    Fang, Qianqian; Carp, Stefan A.; Selb, Juliette; Boverman, Greg; Zhang, Quan; Kopans, Daniel B.; Moore, Richard H.; Miller, Eric L.; Brooks, Dana H.; Boas, David A.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we report new progress in developing the instrument and software platform of a combined X-ray mammography/diffuse optical breast imaging system. Particularly, we focus on system validation using a series of balloon phantom experiments and the optical image analysis of 49 healthy patients. Using the finite-element method for forward modeling and a regularized Gauss-Newton method for parameter reconstruction, we recovered the inclusions inside the phantom and the hemoglobin images of the human breasts. An enhanced coupling coefficient estimation scheme was also incorporated to improve the accuracy and robustness of the reconstructions. The recovered average total hemoglobin concentration (HbT) and oxygen saturation (SO2) from 68 breast measurements are 16.2 ?m and 71%, respectively, where the HbT presents a linear trend with breast density. The low HbT value compared to literature is likely due to the associated mammographic compression. From the spatially co-registered optical/X-ray images, we can identify the chest-wall muscle, fatty tissue, and fibroglandular regions with an average HbT of 20.1±6.1 ?m for fibroglandular tissue, 15.4±5.0 ?m for adipose, and 22.2±7.3 ?m for muscle tissue. The differences between fibroglandular tissue and the corresponding adipose tissue are significant (p < 0.0001). At the same time, we recognize that the optical images are influenced, to a certain extent, by mammographical compression. The optical images from a subset of patients show composite features from both tissue structure and pressure distribution. We present mechanical simulations which further confirm this hypothesis. PMID:19116186

  11. Automatic Image Quality Control System

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    Ryu, Jee-Youl; Kim, Sung-Woo; Kim, Seung-Un; Ha, Deock-Ho

    A new automatic image quality control system for TFT-LCD (Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display) applications is proposed. Image quality factors such as gamma adjustment, flicker, brightness, and contrast are enhanced by proposed algorithm and system. Developed system utilizes programmable 6-point matching algorithm with reference gamma curve and automatic power setting algorithm. Proposed system showed significantly reduced gamma adjusting time, reduced flicker, high contrast and much less average gamma error than conventional manual method.

  12. Global quality imaging: emerging issues.

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    Lau, Lawrence S; Pérez, Maria R; Applegate, Kimberly E; Rehani, Madan M; Ringertz, Hans G; George, Robert

    2011-07-01

    Quality imaging may be described as "a timely access to and delivery of integrated and appropriate procedures, in a safe and responsive practice, and a prompt delivery of an accurately interpreted report by capable personnel in an efficient, effective, and sustainable manner." For this article, radiation safety is considered as one of the key quality elements. The stakeholders are the drivers of quality imaging. These include those that directly provide or use imaging procedures and others indirectly supporting the system. Imaging is indispensable in health care, and its use has greatly expanded worldwide. Globalization, consumer sophistication, communication and technological advances, corporatization, rationalization, service outsourcing, teleradiology, workflow modularization, and commoditization are reshaping practice. This article defines the emerging issues; an earlier article in the May 2011 issue described possible improvement actions. The issues that could threaten the quality use of imaging for all countries include workforce shortage; increased utilization, population radiation exposure, and cost; practice changes; and efficiency drive and budget constraints. In response to these issues, a range of quality improvement measures, strategies, and actions are used to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks. The 3 measures are procedure justification, optimization of image quality and radiation protection, and error prevention. The development and successful implementation of such improvement actions require leadership, collaboration, and the active participation of all stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes that we all advocate. PMID:21723489

  13. Image quality and entropy masking

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    Andrew B. Watson; Robert Borthwick; Mathias Taylor

    Image quality models usually include a mechanism whereby artifacts are masked by the image acting as a background. Scientific study of visual masking has followed two traditions: contrast masking and noise masking, depending primarily on whether the mask is deterministic or random. In the former tradition, masking is explained by a decrease in the effective gain of the early visual

  14. Image quality and entropy masking

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    Andrew B. Watson; Robert Borthwick; Mathias Taylor

    1997-01-01

    Image quality models usually include a mechanism whereby artifacts are masked by the image acting as a background. Scientific study of visual masking has followed two traditions: contrast masking and noise masking, depending primarily on whether the mask is deterministic or random. In the former tradition, masking is explained by a decrease in the effective gain of the early visual

  15. Image quality and dose assessment in digital breast tomosynthesis: A Monte Carlo study

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    Baptista, M.; Di Maria, S.; Oliveira, N.; Matela, N.; Janeiro, L.; Almeida, P.; Vaz, P.

    2014-11-01

    Mammography is considered a standard technique for the early detection of breast cancer. However, its sensitivity is limited essentially due to the issue of the overlapping breast tissue. This limitation can be partially overcome, with a relatively new technique, called digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). For this technique, optimization of acquisition parameters which maximize image quality, whilst complying with the ALARA principle, continues to be an area of considerable research. The aim of this work was to study the best quantum energies that optimize the image quality with the lowest achievable dose in DBT and compare these results with the digital mammography (DM) ones. Monte Carlo simulations were performed using the state-of-the-art computer program MCNPX 2.7.0 in order to generate several 2D cranio-caudal (CC) projections obtained during an acquisition of a standard DBT examination. Moreover, glandular absorbed doses and photon flux calculations, for each projection image, were performed. A homogeneous breast computational phantom with 50%/50% glandular/adipose tissue composition was used and two compressed breast thicknesses were evaluated: 4 cm and 8 cm. The simulated projection images were afterwards reconstructed with an algebraic reconstruction tool and the signal difference to noise ratio (SDNR) was calculated in order to evaluate the image quality in DBT and DM. Finally, a thorough comparison between the results obtained in terms of SDNR and dose assessment in DBT and DM was performed.

  16. Effects of exposure equalization on image signal-to-noise ratios in digital mammography: A simulation study with an anthropomorphic breast phantom

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    Liu, Xinming; Lai, Chao-Jen; Whitman, Gary J.; Geiser, William R.; Shen, Youtao; Yi, Ying; Shaw, Chris C.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The scan equalization digital mammography (SEDM) technique combines slot scanning and exposure equalization to improve low-contrast performance of digital mammography in dense tissue areas. In this study, full-field digital mammography (FFDM) images of an anthropomorphic breast phantom acquired with an anti-scatter grid at various exposure levels were superimposed to simulate SEDM images and investigate the improvement of low-contrast performance as quantified by primary signal-to-noise ratios (PSNRs). Methods: We imaged an anthropomorphic breast phantom (Gammex 169 “Rachel,” Gammex RMI, Middleton, WI) at various exposure levels using a FFDM system (Senographe 2000D, GE Medical Systems, Milwaukee, WI). The exposure equalization factors were computed based on a standard FFDM image acquired in the automatic exposure control (AEC) mode. The equalized image was simulated and constructed by superimposing a selected set of FFDM images acquired at 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 times of exposure levels to the standard AEC timed technique (125 mAs) using the equalization factors computed for each region. Finally, the equalized image was renormalized regionally with the exposure equalization factors to result in an appearance similar to that with standard digital mammography. Two sets of FFDM images were acquired to allow for two identically, but independently, formed equalized images to be subtracted from each other to estimate the noise levels. Similarly, two identically but independently acquired standard FFDM images were subtracted to estimate the noise levels. Corrections were applied to remove the excess system noise accumulated during image superimposition in forming the equalized image. PSNRs over the compressed area of breast phantom were computed and used to quantitatively study the effects of exposure equalization on low-contrast performance in digital mammography. Results: We found that the highest achievable PSNR improvement factor was 1.89 for the anthropomorphic breast phantom used in this study. The overall PSNRs were measured to be 79.6 for the FFDM imaging and 107.6 for the simulated SEDM imaging on average in the compressed area of breast phantom, resulting in an average improvement of PSNR by ?35% with exposure equalization. We also found that the PSNRs appeared to be largely uniform with exposure equalization, and the standard deviations of PSNRs were estimated to be 10.3 and 7.9 for the FFDM imaging and the simulated SEDM imaging, respectively. The average glandular dose for SEDM was estimated to be 212.5 mrad, ?34% lower than that of standard AEC-timed FFDM (323.8 mrad) as a result of exposure equalization for the entire breast phantom. Conclusions: Exposure equalization was found to substantially improve image PSNRs in dense tissue regions and result in more uniform image PSNRs. This improvement may lead to better low-contrast performance in detecting and visualizing soft tissue masses and micro-calcifications in dense tissue areas for breast imaging tasks. PMID:22149832

  17. Elasto-Mammography: Elastic Property Reconstruction in Breast Tissues

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    Wang, Z. G.; Liu, Y.; Wang, G. [Department of Radiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 (United States); Sun, L. Z. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States)

    2008-02-15

    Mammography is the primary method for screening and detecting breast cancers. However, it frequently fails to detect small tumors and is not quite specific in terms of tumor benignity and malignancy. The objective of this paper is to develop a new imaging modality called elasto-mammography that generates the modulus elastograms based on conventional mammographs. A new elastic reconstruction method is described based on elastography and mammography for breast tissues. Elastic distribution can be reconstructed through the measurement of displacement provided by mammographic projection. It is shown that the proposed elasto-mammography provides higher sensitivity and specificity than the conventional mammography on its own for breast cancer diagnosis.

  18. Elasto-Mammography: Elastic Property Reconstruction in Breast Tissues

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    Wang, Z. G.; Liu, Y.; Wang, G.; Sun, L. Z.

    2008-02-01

    Mammography is the primary method for screening and detecting breast cancers. However, it frequently fails to detect small tumors and is not quite specific in terms of tumor benignity and malignancy. The objective of this paper is to develop a new imaging modality called elasto-mammography that generates the modulus elastograms based on conventional mammographs. A new elastic reconstruction method is described based on elastography and mammography for breast tissues. Elastic distribution can be reconstructed through the measurement of displacement provided by mammographic projection. It is shown that the proposed elasto-mammography provides higher sensitivity and specificity than the conventional mammography on its own for breast cancer diagnosis.

  19. Quality of compressed medical images.

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    Shiao, Ya-Hui; Chen, Tzong-Jer; Chuang, Keh-Shih; Lin, Cheng-Hsun; Chuang, Chun-Chao

    2007-06-01

    Previous studies have shown that Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) 2000 compression is better than JPEG at higher compression ratio levels. However, some findings revealed that this is not valid at lower levels. In this study, the qualities of compressed medical images in these ratio areas ( approximately 20), including computed radiography, computed tomography head and body, mammographic, and magnetic resonance T1 and T2 images, were estimated using both a pixel-based (peak signal to noise ratio) and two 8 x 8 window-based [Q index and Moran peak ratio (MPR)] metrics. To diminish the effects of blocking artifacts from JPEG, jump windows were used in both window-based metrics. Comparing the image quality indices between jump and sliding windows, the results showed that blocking artifacts were produced from JPEG compression, even at low compression ratios. However, even after the blocking artifacts were omitted in JPEG compressed images, JPEG2000 outperformed JPEG at low compression levels. We found in this study that the image contrast and the average gray level play important roles in image compression and quality evaluation. There were drawbacks in all metrics that we used. In the future, the image gray level and contrast effect should be considered in developing new objective metrics. PMID:17318703

  20. Improving Mammography Performance in Practice

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    Mammography is not a perfect test, partly because of the complex architecture of the breast tissue being imaged and partly because the technology is imperfect. Moreover, abnormalities are a rare event, with about 4 to 6 occurring in every 1,000 mammograms. Accurately reading and interpreting screening mammograms is therefore an important challenge for radiologists.

  1. Fovea based image quality assessment

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    Guo, Anan; Zhao, Debin; Liu, Shaohui; Cao, Guangyao

    2010-07-01

    Humans are the ultimate receivers of the visual information contained in an image, so the reasonable method of image quality assessment (IQA) should follow the properties of the human visual system (HVS). In recent years, IQA methods based on HVS-models are slowly replacing classical schemes, such as mean squared error (MSE) and Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR). IQA-structural similarity (SSIM) regarded as one of the most popular HVS-based methods of full reference IQA has apparent improvements in performance compared with traditional metrics in nature, however, it performs not very well when the images' structure is destroyed seriously or masked by noise. In this paper, a new efficient fovea based structure similarity image quality assessment (FSSIM) is proposed. It enlarges the distortions in the concerned positions adaptively and changes the importances of the three components in SSIM. FSSIM predicts the quality of an image through three steps. First, it computes the luminance, contrast and structure comparison terms; second, it computes the saliency map by extracting the fovea information from the reference image with the features of HVS; third, it pools the above three terms according to the processed saliency map. Finally, a commonly experimental database LIVE IQA is used for evaluating the performance of the FSSIM. Experimental results indicate that the consistency and relevance between FSSIM and mean opinion score (MOS) are both better than SSIM and PSNR clearly.

  2. Landsat image data quality studies

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    Schueler, C. F.; Salomonson, V. V.

    1985-01-01

    Preliminary results of the Landsat-4 Image Data Quality Analysis (LIDQA) program to characterize the data obtained using the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument on board the Landsat-4 and Landsat-5 satellites are reported. TM design specifications were compared to the obtained data with respect to four criteria, including spatial resolution; geometric fidelity; information content; and image relativity to Multispectral Scanner (MSS) data. The overall performance of the TM was rated excellent despite minor instabilities and radiometric anomalies in the data. Spatial performance of the TM exceeded design specifications in terms of both image sharpness and geometric accuracy, and the image utility of the TM data was at least twice as high as MSS data. The separability of alfalfa and sugar beet fields in a TM image is demonstrated.

  3. Estimation of breast percent density in raw and processed full field digital mammography images via adaptive fuzzy c-means clustering and support vector machine segmentation

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    Keller, Brad M.; Nathan, Diane L.; Wang Yan; Zheng Yuanjie; Gee, James C.; Conant, Emily F.; Kontos, Despina [Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States); Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States); Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States)

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: The amount of fibroglandular tissue content in the breast as estimated mammographically, commonly referred to as breast percent density (PD%), is one of the most significant risk factors for developing breast cancer. Approaches to quantify breast density commonly focus on either semiautomated methods or visual assessment, both of which are highly subjective. Furthermore, most studies published to date investigating computer-aided assessment of breast PD% have been performed using digitized screen-film mammograms, while digital mammography is increasingly replacing screen-film mammography in breast cancer screening protocols. Digital mammography imaging generates two types of images for analysis, raw (i.e., 'FOR PROCESSING') and vendor postprocessed (i.e., 'FOR PRESENTATION'), of which postprocessed images are commonly used in clinical practice. Development of an algorithm which effectively estimates breast PD% in both raw and postprocessed digital mammography images would be beneficial in terms of direct clinical application and retrospective analysis. Methods: This work proposes a new algorithm for fully automated quantification of breast PD% based on adaptive multiclass fuzzy c-means (FCM) clustering and support vector machine (SVM) classification, optimized for the imaging characteristics of both raw and processed digital mammography images as well as for individual patient and image characteristics. Our algorithm first delineates the breast region within the mammogram via an automated thresholding scheme to identify background air followed by a straight line Hough transform to extract the pectoral muscle region. The algorithm then applies adaptive FCM clustering based on an optimal number of clusters derived from image properties of the specific mammogram to subdivide the breast into regions of similar gray-level intensity. Finally, a SVM classifier is trained to identify which clusters within the breast tissue are likely fibroglandular, which are then aggregated into a final dense tissue segmentation that is used to compute breast PD%. Our method is validated on a group of 81 women for whom bilateral, mediolateral oblique, raw and processed screening digital mammograms were available, and agreement is assessed with both continuous and categorical density estimates made by a trained breast-imaging radiologist. Results: Strong association between algorithm-estimated and radiologist-provided breast PD% was detected for both raw (r= 0.82, p < 0.001) and processed (r= 0.85, p < 0.001) digital mammograms on a per-breast basis. Stronger agreement was found when overall breast density was assessed on a per-woman basis for both raw (r= 0.85, p < 0.001) and processed (0.89, p < 0.001) mammograms. Strong agreement between categorical density estimates was also seen (weighted Cohen's {kappa}{>=} 0.79). Repeated measures analysis of variance demonstrated no statistically significant differences between the PD% estimates (p > 0.1) due to either presentation of the image (raw vs processed) or method of PD% assessment (radiologist vs algorithm). Conclusions: The proposed fully automated algorithm was successful in estimating breast percent density from both raw and processed digital mammographic images. Accurate assessment of a woman's breast density is critical in order for the estimate to be incorporated into risk assessment models. These results show promise for the clinical application of the algorithm in quantifying breast density in a repeatable manner, both at time of imaging as well as in retrospective studies.

  4. Imaging characteristics of x-ray capillary optics in digital mammography.

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    Kruger, D G; Abreu, C C; Hendee, E G; Kocharian, A; Peppler, W W; Mistretta, C A; MacDonald, C A

    1996-02-01

    Computed radiography (CR) has shown promise in digital mammographic screening due to its good low spatial frequency MTF and its relatively wide exposure latitude. The CR image format has not gained acceptance clinically because of reduced high spatial frequency resolution as compared to film-screen images. X-ray capillary optics, aligned between the breast and CR phosphor imaging plate, will capture primary x-ray photons almost exclusively. Due to the very small angle of acceptance, scattered photons angled more than about 1.6 x 10(-3) radians from primary trajectory will not be accepted at the capillary optic entrance. The virtual elimination of detected scatter means almost 100% of the possible primary contrast should be visible in the image. In addition, the image can be magnified without focal spot blurring. Effective resolution of CR images can be increased by a factor equal to that magnification. Clinical implementation of future capillary optics are expected to be either in the form of a large, stationary, post-patient optic that accepts primary from the entire breast or a fan-shaped optic that is scanned across the breast. Measurements of a test capillary optic showed a reduction of scatter fraction to 0.018. Images of a lucite contrast detail phantom revealed a corresponding increase in image contrast when compared to anti-scatter grid and no grid methods. Spectral transmission measurements using a high-purity germanium detector showed good primary transmission (45%-50%) in the mammographic energy range. The MTF measurements of both stationary and scanned capillary optics showed improvement at the 5% MTF level to 8.4 mm-1 for scanned optics and 9.2 mm-1 for stationary optics representing a 68% and 84% respective increase over the CR MTF without magnification or capillary optics. PMID:8668099

  5. Near-infrared spectral imaging of the female breast for quantitative oximetry in optical mammography

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    Yu Yang; Liu Ning; Sassaroli, Angelo; Fantini, Sergio

    2009-04-01

    We present a hybrid continuous-wave, frequency-domain instrument for near-infrared spectral imaging of the female breast based on a tandem, planar scanning of one illumination optical fiber and one collection optical fiber configured in a transmission geometry. The spatial sampling rate of 25 points/cm{sup 2} is increased to 400 points/cm{sup 2} by postprocessing the data with a 2D cubic spline interpolation. We then apply a previously developed spatial second-derivative algorithm to an edge-corrected intensity image (N-image) to enhance the visibility and resolution of optical inhomogeneities in breast tissue such as blood vessels and tumors. The spectral data at each image pixel consist of 515-point spectra over the 650-900 nm wavelength range, thus featuring a spectral density of two data points per nanometer. We process the measured spectra with a paired-wavelength spectral analysis method to quantify the oxygen saturation of detected optical inhomogeneities, under the assumption that they feature a locally higher hemoglobin concentration. Our initial measurements on two healthy human subjects have generated high-resolution optical mammograms displaying a network of blood vessels with values of hemoglobin saturation typically falling within the 60%-95% range, which is physiologically reasonable. This approach to spectral imaging and oximetry of the breast has the potential to efficiently exploit the high intrinsic contrast provided by hemoglobin in breast tissue and to contribute a useful tool in the detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of breast pathologies.

  6. Near-infrared optical mammography with broadband spectral imaging for spatially resolved oximetry

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    Yu, Yang; Sassaroli, Angelo; Homer, Marc J.; Graham, Roger A.; Fantini, Sergio

    2011-02-01

    We report the development of an instrument for diffuse spectral imaging of the human breast operating over the wavelength range 650-900 nm. This instrument images the slightly compressed human breast in a planar geometry by performing a tandem scan, over the x-y plane, of a 3 mm illumination optical fiber and a 5 mm collection optical fiber that are collinear and located on opposite sides of the breast. An edge-correction algorithm accounts for breast thickness variability over the x-y plane, a second-derivative imaging algorithm enhances the display of optical inhomogeneities, and a paired-wavelength spectral method yields oxygenation maps. We report our results of oxygenation mapping in eighteen human subjects, two of which are breast cancer patients, one with a ductal carcinoma in situ, the other with an invasive ductal carcinoma.

  7. An Interactive Method Based on the Live Wire for Segmentation of the Breast in Mammography Images

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    Zewei, Zhang; Tianyue, Wang; Li, Guo; Tingting, Wang; Lu, Xu

    2014-01-01

    In order to improve accuracy of computer-aided diagnosis of breast lumps, the authors introduce an improved interactive segmentation method based on Live Wire. This paper presents the Gabor filters and FCM clustering algorithm is introduced to the Live Wire cost function definition. According to the image FCM analysis for image edge enhancement, we eliminate the interference of weak edge and access external features clear segmentation results of breast lumps through improving Live Wire on two cases of breast segmentation data. Compared with the traditional method of image segmentation, experimental results show that the method achieves more accurate segmentation of breast lumps and provides more accurate objective basis on quantitative and qualitative analysis of breast lumps. PMID:25024740

  8. Dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography.

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    Travieso Aja, M M; Rodríguez Rodríguez, M; Alayón Hernández, S; Vega Benítez, V; Luzardo, O P

    2014-01-01

    The degree of vascularization in breast lesions is related to their malignancy. For this reason, functional diagnostic imaging techniques have become important in recent years. Dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography is a new, apparently promising technique in breast cancer that provides information about the degree of vascularization of the lesion in addition to the morphological information provided by conventional mammography. This article describes the state of the art for dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography. Based on 15 months' clinical experience, we illustrate this review with clinical cases that allow us to discuss the advantages and limitations of this technique. PMID:25086679

  9. Toward clinical differential phase contrast mammography: preliminary evaluations and image processing schemes

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    Stampanoni, M.; Wang, Z.; Thüring, T.; David, C.; Rössl, E.; van Stevendaal, U.; Köhler, T.; Trippel, M.; Singer, G.; Kubik-Huch, R. A.; Hohl, M. K.; Hauser, N.

    2013-05-01

    Phase contrast and scattering-based X-ray imaging are very promising tools for medical diagnostics because they are able to provide additional and complementary information to traditional absorption-based methods. In this work, we discuss the investigation of three native breast samples with a grating interferometer equipped with a conventional X-ray tube, the full study being published in ref. [1]. We briefly introduce a method to fuse absorption, differential phase and scattering signals into a unique image with improved diagnostic contents. Our approach yields complementary and inaccessible information on the electron density distribution and the small-angle scattering power of the sample which could potentially answer clinically relevant, yet unresolved questions such as the capability to unequivocally discern between (pre-) malignant changes and post-operative scars or to distinguish cancer-invaded regions within healthy tissue.

  10. Enhanced computer simulation of CT mammography using a flat-panel imager

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    Didier, Clay S.; O'Connor, J. Michael; Chen, Yu; Glick, Stephen J.

    2009-02-01

    A number of groups are currently investigating tomographic imaging of the breast, but the optimal design and acquisition parameters for such systems remains uncertain. One useful tool for investigating optimal parameters is computer simulation software. A computer program that simulates xray transport through a breast object model followed by signal and noise propagation through a CsI flatpanel detector has been modified, restructured and enhanced in order to provide a fast yet sufficiently accurate research tool. The main focus of this work was to validate the simulated response of a CsI flatpanel detector with a real detector namely, the Paxscan 2520 (Varian Medical Systems, Salt Lake City, UT). Preliminary results indicate that the program provides comparable quantitative accuracy, that can be used to obtain accurate and meaningful results to assist in research in tomosynthesis and CT breast imaging system design.

  11. The Research of Image Quality Assessment Methods

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    Cui, Xiaonan; Shi, Zhiyuan; Lin, Jianan; Huang, Lianfen

    In digital transmission, images may undergo quality degradation due to lossy compression and error-prone channels. Efficient measurement tools are needed to quantify induced distortions and to predict their impact on perceived quality. In this paper, an artifcial neural network (ANN) is proposed for perceptual image quality assessment. The quality prediction is based on image features such as EPSNR, blocking, and blur. Training and testing of the ANN are performed with the mean opinion scores (MOS) provided by the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE). It is shown that the proposed image quality assessment model is capable of predicting MOS of the five types' image distortions.

  12. Perceived image quality assessment for color images on mobile displays

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    Jang, Hyesung; Kim, Choon-Woo

    2015-01-01

    With increase in size and resolution of mobile displays and advances in embedded processors for image enhancement, perceived quality of images on mobile displays has been drastically improved. This paper presents a quantitative method to evaluate perceived image quality of color images on mobile displays. Three image quality attributes, colorfulness, contrast and brightness, are chosen to represent perceived image quality. Image quality assessment models are constructed based on results of human visual experiments. In this paper, three phase human visual experiments are designed to achieve credible outcomes while reducing time and resources needed for visual experiments. Values of parameters of image quality assessment models are estimated based on results from human visual experiments. Performances of different image quality assessment models are compared.

  13. Automatic multimodal 2D/3D image fusion of ultrasound computer tomography and x-ray mammography for breast cancer diagnosis

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    Hopp, Torsten; Duric, Neb; Ruiter, Nicole V.

    2012-03-01

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. The established screening method to detect breast cancer in an early state is X-ray mammography. However, X-ray frequently provides limited contrast of tumors located within glandular tissue. A new imaging approach is Ultrasound Computer Tomography generating threedimensional volumes of the breast. Three different images are available: reflectivity, attenuation and speed of sound. The correlation of USCT volumes with X-ray mammograms is of interest for evaluation of the new imaging modality as well as for a multimodal diagnosis. Yet, both modalities differ in image dimensionality, patient positioning and deformation state of the breast. In earlier work we proposed a methodology based on Finite Element Method to register speed of sound images with the according mammogram. In this work, we enhanced the methodology to register all three image types provided by USCT. Furthermore, the methodology is now completely automated using image similarity measures to estimate rotations in datasets. A fusion methodology is proposed which combines the information of the three USCT image types with the X-ray mammogram via semitransparent overlay images. The evaluation was done using 13 datasets from a clinical study. The registration accuracy was measured by the displacement of the center of a lesion marked in both modalities. Using the automated rotation estimation, a mean displacement of 10.4 mm was achieved. Due to the clinically relevant registration accuracy, the methodology provides a basis for evaluation of the new imaging device USCT as well as for multimodal diagnosis.

  14. Image quality assessment in the low quality regime

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    Pinto, Guilherme O.; Hemami, Sheila S.

    2012-03-01

    Traditionally, image quality estimators have been designed and optimized to operate over the entire quality range of images in a database, from very low quality to visually lossless. However, if quality estimation is limited to a smaller quality range, their performances drop dramatically, and many image applications only operate over such a smaller range. This paper is concerned with one such range, the low-quality regime, which is defined as the interval of perceived quality scores where there exists a linear relationship between the perceived quality scores and the perceived utility scores and exists at the low-quality end of image databases. Using this definition, this paper describes a subjective experiment to determine the low-quality regime for databases of distorted images that include perceived quality scores but not perceived utility scores, such as CSIQ and LIVE. The performances of several image utility and quality estimators are evaluated in the low-quality regime, indicating that utility estimators can be successfully applied to estimate perceived quality in this regime. Omission of the lowestfrequency image content is shown to be crucial to the performances of both kinds of estimators. Additionally, this paper establishes an upper-bound for the performances of quality estimators in the LQR, using a family of quality estimators based on VIF. The resulting optimal quality estimator indicates that estimating quality in the low-quality regime is robust to exact frequency pooling weights, and that near-optimal performance can be achieved by a variety of estimators providing that they substantially emphasize the appropriate frequency content.

  15. Study on computer-aided diagnosis of hepatic MR imaging and mammography

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    Zhang Xuejun [Electronics and Information Systems Engineering Division, Graduate School of Engineering, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan)

    2005-04-01

    It is well known that the liver is an organ easily attacked by diseases. The purpose of this study is to develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme for helping radiologists to differentiate hepatic diseases more efficiently. Our software named LIVERANN integrated the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings with different pulse sequences to classify the five categories of hepatic diseases by using the artificial neural network (ANN) method. The intensity and homogeneity within the region of interest (ROI) delineated by a radiologist were automatically calculated to obtain numerical data by the program for input signals to the ANN. Outputs were the five pathological categories of hepatic diseases (hepatic cyst, hepatocellular carcinoma, dysplasia in cirrhosis, cavernous hemangioma, and metastasis). The experiment demonstrated a testing accuracy of 93% from 80 patients. In order to differentiate the cirrhosis from normal liver, the volume ratio of left to whole (LTW) was proposed to quantify the degree of cirrhosis by three-dimensional (3D) volume analysis. The liver region was firstly extracted from computed tomography (CT) or MR slices based on edge detection algorithms, and then separated into left lobe and right lobe by the hepatic umbilical fissure. The volume ratio of these two parts showed that the LTW ratio in the liver was significantly improved in the differentiation performance, with (25.6%{+-}4.3%) in cirrhosis versus the normal liver (16.4%{+-}5.4%). In addition, the application of the ANN method for detecting clustered microcalcifications in masses on mammograms was described here as well. A new structural ANN, so-called a shift-invariant artificial neural network (SIANN), was integrated with our triple-ring filter (TRF) method in our CAD system. As the result, the sensitivity of detecting clusters was improved from 90% by our previous TRF method to 95% by using both SIANN and TRF.

  16. Adaptive fingerprint image enhancement with fingerprint image quality analysis

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    Cho, Sung-Bae

    Adaptive fingerprint image enhancement with fingerprint image quality analysis Eun-Kyung Yun, Sung 20 September 2005; accepted 24 September 2005 Abstract Accurate minutiae extraction from fingerprint images is heavily dependent on the quality of the fingerprint images. In order to improve the performance

  17. Scanned-slot digital mammography

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    Maidment, Andrew D. A.; Yaffe, Martin J.

    1990-07-01

    A scanned-slot digital radiography system is being developed for use in mammography. The system consists of a novel fiber-optic "reformatter" which couples a strip of phosphor material to a light amplifier and a specially designed CCD camera. The reformatter provides an excellent means of converting a slot-shaped image to a format more suitable for digitization. A mammogram is produced by scanning the system in steps across the breast from the chest wall to the nipple. The pixels are of dimension 56 ?m by 49 ?m at the detector input. Images are currently acquired using a 40 kV tungsten anode spectrum with a measured half-value layer of 0.82 mm Al. The limiting resolution [MTF(f)=O.05] in the scanning direction is 9.2 cycles/mm. The quantum interaction efficiency of the phosphor is 64%, and the low-frequency detective quantum efficiency (DQE) was measured to be 0.60 +/- 0.07. The high-frequency DQE is superior to that of mammographic film-screen systems because of the ability to remove fixed pattern noise from images. Phantom images produced with the scanned-slot system, and with a state-of-the-art film screen mammography system were compared. The scanned-slot system demonstrated better contrast sensitivity using a lower mean glandular dose than the film-screen mammography system.

  18. Comparative performance of modern digital mammography systems in a large breast screening program

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    Yaffe, Martin J., E-mail: martin.yaffe@sri.utoronto.ca; Bloomquist, Aili K.; Hunter, David M.; Mawdsley, Gordon E. [Physical Sciences Division, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)] [Physical Sciences Division, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Chiarelli, Anna M. [Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada and Ontario Breast Screening Program, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3 (Canada)] [Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada and Ontario Breast Screening Program, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3 (Canada); Muradali, Derek [Ontario Breast Screening Program, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3 (Canada)] [Ontario Breast Screening Program, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X3 (Canada); Mainprize, James G. [Physical Sciences Division, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)] [Physical Sciences Division, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: To compare physical measures pertaining to image quality among digital mammography systems utilized in a large breast screening program. To examine qualitatively differences in these measures and differences in clinical cancer detection rates between CR and DR among sites within that program. Methods: As part of the routine quality assurance program for screening, field measurements are made of several variables considered to correlate with the diagnostic quality of medical images including: modulation transfer function, noise equivalent quanta, d? (an index of lesion detectability) and air kerma to allow estimation of mean glandular dose. In addition, images of the mammography accreditation phantom are evaluated. Results: It was found that overall there were marked differences between the performance measures of DR and CR mammography systems. In particular, the modulation transfer functions obtained with the DR systems were found to be higher, even for larger detector element sizes. Similarly, the noise equivalent quanta, d?, and the phantom scores were higher, while the failure rates associated with low signal-to-noise ratio and high dose were lower with DR. These results were consistent with previous findings in the authors’ program that the breast cancer detection rates at sites employing CR technology were, on average, 30.6% lower than those that used DR mammography. Conclusions: While the clinical study was not large enough to allow a statistically powered system-by-system assessment of cancer detection accuracy, the physical measures expressing spatial resolution, and signal-to-noise ratio are consistent with the published finding that sites employing CR systems had lower cancer detection rates than those using DR systems for screening mammography.

  19. Image quality versus statistical power.

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    Barnes, A; Dai, D; Montaldi, D; Patterson, J; Wyper, D

    1997-12-01

    We investigated whether SPET studies of neuroactivation might benefit from a similar approach used in PET; that is, increase the number of scans per task and accept poorer individual scan quality. Different study paradigms were simulated by varying the scanning parameters: (1) administered radiation activity per scan, (2) number of scans per task and (3) scan acquisition time. The maximum total dose received by each simulated subject remained the same. Areas of activation of varying signal strength were added to the scans using a customized graphics package. To establish the statistical benefits of a replication paradigm versus a non-replication paradigm, the datasets were analysed using SPM95 statistics software. This simulation was able to show that, when an SPM investigation is used for data analysis, study replication is more important than the individual image quality typically available from a high-performance SPET system. PMID:9481762

  20. Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) breast composition descriptors: Automated measurement development for full field digital mammography

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    Fowler, E. E.; Sellers, T. A.; Lu, B. [Department of Cancer Epidemiology, Division of Population Sciences, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida 33612 (United States)] [Department of Cancer Epidemiology, Division of Population Sciences, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida 33612 (United States); Heine, J. J. [Department of Cancer Imaging and Metabolism, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida 33612 (United States)] [Department of Cancer Imaging and Metabolism, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida 33612 (United States)

    2013-11-15

    Purpose: The Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) breast composition descriptors are used for standardized mammographic reporting and are assessed visually. This reporting is clinically relevant because breast composition can impact mammographic sensitivity and is a breast cancer risk factor. New techniques are presented and evaluated for generating automated BI-RADS breast composition descriptors using both raw and calibrated full field digital mammography (FFDM) image data.Methods: A matched case-control dataset with FFDM images was used to develop three automated measures for the BI-RADS breast composition descriptors. Histograms of each calibrated mammogram in the percent glandular (pg) representation were processed to create the new BR{sub pg} measure. Two previously validated measures of breast density derived from calibrated and raw mammograms were converted to the new BR{sub vc} and BR{sub vr} measures, respectively. These three measures were compared with the radiologist-reported BI-RADS compositions assessments from the patient records. The authors used two optimization strategies with differential evolution to create these measures: method-1 used breast cancer status; and method-2 matched the reported BI-RADS descriptors. Weighted kappa (?) analysis was used to assess the agreement between the new measures and the reported measures. Each measure's association with breast cancer was evaluated with odds ratios (ORs) adjusted for body mass index, breast area, and menopausal status. ORs were estimated as per unit increase with 95% confidence intervals.Results: The three BI-RADS measures generated by method-1 had ? between 0.25–0.34. These measures were significantly associated with breast cancer status in the adjusted models: (a) OR = 1.87 (1.34, 2.59) for BR{sub pg}; (b) OR = 1.93 (1.36, 2.74) for BR{sub vc}; and (c) OR = 1.37 (1.05, 1.80) for BR{sub vr}. The measures generated by method-2 had ? between 0.42–0.45. Two of these measures were significantly associated with breast cancer status in the adjusted models: (a) OR = 1.95 (1.24, 3.09) for BR{sub pg}; (b) OR = 1.42 (0.87, 2.32) for BR{sub vc}; and (c) OR = 2.13 (1.22, 3.72) for BR{sub vr}. The radiologist-reported measures from the patient records showed a similar association, OR = 1.49 (0.99, 2.24), although only borderline statistically significant.Conclusions: A general framework was developed and validated for converting calibrated mammograms and continuous measures of breast density to fully automated approximations for the BI-RADS breast composition descriptors. The techniques are general and suitable for a broad range of clinical and research applications.

  1. Medline Plus: Mammography

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    MedLine Plus has been bringing helpful medical and health information to the web-browsing public for over a decade, and they have always been committed to providing information for educators as well. As one of their more specialized sections, the mammography site contains information on how to perform mammograms, including several interactive tutorials. First-time visitors will want look at the "Contents of this page" area, which allows them to move directly to sections such as "Clinical Trials", "Research", "Pictures/Diagrams", and "Overviews". One nice touch is that the site draws on materials culled from a number of high-quality sources, including the National Cancer Institute, the National Women's Health Information Center, and the American Cancer Society. Two other resources here that are worth special mention are the Atlas of the Body (provided by the American Medical Association) and the multilingual mammogram tutorials offered in Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

  2. Technology assessment: observer study directly compares screen/film to CR mammography

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    Fletcher-Heath, Lynn; Richards, Anne; Ryan-Kron, Susan

    2007-03-01

    A new study supports and expands upon a previous reporting that computed radiography (CR) mammography offers as good, or better, image quality than state-of-the-art screen/film mammography. The suitability of CR mammography is explored through qualitative and quantitative study components: feature comparison and cancer detection rates of each modality. Images were collected from 150 normal and 50 biopsy-confirmed subjects representing a range of breast and pathology types. Comparison views were collected without releasing compression, using automatic exposure control on Kodak MIN-R films, followed by CR. Digital images were displayed as both softcopy (S/C) and hardcopy (H/C) for the feature comparison, and S/C for the cancer detection task. The qualitative assessment used preference scores from five board-certified radiologists obtained while viewing 100 screen/film-CR pairs from the cancer subjects for S/C and H/C CR output. Fifteen general image-quality features were rated, and up to 12 additional features were rated for each pair, based on the pathology present. Results demonstrate that CR is equivalent or preferred to conventional mammography for overall image quality (89% S/C, 95% H/C), image contrast (95% S/C, 98% H/C), sharpness (86% S/C, 93% H/C), and noise (94% S/C, 91% H/C). The quantitative objective was satisfied by asking 10 board-certified radiologists to provide a BI-RADS TM score and probability of malignancy per breast for each modality of the 200 cases. At least 28 days passed between observations of the same case. Average sensitivity and specificity was 0.89 and 0.82 for CR and 0.91 and 0.82 for screen/film, respectively.

  3. A MINIPACS DESIGN FOR THE VIEWING OF DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHIES

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    Plaza, Antonio J.

    A MINIPACS DESIGN FOR THE VIEWING OF DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHIES P.G. Rodriguez1,2 , L.Gomez2 , R. Due to special requirements of breast radiography images, integration of digital mammography in PACS . But the whole integration in hospitals of these digital technologies could be reached by using specific mini

  4. Composite x-ray image assembly for large-field digital mammography with one- and two-dimensional positioning of a focal plane array

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    Halama, G.; McAdoo, J.; Liu, H.

    1998-01-01

    To demonstrate the feasibility of a novel large-field digital mammography technique, a 1024 x 1024 pixel Loral charge-coupled device (CCD) focal plane array (FPA) was positioned in a mammographic field with one- and two-dimensional scan sequences to obtain 950 x 1800 pixel and 3600 x 3600 pixel composite images, respectively. These experiments verify that precise positioning of FPAs produced seamless composites and that the CCD mosaic concept has potential for high-resolution, large-field imaging. The proposed CCD mosaic concept resembles a checkerboard pattern with spacing left between the CCDs for the driver and readout electronics. To obtain a complete x-ray image, the mosaic must be repositioned four times, with an x-ray exposure at each position. To reduce the patient dose, a lead shield with appropriately patterned holes is placed between the x-ray source and the patient. The high-precision motorized translation stages and the fiber-coupled-scintillating-screen-CCD sensor assembly were placed in the position usually occupied by the film cassette. Because of the high mechanical precision, seamless composites were constructed from the subimages. This paper discusses the positioning, image alignment procedure, and composite image results. The paper only addresses the formation of a seamless composite image from subimages and will not consider the effects of the lead shield, multiple CCDs, or the speed of motion.

  5. Quality Metrics Evaluation of Hyperspectral Images

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    Singh, A. K.; Kumar, H. V.; Kadambi, G. R.; Kishore, J. K.; Shuttleworth, J.; Manikandan, J.

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, the quality metrics evaluation on hyperspectral images has been presented using k-means clustering and segmentation. After classification the assessment of similarity between original image and classified image is achieved by measurements of image quality parameters. Experiments were carried out on four different types of hyperspectral images. Aerial and spaceborne hyperspectral images with different spectral and geometric resolutions were considered for quality metrics evaluation. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has been applied to reduce the dimensionality of hyperspectral data. PCA was ultimately used for reducing the number of effective variables resulting in reduced complexity in processing. In case of ordinary images a human viewer plays an important role in quality evaluation. Hyperspectral data are generally processed by automatic algorithms and hence cannot be viewed directly by human viewers. Therefore evaluating quality of classified image becomes even more significant. An elaborate comparison is made between k-means clustering and segmentation for all the images by taking Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR), Mean Square Error (MSE), Maximum Squared Error, ratio of squared norms called L2RAT and Entropy. First four parameters are calculated by comparing the quality of original hyperspectral image and classified image. Entropy is a measure of uncertainty or randomness which is calculated for classified image. Proposed methodology can be used for assessing the performance of any hyperspectral image classification techniques.

  6. JPEG2000 still image coding quality.

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    Chen, Tzong-Jer; Lin, Sheng-Chieh; Lin, You-Chen; Cheng, Ren-Gui; Lin, Li-Hui; Wu, Wei

    2013-10-01

    This work demonstrates the image qualities between two popular JPEG2000 programs. Two medical image compression algorithms are both coded using JPEG2000, but they are different regarding the interface, convenience, speed of computation, and their characteristic options influenced by the encoder, quantization, tiling, etc. The differences in image quality and compression ratio are also affected by the modality and compression algorithm implementation. Do they provide the same quality? The qualities of compressed medical images from two image compression programs named Apollo and JJ2000 were evaluated extensively using objective metrics. These algorithms were applied to three medical image modalities at various compression ratios ranging from 10:1 to 100:1. Following that, the quality of the reconstructed images was evaluated using five objective metrics. The Spearman rank correlation coefficients were measured under every metric in the two programs. We found that JJ2000 and Apollo exhibited indistinguishable image quality for all images evaluated using the above five metrics (r?>?0.98, p?image quality of the JJ2000 and Apollo algorithms is statistically equivalent for medical image compression. PMID:23589187

  7. Automatically improving image quality using tensor voting

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    Toan Dinh Nguyen; Jonghyun Park; Soohyung Kim; Gueesang Lee

    A novel corrupted region detection technique based on tensor voting is proposed to automatically improve the image quality.\\u000a This method is suitable for restoring degraded images and enhancing binary images. First, the input images are converted into\\u000a layered images in which each layer contains objects having similar characteristics. By encoding the pixels in the layered\\u000a images with second-order tensors and

  8. Optimal photon energy comparison between digital breast tomosynthesis and mammography: a case study.

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    Di Maria, S; Baptista, M; Felix, M; Oliveira, N; Matela, N; Janeiro, L; Vaz, P; Orvalho, L; Silva, A

    2014-06-01

    A comparison, in terms of the optimal energy that maximizes the image quality between digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and digital mammography (DM) was performed in a MAMMOMAT Inspiration system (Siemens) based on amorphous selenium flat panel detector. In this paper we measured the image quality by the signal difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR), and the patient risk by the mean glandular dose (MGD). Using these quantities we compared the optimal voltage that maximizes the image quality both in breast tomosynthesis and standard mammography acquisition mode. The comparison for the two acquisition modes was performed for a W/Rh anode filter combinations by using a 4.5 cm tissue equivalent mammography phantom. Moreover, in order to check if the used equipment was quantum noise limited, the relation of the relative noise with respect to the detector dose was evaluated. Results showed that in the tomosynthesis acquisition mode the optimal voltage is 28 kV, whereas in standard mammography the optimal voltage is 30 kV. The automatic exposure control (AEC) of the system selects 28 kV as optimal voltage both for DBT and DM. Monte Carlo simulations showed a qualitative agreement with the AEC selection system, since an optimal monochromatic energy of 20 keV was found both for DBT and DM. Moreover, the check about the noise showed that the system is not completely quantum noise limited, and this issue could explain the experimental slight difference in terms of optimal voltage between DBT and DM. According to these results, the use of higher voltage settings is not justified for the improvement of the image quality during a DBT examination. PMID:24613514

  9. Novel image quality metric based on similarity

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    Lina Jin; Nikolay Ponomarenko; Karen Egiazarian

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we present a novel approach to image quality metric taking into account degradation of contrast and brightness as well as block similarity. The metric is achieved by performing of the following steps: 1) reducing contrast and brightness in distorted image, 2) using block-matching (BM) to group similar 2D image fragments into 3D data arrays in original image

  10. Radiation protection program for early detection of breast cancer in a mammography facility

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    Villagomez Casimiro, Mariana; Ruiz Trejo, Cesar; Espejo Fonseca, Ruby

    2014-11-01

    Mammography is the best tool for early detection of Breast Cancer. In this diagnostic radiology modality it is necessary to establish the criteria to ensure the proper use and operation of the equipment used to obtain mammographic images in order to contribute to the safe use of ionizing radiation. The aim of the work was to implement at FUCAM-AC the radiation protection program which must be established for patients and radiation workers according to Mexican standards [1-4]. To achieve this goal, radiation protection and quality control manuals were elaborated [5]. Furthermore, a quality control program (QCP) in the mammography systems (analog/digital), darkroom included, has been implemented. Daily sensitometry, non-variability of the image quality, visualizing artifacts, revision of the equipment mechanical stability, compression force and analysis of repetition studies are some of the QCP routine tests that must be performed by radiological technicians of this institution as a set of actions to ensure the protection of patients. Image quality and patients dose assessment were performed on 4 analog equipment installed in 2 mobile units. In relation to dose assessment, all equipment passed the acceptance criteria (<3 mGy per projection). The image quality test showed that most images (70%)- presented artifacts. A brief summary of the results of quality control tests applied to the equipment and film processor are presented. To maintain an adequate level of quality and safety at FUCAM-AC is necessary that the proposed radiation protection program in this work is applied.

  11. Configuration of automatic exposure control on mammography units for computed radiography to match patient dose of screen film systems

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    Yang, Chang-Ying Joseph; Huang, Weidong

    2009-02-01

    Computed radiography (CR) is considered a drop-in addition or replacement for traditional screen-film (SF) systems in digital mammography. Unlike other technologies, CR has the advantage of being compatible with existing mammography units. One of the challenges, however, is to properly configure the automatic exposure control (AEC) on existing mammography units for CR use. Unlike analogue systems, the capture and display of digital CR images is decoupled. The function of AEC is changed from ensuring proper and consistent optical density of the captured image on film to balancing image quality with patient dose needed for CR. One of the preferences when acquiring CR images under AEC is to use the same patient dose as SF systems. The challenge is whether the existing AEC design and calibration process-most of them proprietary from the X-ray systems manufacturers and tailored specifically for SF response properties-can be adapted for CR cassettes, in order to compensate for their response and attenuation differences. This paper describes the methods for configuring the AEC of three different mammography units models to match the patient dose used for CR with those that are used for a KODAK MIN-R 2000 SF System. Based on phantom test results, these methods provide the dose level under AEC for the CR systems to match with the dose of SF systems. These methods can be used in clinical environments that require the acquisition of CR images under AEC at the same dose levels as those used for SF systems.

  12. Retinal image quality assessment using generic features

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    Fasih, Mahnaz; Langlois, J. M. Pierre; Ben Tahar, Houssem; Cheriet, Farida

    2014-03-01

    Retinal image quality assessment is an important step in automated eye disease diagnosis. Diagnosis accuracy is highly dependent on the quality of retinal images, because poor image quality might prevent the observation of significant eye features and disease manifestations. A robust algorithm is therefore required in order to evaluate the quality of images in a large database. We developed an algorithm for retinal image quality assessment based on generic features that is independent from segmentation methods. It exploits the local sharpness and texture features by applying the cumulative probability of blur detection metric and run-length encoding algorithm, respectively. The quality features are combined to evaluate the image's suitability for diagnosis purposes. Based on the recommendations of medical experts and our experience, we compared a global and a local approach. A support vector machine with radial basis functions was used as a nonlinear classifier in order to classify images to gradable and ungradable groups. We applied our methodology to 65 images of size 2592×1944 pixels that had been graded by a medical expert. The expert evaluated 38 images as gradable and 27 as ungradable. The results indicate very good agreement between the proposed algorithm's predictions and the medical expert's judgment: the sensitivity and specificity for the local approach are respectively 92% and 94%. The algorithm demonstrates sufficient robustness to identify relevant images for automated diagnosis.

  13. Development of contrast digital mammography.

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    Skarpathiotakis, Mia; Yaffe, Martin J; Bloomquist, Aili K; Rico, Dan; Muller, Serge; Rick, Andreas; Jeunehomme, Fanny

    2002-10-01

    Development of breast tumors is often accompanied by angiogenesis--the formation of new blood vessels. It is possible to image the effects of this process by tracking the uptake and washout of contrast agents in the vicinity of a lesion. In this article, a method for carrying out contrast subtraction mammography on a full-field digital mammography unit is described. Spectral measurements and modeling were performed to optimize the choice of x-ray target, kilovoltage and x-ray beam filtration for contrast digital mammography (CDM) on an available digital mammography system. Phantom studies were carried out to determine the sensitivity of CDM to iodine. Detection of iodine area densities of 0.3 mg/cm2 is possible for a circular object with a radius of 1.3 mm, which allows detection of uptake levels in the breast typically seen with cancer and some benign breast conditions. It was found that with a molybdenum anode x-ray tube, copper filtration could be used to effectively shape the x-ray spectrum to maximize the proportion of x rays with energies above the k edge of iodine. Simple logarithmic subtraction was found to be adequate in suppressing background signals dependent on the x-ray beam intensity and background thickness of the breast. The total x-ray dose from the procedure ranges between 1 and 3 mGy, similar to that from a conventional single view film mammogram. A clinical pilot study is currently being carried out to evaluate this technique. PMID:12408316

  14. Breast cancer is a common form of cancer among women. Mammography is used for early detection, but it cannot detect all instances of cancer. New magnetic resonance imaging

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    Subramanian, Kalpathi R.

    1 Breast cancer is a common form of cancer among women. Mammography is used for early detection by Stanford University and used at Presbyterian Hospital have detected breast cancer where mammography has possible to render MR data in 3D at interactive rates. This paper presents the design of breast cancer

  15. Seven challenges for image quality research

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    Chandler, Damon M.; Alam, Md M.; Phan, Thien D.

    2014-02-01

    Image quality assessment has been a topic of recent intense research due to its usefulness in a wide variety of applications. Owing in large part to efforts within the HVEI community, image-quality research has particularly benefited from improved models of visual perception. However, over the last decade, research in image quality has largely shifted from the previous broader objective of gaining a better understanding of human vision, to the current limited objective of better fitting the available ground-truth data. In this paper, we discuss seven open challenges in image quality research. These challenges stem from lack of complete perceptual models for: natural images; suprathreshold distortions; interactions between distortions and images; images containing multiple and nontraditional distortions; and images containing enhancements. We also discuss challenges related to computational efficiency. The objective of this paper is not only to highlight the limitations in our current knowledge of image quality, but to also emphasize the need for additional fundamental research in quality perception.

  16. Normalized Noise Power Spectrum of Full Field Digital Mammography System

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    Isa, Norriza Mohd; Wan Hassan, Wan Muhamad Saridan

    2010-01-01

    A method to measure noise power spectrum of a full field digital mammography system is presented. The effect of X-ray radiation dose, size and configuration of region of interest on normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS) was investigated. Flat field images were acquired using RQA-M2 beam quality technique (Mo/Mo anode-filter, 28 kV, 2 mm Al) with different clinical radiation doses. The images were cropped at about 4 cm from the edge of the breast wall and then divided into different size of non-overlapping or overlapping segments. NNPS was determined through detrending, 2-D fast Fourier transformation and normalization. Our measurement shows that high radiation dose gave lower NNPS at a specific beam quality.

  17. Developing a comprehensive database management system for organization and evaluation of mammography datasets.

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    Wu, Yirong; Rubin, Daniel L; Woods, Ryan W; Elezaby, Mai; Burnside, Elizabeth S

    2014-01-01

    We aimed to design and develop a comprehensive mammography database system (CMDB) to collect clinical datasets for outcome assessment and development of decision support tools. A Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant CMDB was created to store multi-relational datasets of demographic risk factors and mammogram results using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon. The CMDB collected both biopsy pathology outcomes, in a breast pathology lexicon compiled by extending BI-RADS, and our institutional breast cancer registry. The audit results derived from the CMDB were in accordance with Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) audits and national benchmarks. The CMDB has managed the challenges of multi-level organization demanded by the complexity of mammography practice and lexicon development in pathology. We foresee that the CMDB will be useful for efficient quality assurance audits and development of decision support tools to improve breast cancer diagnosis. Our procedure of developing the CMDB provides a framework to build a detailed data repository for breast imaging quality control and research, which has the potential to augment existing resources. PMID:25368510

  18. The positron emission mammography/tomography breast imaging and biopsy system (PEM/PET): design, construction and phantom-based measurements

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    Raylman, Raymond R.; Majewski, Stan; Smith, Mark F.; Proffitt, James; Hammond, William; Srinivasan, Amarnath; McKisson, John; Popov, Vladimir; Weisenberger, Andrew; Judy, Clifford O.; Kross, Brian; Ramasubramanian, Srikanth; Banta, Larry E.; Kinahan, Paul E.; Champley, Kyle

    2008-02-01

    Tomographic breast imaging techniques can potentially improve detection and diagnosis of cancer in women with radiodense and/or fibrocystic breasts. We have developed a high-resolution positron emission mammography/tomography imaging and biopsy device (called PEM/PET) to detect and guide the biopsy of suspicious breast lesions. PET images are acquired to detect suspicious focal uptake of the radiotracer and guide biopsy of the area. Limited-angle PEM images could then be used to verify the biopsy needle position prior to tissue sampling. The PEM/PET scanner consists of two sets of rotating planar detector heads. Each detector consists of a 4 × 3 array of Hamamatsu H8500 flat panel position sensitive photomultipliers (PSPMTs) coupled to a 96 × 72 array of 2 × 2 × 15 mm3 LYSO detector elements (pitch = 2.1 mm). Image reconstruction is performed with a three-dimensional, ordered set expectation maximization (OSEM) algorithm parallelized to run on a multi-processor computer system. The reconstructed field of view (FOV) is 15 × 15 × 15 cm3. Initial phantom-based testing of the device is focusing upon its PET imaging capabilities. Specifically, spatial resolution and detection sensitivity were assessed. The results from these measurements yielded a spatial resolution at the center of the FOV of 2.01 ± 0.09 mm (radial), 2.04 ± 0.08 mm (tangential) and 1.84 ± 0.07 mm (axial). At a radius of 7 cm from the center of the scanner, the results were 2.11 ± 0.08 mm (radial), 2.16 ± 0.07 mm (tangential) and 1.87 ± 0.08 mm (axial). Maximum system detection sensitivity of the scanner is 488.9 kcps µCi-1 ml-1 (6.88%). These promising findings indicate that PEM/PET may be an effective system for the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

  19. Emory study finds stereoscopic mammography could reduce recall rate

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    A new three-dimensional (3-D) digital mammography technique has the potential to significantly improve the accuracy of breast cancer screening, according to an Emory University School of Medicine and Winship Cancer Institute study published in Radiology. A novel technique called stereoscopic digital mammography (SDM) mimmicks the way that human eyes work together to form a 3-D image. The technique uses digital mammography equipment that's been modified to allow the X-ray tube to move separately from the cassette. The resulting images are viewed on two monitors mounted one above the other.

  20. Fundamental limits of positron emission mammography

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    W. W. Moses; J. Qi

    2003-01-01

    We explore the causes of performance limitation in positron emission mammography cameras. We compare two basic camera geometries containing the same volume of 511keV photon detectors, one with a parallel plane geometry and another with a rectangular geometry. We find that both geometries have similar performance for the phantom imaged (in Monte Carlo simulation), even though the solid angle coverage

  1. Instrumentation optimization for positron emission mammography

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    William W. Moses; Jinyi Qi

    2004-01-01

    The past several years have seen designs for PET cameras optimized to image the breast, commonly known as Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) cameras. The guiding principal behind PEM instrumentation is that a camera whose field of view is restricted to a single breast has higher performance and lower cost than a conventional PET camera. The most common geometry is a

  2. Optimization of the exposure parameters with signal-to-noise ratios considering human visual characteristics in digital mammography

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    Yamada, Maki; Kato, Yuri; Fujita, Naotoshi; Kodera, Yoshie

    2010-04-01

    The use of digital mammography systems has become widespread recently. However, the optimal exposure parameters are uncertain in clinical practice. We need to optimize the exposure parameter in digital mammography while maximizing image quality and minimizing patient dose. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the most beneficial exposure variable-tube voltage for each compressed breast thickness-with these indices: noise power spectrum, noise equivalent quanta, detective quantum efficiency, and signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). In this study, the SNRs were derived from the perceived statistical decision theory model with the internal noise of eye-brain system (SNRi), contrived and studied by Loo LN1), Ishida M et al. 2) These image quality indices were obtained under a fixed average glandular dose (AGD) and a fixed image contrast. Our results indicated that when the image contrast and AGD was constant, for phantom thinner than 5 cm, an increase of the tube voltage did not improve the noise property of images very much. The results also showed that image property with the target/filter Mo/Rh was better than that with Mo/Mo for phantom thicker than 4 cm. In general, it is said that high tube voltage delivers improved noise property. Our result indicates that this common theory is not realized with the x-ray energy level for mammography.

  3. Continuous assessment of perceptual image quality

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    Hamberg, Roelof; de Ridder, Huib

    1995-12-01

    The study addresses whether subjects are able to assess the perceived quality of an image sequence continuously. To this end, a new method for assessing time-varying perceptual image quality is presented by which subjects continuously indicate the perceived strength of image quality by moving a slider along a graphical scale. The slider's position on this scale is sampled every second. In this way, temporal variations in quality can be monitored quantitatively, and a means is provided by which differences between, for example, alternative transmission systems can be analyzed in an informative way. The usability of this method is illustrated by an experiment in which, for a period of 815 s, subjects assessed the quality of still pictures comprising time-varying degrees of sharpness. Copyright (c) 1995 Optical Society of America

  4. Determination of mass attenuation coefficients for threshold contrast evaluation in digital mammography

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    Hummel, Johann; Semturs, Friedrich; Menhart, Susanne; Figl, Michael

    2010-04-01

    According to the 'European protocol for the quality control of the physical and technical aspects of mammography screening' (EPQC) image quality digital mammography units has to be evaluated at different breast thicknesses. At the standard thickness of 50 mm polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) image quality is determined by the analysis of CDMAM contrast detail phantom images where threshold contrasts are calculated for different gold disc diameters. To extend these results to other breast thicknesses contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR) and threshold contrast (TC) visibilities have to be calculated for all required thicknesses. To calculate the latter the mass attenuation coefficient (MAC) of gold has to be known for all possible beam qualities in the tube voltage range between 26 and 32 kV. In this paper we first determined the threshold contrast visibility using the CDMAM phantom with the same beam quality at different current-time products (mAs). We can derive from Rose theory that CNR • CT • ? = const, where ? is the diameter of the gold cylinder. From this the corresponding attenuation coefficients can be calculated. This procedure was repeated for four different beam qualities (Mo/Mo 27kV, Rh/Rh 29kV, Rh/Rh 31 kV, and W/Rh 29 kV)). Next, we measured the aluminium half value layer (HVL) of all x-ray spectra relevant for mammography. Using a first order Taylor expansion of MAC as a function of HVL, all other desired MAC can be calculated. The MAC as a function of the HVL was derived to MAChvl = -286.97 * hvl+186.03 with R2 = 0.997, where MAChvl indicates the MAC for all specific x-ray spectrum defined by its aluminium half value layer. Based on this function all necessary MACs needed for quality assurance (QA) were calculated. The results were in good agreement with the data found in the protocol.

  5. Image quality performance of liquid crystal display systems: influence of display resolution, magnification and window settings on contrast-detail detection.

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    Bacher, Klaus; Smeets, Peter; De Hauwere, An; Voet, Tony; Duyck, Philippe; Verstraete, Koenraad; Thierens, Hubert

    2006-06-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effects of liquid crystal display (LCD) resolution, image magnification and window/level adjustment on the low-contrast performance in soft-copy image interpretation in digital radiography and digital mammography. In addition, the effect of a new LCD noise reduction mechanism on the low-contrast detectability was studied. Digital radiographs and mammograms of two dedicated contrast-detail phantoms (CDRAD 2.0 and CDMAM 3.4) were scored on five LCD devices with varying resolutions (1-3- and 5-megapixel) and one dedicated 5-megapixel cathode ray tube monitor. Two 5-megapixel LCDs were included. The first one was a standard 5-megapixel LCD and the second had a new (Per Pixel Uniformity) noise reduction mechanism. A multi-variate analysis of variance revealed a significant influence of LCD resolution, image magnification and window/level adjustment on the image quality performance assessed with both the CDRAD 2.0 and the CDMAM 3.4 phantoms. The interactive adjustment of brightness and contrast of digital images did not affect the reading time, whereas magnification to full resolution resulted in a significantly slower soft-copy interpretation. For digital radiography applications, a 3-megapixel LCD is comparable with a 5-megapixel CRT monitor in terms of low-contrast performance as well as in reading time. The use of a 2-megapixel LCD is only warranted when radiographs are analysed in full resolution and when using the interactive window/level adjustment. In digital mammography, a 5-megapixel monitor should be the first choice. In addition, the new PPU noise reduction system in the 5-megapixel LCD devices provides significantly better results for mammography reading as compared to a standard 5-magapixel LCD or CRT. If a 3-megapixel LCD is used in mammography setting, a very time-consuming magnification of the digital mammograms would be necessary. PMID:16442770

  6. Advantages of gridless full-field digital mammography

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    Nykanen, Kirsi; Siltanen, Samuli

    2003-06-01

    The purpose of the study was to find out whether the image quality in full-field digital mammography can be improved while lowering the patient dose by removing the anti-scatter grid. Moreover, a fast approximate computational algorithm was developed for determining the scattered field in a real mammogram. The method is non-iterative, robust against noise, and works without modification for any scatter-to-primary ratio. Furthermore, it is computationally effective since it is based on fast Fourier transform (FFT). It was found out that the wide dynamic range of digital detectors leads to decrease in patient dose from 10.9% up to 46.6% at breast thickness of 2cm and from 0.8% up to 40.8% at breast thickness of 4cm depending on the efficiency of the removed grid. At constant patient dose the increase in contrast-to-noise ratio is 5.8% - 36.9% and 0.4%-30.0% accordingly at those two breast thickness. The convolution-based X-ray scatter model was considered. The developed scatter removal method was demonstrated with simulated mammograms and applied to clinical full-field digital mammograms acquired with a high-end digital flat panel detector based on amorphous selenium. Errors in reconstructed scattered fields were 0.3% in case of an ideal simulated mammogram and 7.4% in case of a real simulated mammogram (3cm breast). Applications where the scattered field needs to be determined include 3-D mammography and dual-energy breast imaging. In screening mammography gray-scale optimization eliminates the effect of scattering.

  7. Propagation, structural similarity, and image quality

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    Pérez, Jorge; Mas, David; Espinosa, Julián; Vázquez, Carmen; Illueca, Carlos

    2012-06-01

    Retinal image quality is usually analysed through different parameters typical from instrumental optics, i.e, PSF, MTF and wavefront aberrations. Although these parameters are important, they are hard to translate to visual quality parameters since human vision exhibits some tolerance to certain aberrations. This is particularly important in postsurgery eyes, where non-common aberration are induced and their effects on the final image quality is not clear. Natural images usually show a strong dependency between one point and its neighbourhood. This fact helps to the image interpretation and should be considered when determining the final image quality. The aim of this work is to propose an objective index which allows comparing natural images on the retina and, from them, to obtain relevant information abut the visual quality of a particular subject. To this end, we propose a individual eye modelling. The morphological data of the subject's eye are considered and the light propagation through the ocular media is calculated by means of a Fourier-transform-based method. The retinal PSF so obtained is convolved with the natural scene under consideration and the obtained image is compared with the ideal one by using the structural similarity index. The technique is applied on 2 eyes with a multifocal corneal profile (PresbyLasik) and can be used to determine the real extension of the achieved pseudoaccomodation.

  8. Perceptual image quality and telescope performance ranking

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    Joshua K. Lentz; James E. Harvey; Kenneth H. Marshall; Joseph Salg; Joseph B. Houston

    2010-01-01

    Launch Vehicle Imaging Telescopes (LVIT) are expensive, high quality devices intended for improving the safety of vehicle personnel, ground support, civilians, and physical assets during launch activities. If allowed to degrade from the combination of wear, environmental factors, and ineffective or inadequate maintenance, these devices lose their ability to provide adequate quality imagery to analysts to prevent catastrophic events such

  9. No training blind image quality assessment

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    Chu, Ying; Mou, Xuanqin; Ji, Zhen

    2014-03-01

    State of the art blind image quality assessment (IQA) methods generally extract perceptual features from the training images, and send them into support vector machine (SVM) to learn the regression model, which could be used to further predict the quality scores of the testing images. However, these methods need complicated training and learning, and the evaluation results are sensitive to image contents and learning strategies. In this paper, two novel blind IQA metrics without training and learning are firstly proposed. The new methods extract perceptual features, i.e., the shape consistency of conditional histograms, from the joint histograms of neighboring divisive normalization transform coefficients of distorted images, and then compare the length attribute of the extracted features with that of the reference images and degraded images in the LIVE database. For the first method, a cluster center is found in the feature attribute space of the natural reference images, and the distance between the feature attribute of the distorted image and the cluster center is adopted as the quality label. The second method utilizes the feature attributes and subjective scores of all the images in the LIVE database to construct a dictionary, and the final quality score is calculated by interpolating the subjective scores of nearby words in the dictionary. Unlike the traditional SVM based blind IQA methods, the proposed metrics have explicit expressions, which reflect the relationships of the perceptual features and the image quality well. Experiment results in the publicly available databases such as LIVE, CSIQ and TID2008 had shown the effectiveness of the proposed methods, and the performances are fairly acceptable.

  10. Advantages and Disadvantages of Mammography Screening

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    Heywang-Köbrunner, Sylvia H.; Hacker, Astrid; Sedlacek, Stefan

    2011-01-01

    Summary Mammography screening is the only method presently considered appropriate for mass screening of asymptomatic women. Its frequent use, however, warrants diligent analysis of potential side effects. Radiation risk is far below the natural yearly risk of breast cancer and should not be used as an argument against screening. False-positive calls lead to additional imaging or histopathological assessment, mainly percutaneous breast biopsy. These measures are tolerated and accepted fairly well. Their number is limited by strict quality assurance and constant training. Interval cancers represent a limitation of breast screening that should prompt further research for optimization. Evaluation of overdiagnosis is a highly debated topic in the literature. According to the probably most realistic available calculations, overdiagnosis is acceptable as it is compensated by the potential mortality reduction. Nonetheless, this potential side effect warrants optimal adjustment of therapy to the patient's individual risk. The mortality reduction seen in randomized studies was confirmed by results from national screening programs. A recent case referent study indicated that improvements in mortality reduction run parallel to improved mammographic techniques. Use of less aggressive therapies is another valuable effect of screening. Awareness of potential problems, strict quality assurance, and further research should help to further develop screening programs. PMID:21779225

  11. Perceptual image quality and telescope performance ranking

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    Lentz, Joshua K.; Harvey, James E.; Marshall, Kenneth H.; Salg, Joseph; Houston, Joseph B.

    2010-08-01

    Launch Vehicle Imaging Telescopes (LVIT) are expensive, high quality devices intended for improving the safety of vehicle personnel, ground support, civilians, and physical assets during launch activities. If allowed to degrade from the combination of wear, environmental factors, and ineffective or inadequate maintenance, these devices lose their ability to provide adequate quality imagery to analysts to prevent catastrophic events such as the NASA Space Shuttle, Challenger, accident in 1986 and the Columbia disaster of 2003. A software tool incorporating aberrations and diffraction that was developed for maintenance evaluation and modeling of telescope imagery is presented. This tool provides MTF-based image quality metric outputs which are correlated to ascent imagery analysts' perception of image quality, allowing a prediction of usefulness of imagery which would be produced by a telescope under different simulated conditions.

  12. Color image processing for date quality evaluation

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    Lee, Dah Jye; Archibald, James K.

    2010-01-01

    Many agricultural non-contact visual inspection applications use color image processing techniques because color is often a good indicator of product quality. Color evaluation is an essential step in the processing and inventory control of fruits and vegetables that directly affects profitability. Most color spaces such as RGB and HSV represent colors with three-dimensional data, which makes using color image processing a challenging task. Since most agricultural applications only require analysis on a predefined set or range of colors, mapping these relevant colors to a small number of indexes allows simple and efficient color image processing for quality evaluation. This paper presents a simple but efficient color mapping and image processing technique that is designed specifically for real-time quality evaluation of Medjool dates. In contrast with more complex color image processing techniques, the proposed color mapping method makes it easy for a human operator to specify and adjust color-preference settings for different color groups representing distinct quality levels. Using this color mapping technique, the color image is first converted to a color map that has one color index represents a color value for each pixel. Fruit maturity level is evaluated based on these color indices. A skin lamination threshold is then determined based on the fruit surface characteristics. This adaptive threshold is used to detect delaminated fruit skin and hence determine the fruit quality. The performance of this robust color grading technique has been used for real-time Medjool date grading.

  13. Image quality of optical remote sensing data

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    Reulke, Ralf; Säuberlich, Thomas

    2014-10-01

    Photogrammetry and remote sensing (RS) provide procedures for deriving geometric, radiometric and thematic information from image data. A variety of aircraft and space-borne sensors are available to capture image data. Different standards and specifications of quality assessment for optical remote sensing data are available. Due to the possibilities of absolute geometric and radiometric calibration digital sensors provide new promising opportunities to create value added products like digital elevation models, land-use maps etc. Such cameras combine the high geometric quality with the radiometric standards of earth observation systems. The determination of image quality of remote sensing data can be distinguished in (spectral) radiometric and geometric aspects. Standards contains different metrics for accuracy issues (spectral, radiometric and geometric accuracy) and for performance parameters like SNR, MTF. Image artefacts (caused e.g. by compression) are an additional important topic. The paper gives an overview of the current debate and the possibility of standardization.

  14. Feasibility of using LODOX technology for mammography

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    Lease, Alyson; Vaughan, Christopher; Beningfield, Stephan; Potgieter, Herman; Booysen, Andre

    2002-05-01

    The LODOX (Low Dose X-ray) Scanner, created by De Beers, is currently being clinically tested at the Trauma Unit of Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. High quality images with exceedingly low radiation suggest that the technology may also be used to identify breast cancer lesions and microcalcifications. The measured LODOX modulation transfer function averages 6 percent at 10 cycles per millimeter, while the detected quantum efficiency is approximately 25 percent at 1 cycle per millimeter. The mean glandular doses calculated for a breast thickness of 4 cm at various intensities -- ranging from 0.022 rad at 70mAs to 0.043 rad at 125mAs -- were approximately 10 times less than the value designated by the American College of Radiology (0.3 rad per breast image). At 40kV, LODOX exhibits an average half value layer of 1.59 mm of Al (compared to 0.3 to 0.4 mm recommended for mammography), illustrating the unfavorable higher penetration of LODOX X-rays. The extremely low radiation dose delivered by the LODOX suggests that the technology would be feasible for detecting and diagnosing cancers in the sensitive tissue of the breast, once adjustments to X-ray range and beam hardness had been accomplished.

  15. Modeling and simulation of Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) based on double-sided CdTe strip detectors

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    Ozsahin, I.; Unlu, M. Z.

    2014-03-01

    Breast cancer is the most common leading cause of cancer death among women. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Mammography, also known as Positron Emission Mammography (PEM), is a method for imaging primary breast cancer. Over the past few years, PEMs based on scintillation crystals dramatically increased their importance in diagnosis and treatment of early stage breast cancer. However, these detectors have significant limitations like poor energy resolution resulting with false-negative result (missed cancer), and false-positive result which leads to suspecting cancer and suggests an unnecessary biopsy. In this work, a PEM scanner based on CdTe strip detectors is simulated via the Monte Carlo method and evaluated in terms of its spatial resolution, sensitivity, and image quality. The spatial resolution is found to be ~ 1 mm in all three directions. The results also show that CdTe strip detectors based PEM scanner can produce high resolution images for early diagnosis of breast cancer.

  16. Characterization of scatter in digital mammography from physical measurements

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    Leon, Stephanie M., E-mail: Stephanie.Leon@uth.tmc.edu; Wagner, Louis K. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas 77030 (United States)] [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas 77030 (United States); Brateman, Libby F. [Department of Radiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610 (United States)] [Department of Radiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610 (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: That scattered radiation negatively impacts the quality of medical radiographic imaging is well known. In mammography, even slight amounts of scatter reduce the high contrast required for subtle soft-tissue imaging. In current clinical mammography, image contrast is partially improved by use of an antiscatter grid. This form of scatter rejection comes with a sizeable dose penalty related to the concomitant elimination of valuable primary radiation. Digital mammography allows the use of image processing as a method of scatter correction that might avoid effects that negatively impact primary radiation, while potentially providing more contrast improvement than is currently possible with a grid. For this approach to be feasible, a detailed characterization of the scatter is needed. Previous research has modeled scatter as a constant background that serves as a DC bias across the imaging surface. The goal of this study was to provide a more substantive data set for characterizing the spatially-variant features of scatter radiation at the image detector of modern mammography units. Methods: This data set was acquired from a model of the radiation beam as a matrix of very narrow rays or pencil beams. As each pencil beam penetrates tissue, the pencil widens in a predictable manner due to the production of scatter. The resultant spreading of the pencil beam at the detector surface can be characterized by two parameters: mean radial extent (MRE) and scatter fraction (SF). The SF and MRE were calculated from measurements obtained using the beam stop method. Two digital mammography units were utilized, and the SF and MRE were found as functions of target, filter, tube potential, phantom thickness, and presence or absence of a grid. These values were then used to generate general equations allowing the SF and MRE to be calculated for any combination of the above parameters. Results: With a grid, the SF ranged from a minimum of about 0.05 to a maximum of about 0.16, and the MRE ranged from about 3 to 13 mm. Without a grid, the SF ranged from a minimum of 0.25 to a maximum of 0.52, and the MRE ranged from about 20 to 45 mm. The SF with a grid demonstrated a mild dependence on target/filter combination and kV, whereas the SF without a grid was independent of these factors. The MRE demonstrated a complex relationship as a function of kV, with notable difference among target/filter combinations. The primary source of change in both the SF and MRE was phantom thickness. Conclusions: Because breast tissue varies spatially in physical density and elemental content, the effective thickness of breast tissue varies spatially across the imaging field, resulting in a spatially-variant scatter distribution in the imaging field. The data generated in this study can be used to characterize the scatter contribution on a point-by-point basis, for a variety of different techniques.

  17. Evaluation of DSA Image Quality

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    Wenstrup, Robert S.

    1985-09-01

    Purchase of a digital subtraction angiography (DSA) system involves medical, financial, and technical considerations. The Lahey Clinic DSA phantoms were developed to assist in technical evaluation of DSA equipment by providing a noninvasive means of assessment of radiographic and digital equipment components before purchase. The same set of phantoms can also be used to assess performance of a. system at the time of installation and for routine evaluation. The critical components of a DSA system are detailed with special emphasis on the image intensifier and television camera. Individual phantom patterns are described, and images are presented.

  18. Acceleration of Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Tomosynthesis Mammography

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    Kaeli, David R.

    - tional mammography uses during x-ray image acquisi- tion. After 11 x-ray image projections are acquired images, which is both compute- intensive and time-consuming. This workload is presently a bottleneck effective tech- nique used in the detection of breast cancer. A digi- tal mammogram is an image projection

  19. Region-based wavelet coding methods for digital mammography.

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    Penedo, Mónica; Pearlman, William A; Tahoces, Pablo G; Souto, Miguel; Vidal, Juan J

    2003-10-01

    Spatial resolution and contrast sensitivity requirements for some types of medical image techniques, including mammography, delay the implementation of new digital technologies, namely, computer-aided diagnosis, picture archiving and communications systems, or teleradiology. In order to reduce transmission time and storage cost, an efficient data-compression scheme to reduce digital data without significant degradation of medical image quality is needed. In this study, we have applied two region-based compression methods to digital mammograms. In both methods, after segmenting the breast region, a region-based discrete wavelet transform is applied, followed by an object-based extension of the set partitioning in hierarchical trees (OB-SPIHT) coding algorithm in one method, and an object-based extension of the set partitioned embedded block (OB-SPECK) coding algorithm in the other. We have compared these specific implementations against the original SPIHT and the new standard JPEG 2000, both using reversible and irreversible filters, on five digital mammograms compressed at rates ranging from 0.1 to 1.0 bit per pixel (bbp). Distortion was evaluated for all images and compression rates by the peak signal-to-noise ratio. For all images, OB-SPIHT and OB-SPECK performed substantially better than the traditional SPIHT and JPEG 2000, and a slight difference in performance was found between them. A comparison applying SPIHT and the standard JPEG 2000 to the same set of images with the background pixels fixed to zero was also carried out, obtaining similar implementation as region-based methods. For digital mammography, region-based compression methods represent an improvement in compression efficiency from full-image methods, also providing the possibility of encoding multiple regions of interest independently. PMID:14552582

  20. Automating Image Enhancement Optimization Using Image Quality Metrics

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    Gerwe, D.; Luna, C.; Calef, B.

    2014-09-01

    Image enhancement algorithms typically require tuning one or more input parameters to get the best results. Skipping this step or poor choice of values can often result in significant decrease in enhancement level or even degrade the image. This paper demonstrates the utility of image quality metrics in automating this tuning process for Space Situational Awareness imagery of resolved Resident Space Objects. The metrics considered in this study compare an original pristine image to the final displayed image, thus only apply directly to simulated images. However it is shown that a training set can be used to determine the best settings as a function of measureable imaging condition (light level, r0, …) to produce a look-up table that can be used for field collected data.

  1. Blind image quality assessment without training on human opinion scores

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    Mittal, Anish; Soundararajan, Rajiv; Muralidhar, Gautam S.; Bovik, Alan C.; Ghosh, Joydeep

    2013-03-01

    We propose a family of image quality assessment (IQA) models based on natural scene statistics (NSS), that can predict the subjective quality of a distorted image without reference to a corresponding distortionless image, and without any training results on human opinion scores of distorted images. These `completely blind' models compete well with standard non-blind image quality indices in terms of subjective predictive performance when tested on the large publicly available `LIVE' Image Quality database.

  2. Monotonic correlation analysis of image quality measures for image fusion

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    Kaplan, Lance M.; Burks, Stephen D.; Moore, Richard K.; Nguyen, Quang

    2008-04-01

    The next generation of night vision goggles will fuse image intensified and long wave infra-red to create a hybrid image that will enable soldiers to better interpret their surroundings during nighttime missions. Paramount to the development of such goggles is the exploitation of image quality (IQ) measures to automatically determine the best image fusion algorithm for a particular task. This work introduces a novel monotonic correlation coefficient to investigate how well possible IQ features correlate to actual human performance, which is measured by a perception study. The paper will demonstrate how monotonic correlation can identify worthy features that could be overlooked by traditional correlation values.

  3. Guides to Quality in Visual Resource Imaging

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    On July 17, the Research Libraries Group (RLG), Digital Libraries Federation (DLF), and the Council on Library and Information Resources announced a new set of five guides to the technical and planning aspects of digital imaging of visual resources. As the official press release notes, "this new Web-based reference is designed to serve the growing community of museums, archives, and research libraries that are turning to digital conversion to provide greater access to their visual resources as well as to help preserve the original materials." The guides include "Planning a Digital Imaging Project"; "Selecting a Scanner"; "Imaging Systems: the Range of Factors Affecting Image Quality"; "Measuring Quality of Digital Masters"; and "File Formats for Digital Masters." All are offered in HTML format, and users's comments are encouraged for future updates.

  4. Characteristic curve measurement based on bootstrap method using a new calcium phosphate stepwedge in mammography

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    Shinohara, Norimitsu; Fujita, Hiroshi; Hara, Takeshi; Horita, Katsuhei

    2004-05-01

    A method for measuring the characteristic curves generated by the mammography imaging systems has not yet been well established due to poor quality control over X-ray exposure in the range of kV values, which is lower than the conventional quality. In this paper, we proposed a bootstrap method using a "stepwedge" designed for characteristic curve measurement in mammography. A ten-step stepwedge containing calcium phosphate, with each step having a different density of material, was employed. In our experiment, the tube voltage and mA values were changed in the range of 25 to 32 kV at increments of 1 kV and in the range of 20 to 100 mAs at increments of 20 mAs, respectively. The results of the curve measurements indicated that our method might be useful to both screen-film mammography and computed radiography (CR), although additional experiments to evaluate the accuracy and precision of the acquired data are required.

  5. [Evaluation of the 1Shot Phantom dedicated to the mammography system using FCR].

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    Nagashima, Chieko; Uchiyama, Nachiko; Moriyama, Noriyuki; Nagata, Mio; Kobayashi, Hiroyuki; Sankoda, Katsuhiro; Saotome, Shigeru; Tagi, Masahiro; Kusunoki, Tetsurou

    2009-07-20

    Currently daily quality control (QC) tests for mammography systems are generally evaluated by using visual analysis phantoms, which of course means subjective measurement. In our study, however, we evaluated a novel digital phantom, the 1Shot Phantom M plus (1Shot Phantom), together with automatic analysis software dedicated for mammography systems using Fuji computed radiography (FCR). The digital phantom enables objective evaluation by providing for actual physical measurement rather than subjective visual assessment. We measured 1) contrast to noise ratio (CNR), 2) image receptor homogeneity, 3) missed tissue at chest wall side, 4) modulation transfer function (MTF), and 5) geometric distortion utilizing the 1Shot Phantom. We then compared the values obtained using the 1Shot Phantom with values obtained from the European guidelines and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. In addition, we evaluated the convenience of using the digital phantom. The values utilizing the 1Shot Phantom and those from the European guidelines and IEC standards were consistent, but the QC tests for the European guidelines and IEC standards methods took about six hours while the same QC tests using the 1Shot Phantom took 10 minutes or less including exposure of the phantom image, measurement, and analysis. In conclusion, the digital phantom and dedicated software proved very useful and produced improved analysis for mammography systems using FCR in clinical daily QC testing because of their objectivity and substantial time-saving convenience. PMID:19661726

  6. Clinical boundary conditions for grating-based differential phase-contrast mammography.

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    Roessl, Ewald; Daerr, Heiner; Koehler, Thomas; Martens, Gerhard; van Stevendaal, Udo

    2014-03-01

    Research in grating-based differential phase-contrast imaging (DPCI) has gained increasing momentum in the past couple of years. The first results on the potential clinical benefits of the technique for X-ray mammography are becoming available and indicate improvements in terms of general image quality, the delineation of lesions versus the background tissue and the visibility of microcalcifications. In this paper, we investigate some aspects related to the technical feasibility of DPCI for human X-ray mammography. After a short introduction to state-of-the-art full-field digital mammography in terms of technical aspects as well as clinical aspects, we put together boundary conditions for DPCI. We then discuss the implications for system design in a comparative manner for systems with two-dimensional detectors versus slit-scanning systems, stating advantages and disadvantages of the two designs. Finally, focusing on a slit-scanning system, we outline a possible concept for phase acquisition. PMID:24470415

  7. Image quality measures and their performance

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    Eskicioglu, Ahmet M.; Fisher, Paul S.; Chen, Si-Yuan

    1994-01-01

    A number of quality measures are evaluated for gray scale image compression. They are all bivariate exploiting the differences between corresponding pixels in the original and degraded images. It is shown that although some numerical measures correlate well with the observers' response for a given compression technique, they are not reliable for an evaluation across different techniques. The two graphical measures (histograms and Hosaka plots), however, can be used to appropriately specify not only the amount, but also the type of degradation in reconstructed images.

  8. Subjective matters: from image quality to image psychology

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    Fedorovskaya, Elena A.; De Ridder, Huib

    2013-03-01

    From the advent of digital imaging through several decades of studies, the human vision research community systematically focused on perceived image quality and digital artifacts due to resolution, compression, gamma, dynamic range, capture and reproduction noise, blur, etc., to help overcome existing technological challenges and shortcomings. Technological advances made digital images and digital multimedia nearly flawless in quality, and ubiquitous and pervasive in usage, provide us with the exciting but at the same time demanding possibility to turn to the domain of human experience including higher psychological functions, such as cognition, emotion, awareness, social interaction, consciousness and Self. In this paper we will outline the evolution of human centered multidisciplinary studies related to imaging and propose steps and potential foci of future research.

  9. Does resolution really increase image quality?

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    Tisse, Christel-Loïc; Guichard, Frédéric; Cao, Frédéric

    2008-02-01

    A general trend in the CMOS image sensor market is for increasing resolution (by having a larger number of pixels) while keeping a small form factor by shrinking photosite size. This article discusses the impact of this trend on some of the main attributes of image quality. The first example is image sharpness. A smaller pitch theoretically allows a larger limiting resolution which is derived from the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF). But recent sensor technologies (1.75?m, and soon 1.45?m) with typical aperture f/2.8 are clearly reaching the size of the diffraction blur spot. A second example is the impact on pixel light sensitivity and image sensor noise. For photonic noise, the Signal-to-Noise-Ratio (SNR) is typically a decreasing function of the resolution. To evaluate whether shrinking pixel size could be beneficial to the image quality, the tradeoff between spatial resolution and light sensitivity is examined by comparing the image information capacity of sensors with varying pixel size. A theoretical analysis that takes into consideration measured and predictive models of pixel performance degradation and improvement associated with CMOS imager technology scaling, is presented. This analysis is completed by a benchmarking of recent commercial sensors with different pixel technologies.

  10. Image Quality in Analog and Digital Microtechniques.

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    White, William

    1991-01-01

    Discusses the basic principles of the application of microfilm (analog) and electronic (digital) technologies for data storage. Image quality is examined, searching and retrieval capabilities are considered, and hardcopy output resolution is described. It is concluded that microfilm is still the preferred archival medium. (5 references) (LRW)

  11. Quality evaluation of fruit by hyperspectral imaging

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    This chapter presents new applications of hyperspectral imaging for measuring the optical properties of fruits and assessing their quality attributes. A brief overview is given of current techniques for measuring optical properties of turbid and opaque biological materials. Then a detailed descripti...

  12. Predicting image quality using a modular image difference model

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    Orfanidou, M.; Triantaphillidou, S.; Allen, E.

    2008-01-01

    The paper is focused on the implementation of a modular color image difference model, as described in [1], with aim to predict visual magnitudes between pairs of uncompressed images and images compressed using lossy JPEG and JPEG 2000. The work involved programming each pre-processing step, processing each image file and deriving the error map, which was further reduced to a single metric. Three contrast sensitivity function implementations were tested; a Laplacian filter was implemented for spatial localization and the contrast masked-based local contrast enhancement method, suggested by Moroney, was used for local contrast detection. The error map was derived using the CIEDE2000 color difference formula on a pixel-by-pixel basis. A final single value was obtained by calculating the median value of the error map. This metric was finally tested against relative quality differences between original and compressed images, derived from psychophysical investigations on the same dataset. The outcomes revealed a grouping of images which was attributed to correlations between the busyness of the test scenes (defined as image property indicating the presence or absence of high frequencies) and different clustered results. In conclusion, a method for accounting for the amount of detail in test is required for a more accurate prediction of image quality.

  13. Image quality assessment based on edge

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    Mou, Xuanqin; Zhang, Min; Xue, Wufeng; Zhang, Lei

    2011-01-01

    The research on image quality assessment (IQA) has been become a hot topic in most area concerning image processing. Seeking for the efficient IQA model with the neurophysiology support is naturally the goal people put the efforts to pursue. In this paper, we argue that comparing the edges position of reference and distorted image can well measure the image structural distortion and become an efficient IQA metric, while the edge is detected from the primitive structures of image convolving with LOG filters. The proposed metric is called NSER that has been designed following a simple logic based on the cosine distance of the primitive structures and two accessible improvements. Validation is taken by comparison of the well-known state-of-the-art IQA metrics: VIF, MS-SSIM, VSNR over the six IQA databases: LIVE, TID2008, MICT, IVC, A57, and CSIQ. Experiments show that NSER works stably across all the six databases and achieves the good performance.

  14. Visual discrimination model for digital mammography

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    Johnson, Jeffrey P.; Lubin, Jeffrey; Krupinski, Elizabeth A.; Peterson, Heidi A.; Roehrig, Hans; Baysinger, Andrew

    1999-05-01

    Numerous studies have been conducted to determine experimentally the effects of image processing and display parameters on the diagnostic performance of radiologists. Comprehensive optimization of imaging systems for digital mammography based solely on measurements of reader performance is impractical, however, due to the large number of interdependent variables to be tested. A reliable, efficient alternative is needed to improve the evaluation and optimization of new imaging technologies. The Sarnoff JNDmetrixTM Visual Discrimination Model (VDM) is a computational, just-noticeable difference model of human vision that has been applied successfully to predict performance in various nonmedical detection and rating tasks. To test the applicability of the VDM to specific detection tasks in digital mammography, two observer performance studies were conducted. In the first study, effects of display tone scale and peak luminance on the detectability of microcalcifications were evaluated. The VDM successfully predicted improvements in reader performance for perceptually linearized tone scales and higher display luminances. In the second study, the detectability of JPEG and wavelet compression artifacts was evaluated, and performance ratings were again found to be highly correlated with VDM predictions. These results suggest that the VDM would be useful in the assessment and optimization of new imaging and compression technologies for digital mammography.

  15. When high-quality face images match poorly

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    J. Ross Beveridge; P. Jonathon Phillips; Geof H. Givens; Bruce A. Draper; Mohammad Nayeem Teli; David S. Bolme

    2011-01-01

    In face recognition, quality is typically thought of as a property of individual images, not image pairs. The implicit assumption is that high-quality images should be easy to match to each other, while low quality images should be hard to match. This paper presents a relational graph-based evaluation technique that uses match scores produced by face recognition algorithms to determine

  16. Image Quality Indicator for Infrared Inspections

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    Burke, Eric

    2011-01-01

    The quality of images generated during an infrared thermal inspection depends on many system variables, settings, and parameters to include the focal length setting of the IR camera lens. If any relevant parameter is incorrect or sub-optimal, the resulting IR images will usually exhibit inherent unsharpness and lack of resolution. Traditional reference standards and image quality indicators (IQIs) are made of representative hardware samples and contain representative flaws of concern. These standards are used to verify that representative flaws can be detected with the current IR system settings. However, these traditional standards do not enable the operator to quantify the quality limitations of the resulting images, i.e. determine the inherent maximum image sensitivity and image resolution. As a result, the operator does not have the ability to optimize the IR inspection system prior to data acquisition. The innovative IQI described here eliminates this limitation and enables the operator to objectively quantify and optimize the relevant variables of the IR inspection system, resulting in enhanced image quality with consistency and repeatability in the inspection application. The IR IQI consists of various copper foil features of known sizes that are printed on a dielectric non-conductive board. The significant difference in thermal conductivity between the two materials ensures that each appears with a distinct grayscale or brightness in the resulting IR image. Therefore, the IR image of the IQI exhibits high contrast between the copper features and the underlying dielectric board, which is required to detect the edges of the various copper features. The copper features consist of individual elements of various shapes and sizes, or of element-pairs of known shapes and sizes and with known spacing between the elements creating the pair. For example, filled copper circles with various diameters can be used as individual elements to quantify the image sensitivity limit. Copper line-pairs of various sizes where the line width is equivalent to the spacing between the lines can be used as element-pairs to quantify the image resolution limit.

  17. Model Observers for Assessment of Image Quality

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Yao, Jie; Rolland, Jannick P.; Myers, Kyle J.

    1993-11-01

    Image quality can be defined objectively in terms of the performance of some "observer" (either a human or a mathematical model) for some task of practical interest. If the end user of the image will be a human, model observers are used to predict the task performance of the human, as measured by psychophysical studies, and hence to serve as the basis for optimization of image quality. In this paper, we consider the task of detection of a weak signal in a noisy image. The mathematical observers considered include the ideal Bayesian, the nonprewhitening matched filter, a model based on lineardiscriminant analysis and referred to as the Hotelling observer, and the Hotelling and Bayesian observers modified to account for the spatial-frequency-selective channels in the human visual system. The theory behind these observer models is briefly reviewed, and several psychophysical studies relating to the choice among them are summarized. Only the Hotelling model with channels is mathematically tractable in all cases considered here and capable of accounting for all of these data. This model requires no adjustment of parameters to fit the data and is relatively insensitive to the details of the channel mechanism. We therefore suggest it as a useful model observer for the purpose of assessing and optimizing image quality with respect to simple detection tasks.

  18. Image quality assessment using contourlet transform

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    Liu, Mingna; Yang, Xin

    2009-10-01

    We present a novel objective full-reference image quality assessment metric based on multiscale geometric analysis. The multichannel behavior of the human vision system is emulated by contourlet transform, a perceptual subband decomposition. Not only the contrast-masking effect but also the entropy-masking effect is considered to deal with the visual masking issue. In the error pooling stage, the frequency sensitivity of the HVS is investigated. Nonlinear and linear fusion schemes of subband distortion are compared. Extensive validation experiments are performed on two professional image databases, the LIVE database supplied by the University of Texas and the A57 database supplied by Cornell University. Compared with several state-of-the-art image quality metrics, the proposed metric demonstrates improvement on prediction accuracy and robustness.

  19. Prediction of Viking lander camera image quality

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    Huck, F. O.; Burcher, E. E.; Jobson, D. J.; Wall, S. D.

    1976-01-01

    Formulations are presented that permit prediction of image quality as a function of camera performance, surface radiance properties, and lighting and viewing geometry. Predictions made for a wide range of surface radiance properties reveal that image quality depends strongly on proper camera dynamic range command and on favorable lighting and viewing geometry. Proper camera dynamic range commands depend mostly on the surface albedo that will be encountered. Favorable lighting and viewing geometries depend mostly on lander orientation with respect to the diurnal sun path over the landing site, and tend to be independent of surface albedo and illumination scattering function. Side lighting with low sun elevation angles (10 to 30 deg) is generally favorable for imaging spatial details and slopes, whereas high sun elevation angles are favorable for measuring spectral reflectances.

  20. Development and Monte Carlo analysis of antiscatter grids for mammography.

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    Boone, John M; Makarova, Olga V; Zyryanov, Vladislav N; Tang, Cha-Mei; Mancini, Derrick C; Moldovan, Nikolaie; Divan, Ralu

    2002-12-01

    Mammography arguably demands the highest fidelity of all x-ray imaging applications, with simultaneous requirements of exceedingly high spatial and contrast resolution. Continuing technical improvements of screen-film and digital mammography systems have led to substantial improvements in image quality, and therefore improvements in the performance of anti-scatter grids are required to keep pace with the improvements in other components of the imaging chain. The development of an air-core honeycomb (cellular) grid using x-ray lithography and electroforming techniques is described, and the production of a 60 mm x 60 mm section of grid is reported. A crossed grid was constructed with 25 microm copper septa, and a period of 550 microm. Monte Carlo and numerical simulation methods were used to analyze the theoretical performance of the fabricated grid, and comparisons with other grid systems (Lorad HTC and carbon fiber interspaced grids) were made over a range of grid ratios. The results demonstrate essentially equivalent performance in terms of contrast improvement factor (CIF) and Bucky factor (BF) between Cu and Au honeycomb grids and the Lorad HTC (itself a copper honeycomb grid). Gold septa improved both CIF and BF performance in higher kVp, higher scatter geometries. The selectivity of honeycomb grids was far better than for linear grids, with a factor of approximately 3.9 improvement at a grid ratio of 5.0. It is concluded that using the fabrication methods described, that practical honeycomb grid structures could be produced for use in mammographic imaging, and that a substantial improvement in scatter rejection would be achieved using these devices. PMID:12625771

  1. Influence of anode/filter material and tube potential on contrast, signal-to-noise ratio and average absorbed dose in mammography: a Monte Carlo study.

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    Dance, D R; Thilander, A K; Sandborg, M; Skinner, C L; Castellano, I A; Carlsson, G A

    2000-10-01

    The comparative performance of mammographic X-ray systems that use different anode/filter combinations has been assessed for screen-film and digital imaging. Monte Carlo techniques have been used to calculate average glandular dose as well as contrast and signal-to-noise ratio for imaging two test details. Five anode/filter combinations have been studied to establish the potential for dose saving or image quality improvement. For screen-film mammography, it was found that little benefit is gained by changing from a standard 28 kV molybdenum/molybdenum spectrum for breasts up to 6 cm thick. For thicker breasts, where the tube potential for the standard technique might be increased, 20% improvement in contrast can be achieved without dose penalty using molybdenum/rhodium or rhodium/rhodium spectra, whereas dose savings of more than 50% can be attained whilst maintaining contrast using tungsten/rhodium or rhodium/aluminium spectra. In digital mammography, a molybdenum/molybdenum spectrum delivers the lowest dose for a 2 cm breast, but gives the highest dose for thicker breasts. Tungsten/rhodium or rhodium/aluminium spectra provide the lowest doses at greater thicknesses. It is concluded that for screen-film mammography, molybdenum/molybdenum is the spectrum of choice for all but the thickest or most glandular breasts. In digital mammography, an alternative spectrum is preferable for breasts thicker than 2 cm. PMID:11271898

  2. Soft copy display requirements for digital mammography.

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    Hemminger, Bradley M

    2003-09-01

    One of the advantages of digital mammography is to display mammograms on softcopy (electronic displays). Softcopy display of mammography is challenging because of the spatial and contrast resolution demands present in mammograms. We have designed and developed a softcopy mammography display application, Mammoview, which is capable of allowing radiologists to read mammograms as quickly and as accurately as they can on film alternators. We review the studies using Mammoview to elucidate the requirements of a successful softcopy display station. The design and development of the Mammoview softcopy display station are described in this article, and results of several studies using Mammoview are reported, including subjective feedback from Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference demonstrations, and clinical studies measuring performance in terms of speed and accuracy. Additional analysis of user interactions and user feedback is used to study the successes and shortcomings of mammography display stations like Mammoview. Overall, radiologist readings using Mammoview have been shown to be as fast and as accurate as readings using mammography film alternators. However, certain parts of the softcopy interface were more successful than their film counterparts, whereas others were less successful. Data analysis of the recorded human-computer interactions for the softcopy component of the clinical trial indicate statistically significant correlations between the difference in review time of softcopy versus alternator readings and three factors: the number of interactions, the reader, and the size of the image being reviewed. The first factor (number of interactions) suggests that simpler interfaces require less time to use; the second factor, the reader, supports previous findings that radiologists vary in how fast they read screening mammography studies; the third, size of image, suggests that the speed of softcopy review is increased relative to film readings when images are significantly larger than the display size. Feedback from radiologists using the system in clinical trials and at demonstration exhibits at RSNA indicated good acceptance of the interface and easy adaptation. Radiologists indicated that they felt comfortable using the interface, and that they would use such a softcopy interface in clinical practice. Finally, preliminary work suggests that the addition of a simple interaction to incorporate computer-aided detection (CAD) results would improve reading accuracy without significantly increasing reader times. PMID:14669064

  3. X-ray spectrum optimization of full-field digital mammography: simulation and phantom study.

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    Bernhardt, Philipp; Mertelmeier, Thomas; Hoheisel, Martin

    2006-11-01

    In contrast to conventional analog screen-film mammography new flat detectors have a high dynamic range and a linear characteristic curve. Hence, the radiographic technique can be optimized independently of the receptor exposure. It can be exclusively focused on the improvement of the image quality and the reduction of the patient dose. In this paper we measure the image quality by a physical quantity, the signal difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR), and the patient risk by the average glandular dose (AGD). Using these quantities, we compare the following different setups through simulations and phantom studies regarding the detection of microcalcifications and tumors for different breast thicknesses and breast compositions: Monochromatic radiation, three different anode/filter combinations: Molybdenum/molybdenum (Mo/Mo), molybdenum/rhodium (Mo/Rh), and tungsten/rhodium (W/Rh), different filter thicknesses, use of anti-scatter grids, and different tube voltages. For a digital mammography system based on an amorphous selenium detector it turned out that, first, the W/Rh combination is the best choice for all detection tasks studied. Second, monochromatic radiation can further reduce the AGD by a factor of up to 2.3, maintaining the image quality in comparison with a real polychromatic spectrum of an x-ray tube. And, third, the use of an anti-scatter grid is only advantageous for breast thicknesses larger than approximately 5 cm. PMID:17153413

  4. Full field digital mammography scanner.

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    Tesic, M M; Piccaro, M F; Munier, B

    1999-07-01

    We describe the key features of a pre-production, slot-scan digital mammography system. A number of these units have been used in clinical studies over the past year for the purpose of demonstrating their equivalence to the conventional film-screen devices. Since the clinical data has not yet been fully analyzed, it is not possible to make definitive claims. However, with hundreds of patients examined, the results appear to leave very little doubt the SenoScan digital mammography system will prove equivalent to the conventional technology. The detector developed for this system has a sensitive area 1.0 cm wide by 22 cm long. It is constructed by abutting four charge-coupled-device (CCD) chips, which are optically coupled to thallium-doped cesium iodide scintillator by means of a thin fiber optic plate. Scanning is accomplished by attaching the detector to a rigid arm that swings in an arc, with the axis of rotation collinear with the X-ray tube focal spot. The total scan time for the 30 cm image width is less than 6 s, with an effective exposure time of either 0.2 or 0.4 s. Two resolution modes are available: 0.054 mm or 0.027 mm square pixel size; in the latter mode both the image length and width are halved, as is the scan velocity, so that the scan time remains the same. To compensate for the low X-ray utilization efficiency of the slot geometry, a tungsten rhenium target X-ray tube is employed. It is rated at 8 kW on the 0.3 mm focal spot; when used with a heat exchanger, it has been found to provide the patient throughput needed in a busy clinical practice. PMID:10477093

  5. Dried fruits quality assessment by hyperspectral imaging

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    Serranti, Silvia; Gargiulo, Aldo; Bonifazi, Giuseppe

    2012-05-01

    Dried fruits products present different market values according to their quality. Such a quality is usually quantified in terms of freshness of the products, as well as presence of contaminants (pieces of shell, husk, and small stones), defects, mould and decays. The combination of these parameters, in terms of relative presence, represent a fundamental set of attributes conditioning dried fruits humans-senses-detectable-attributes (visual appearance, organolectic properties, etc.) and their overall quality in terms of marketable products. Sorting-selection strategies exist but sometimes they fail when a higher degree of detection is required especially if addressed to discriminate between dried fruits of relatively small dimensions and when aiming to perform an "early detection" of pathogen agents responsible of future moulds and decays development. Surface characteristics of dried fruits can be investigated by hyperspectral imaging (HSI). In this paper, specific and "ad hoc" applications addressed to propose quality detection logics, adopting a hyperspectral imaging (HSI) based approach, are described, compared and critically evaluated. Reflectance spectra of selected dried fruits (hazelnuts) of different quality and characterized by the presence of different contaminants and defects have been acquired by a laboratory device equipped with two HSI systems working in two different spectral ranges: visible-near infrared field (400-1000 nm) and near infrared field (1000-1700 nm). The spectra have been processed and results evaluated adopting both a simple and fast wavelength band ratio approach and a more sophisticated classification logic based on principal component (PCA) analysis.

  6. Multiple-reader studies, digital mammography, computer-aided diagnosis, and the Holy Grail of imaging physics: II

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    Beiden, Sergey V.; Wagner, Robert F.; Campbell, Gregory; Metz, Charles E.; Jiang, Yulei; Chan, Heang-Ping

    2001-06-01

    The metaphor of the Holy Grail is used here to refer to the classic and elusive problem in medical imaging of predicting the ranking of the clinical performance of competing imaging modalities from the ranking obtained from physical laboratory measurements and signal-detection analysis, or from simple phantom studies. We show how the use of the multiple-reader, multiple-case (MRMC) ROC paradigm and new analytical techniques allows this masking effect to be quantified in terms of components-of-variance models. Moreover, we demonstrate how the components of variance associated with reader variability may be reduced when readers have the benefit of computer-assist reading aids. The remaining variability will be due to the case components, and these reflect the contribution of the technology without the masking effect of the reader. This suggests that prediction of clinical ranking of imaging systems in terms of physical measurements may become a much more tractable task in a world that includes MRMC ROC analysis of performance of radiologists with the advantage of computer-assisted reading.

  7. Mayo Mammography Health Study

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    The Mayo Mammography Health Study (MMHS) is a prospective cohort comprised of 19,924 women ages 35 and over, living in the tri-state region surrounding the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin), without a history of breast cancer, who were scheduled for a screening mammogram at the Mayo Clinic between October 2003 and September 2006. All women had a 4-view screening mammogram at the time of enrollment and completed a self-administered questionnaire.

  8. Experimental and theoretical spectral optimization for digital mammography

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    Venkatakrishnan, Vaidehi; Yavuz, Mehmet; Niklason, Loren T.; Opsahl-Ong, Beale; Han, Sung S.; Landberg, Cynthia; Nevin, Robert L.; Hamberg, Leena; Kopans, Daniel B.

    1999-05-01

    The detection characteristics of digital x-ray and film-screen mammography systems are different and thus current film-screen techniques are not ideal for digital mammography. Therefore optimum technical parameters required for digital mammography are likely to be different compared with film-screen mammography. The goal of this study is to evaluate the optimum technical parameters for full-field digital mammography by experimental and computer simulation methods. A General Electric Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) prototype unit using Cesium Iodide (CsI) on an amorphous Silicon photodiode array was used for the experimental measurements. Using breast equivalent phantoms, images were acquired for a set of x-ray target-filters for a range of peak kilovoltage, varying breast composition and thickness, with and without an anti-scatter grid. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and figure-of-merit (FOM) were determined for simulated calcification and mass targets, independently by the two methods. The results for noise, contrast, SNR and FOM were compared and agree within 5% and 6% respectively. Combined results are presented for the case of 50% glandular - 50% adipose tissue breast composition using the grid and for the calcification target. Based on the FOM approach, preliminary results suggest that a Rhodium target-filter combination will be beneficial for higher breast thickness and for denser breasts.

  9. Bavarian mammography recertification program: experiences with a workstation prototype for softcopy reading

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    Riesmeier, Jorg; Eichelberg, Marco; Kieschke, Joachim; Hellemann, Hans-Peter; Gruschka-Hellemann, Birgit; Sokiranski, Roman; Munte, Axel; Thoben, Wilfried; Jensch, Peter F.

    2003-05-01

    In January 2002, the Bavarian Statutory Health Care Administration ("Kassenarztliche Vereinigung Bayerns", KVB) started a recertification programme for quality assurance and quality improvement in mammography reading. All accredited radiologists and gynaecologists are asked to prove their qualification every 1-2 years. The recertification programme requires the physicians to read 50 cases randomly selected from a larger collection of high-quality test cases. The portion of malignant and benign cases corresponds to the requirements of the German National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians ("Kassenarztliche Bundesvereinigung", KBV). In order to read the mammograms on a softcopy device the images are digitised with a high-quality scanner and converted to DICOM Digital Mammography format. The workstation software has been implemented according to the particular requirements of this programme. To verify the applicability of digitised mammograms for recertification purposes, a comparative study with 32 trained radiologists and gynaecologists has been performed. As a result the study showed that there was no significant difference in the error rate of the reported findings between conventional film and softcopy reading. The first intermediate results of this quality initiative are promising. The introduction of a corresponding federal German recertification programme is intended.

  10. Objective Assessment of Image Quality VI: Imaging in Radiation Therapy

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Kupinski, Matthew A.; Müeller, Stefan; Halpern, Howard J.; Morris, John C.; Dwyer, Roisin

    2015-01-01

    Earlier work on Objective Assessment of Image Quality (OAIQ) focused largely on estimation or classification tasks in which the desired outcome of imaging is accurate diagnosis. This paper develops a general framework for assessing imaging quality on the basis of therapeutic outcomes rather than diagnostic performance. By analogy to Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves and their variants as used in diagnostic OAIQ, the method proposed here utilizes the Therapy Operating Characteristic or TOC curves, which are plots of the probability of tumor control vs. the probability of normal-tissue complications as the overall dose level of a radiotherapy treatment is varied. The proposed figure of merit is the area under the TOC curve, denoted AUTOC. This paper reviews an earlier exposition of the theory of TOC and AUTOC, which was specific to the assessment of image-segmentation algorithms, and extends it to other applications of imaging in external-beam radiation treatment as well as in treatment with internal radioactive sources. For each application, a methodology for computing the TOC is presented. A key difference between ROC and TOC is that the latter can be defined for a single patient rather than a population of patients. PMID:24200954

  11. Towards real-time image quality assessment

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    Geary, Bobby; Grecos, Christos

    2011-03-01

    We introduce a real-time implementation and evaluation of a new fast accurate full reference based image quality metric. The popular general image quality metric known as the Structural Similarity Index Metric (SSIM) has been shown to be an effective, efficient and useful, finding many practical and theoretical applications. Recently the authors have proposed an enhanced version of the SSIM algorithm known as the Rotated Gaussian Discrimination Metric (RGDM). This approach uses a Gaussian-like discrimination function to evaluate local contrast and luminance. RGDM was inspired by an exploration of local statistical parameter variations in relation to variation of Mean Opinion Score (MOS) for a range of particular distortion types. In this paper we out-line the salient features of the derivation of RGDM and show how analyses of local statistics of distortion type necessitate variation in discrimination function width. Results on the LIVE image database show tight banding of RGDM metric value when plotted against mean opinion score indicating the usefulness of this metric. We then explore a number of strategies for algorithmic speed-up including the application of Integral Images for patch based computation optimisation, cost reduction for the evaluation of the discrimination function and general loop unrolling. We also employ fast Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) intrinsics and explore data parallel decomposition on a multi-core Intel Processor.

  12. Case study of nonlinear inverse problems: mammography and nondestructive evaluation

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    Kreinovich, Vladik

    Case study of non­linear inverse problems: mammography and non­destructive evaluation O. Kosheleva, e.g., that the actual image is non­negative). In most real­life problems, this linear description into consideration non­linear terms. This may be a minor improvement for normal image processing, but these non­linear

  13. Content quality based image retrieval with multiple instance boost ranking

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    Peng Yang; Hui Li; Qingshan Liu; Lin Zhong; Dimitris Metaxas

    2011-01-01

    Most previous works treated image retrieval as a classification problem or a similarity measurement problem. In this paper, we propose a new idea for image retrieval, in which we regard image retrieval as a ranking issue by evaluating image content quality. Based on the content preference between the images, the image pairs are organized to build the data set for

  14. X-ray light valve (XLV): a novel detectors' technology for digital mammography

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    Marcovici, Sorin; Sukhovatkin, Vlad; Oakham, Peter

    2014-03-01

    A novel method, based on X-ray Light Valve (XLV) technology, is proposed for making good image quality yet inexpensive flat panel detectors for digital mammography. The digital mammography markets, particularly in the developing countries, demand quality machines at substantially lower prices than the ones available today. Continuous pressure is applied on x-ray detectors' manufacturers to reduce the flat panel detectors' prices. XLV presents a unique opportunity to achieve the needed price - performance characteristics for direct conversion, x-ray detectors. The XLV based detectors combine the proven, superior, spatial resolution of a-Se with the simplicity and low cost of liquid crystals and optical scanning. The x-ray quanta absorbed by a 200 ?m a-Se produce electron - hole pairs that move under an electric field to the top and bottom of a-Se layer. This 2D charge distribution creates at the interface with the liquid crystals a continuous (analog) charge image corresponding to the impinging radiation's information. Under the influence of local electrical charges next to them, the liquid crystals twist proportionally to the charges and vary their light reflectivity. A scanning light source illuminates the liquid crystals while an associated, pixilated photo-detector, having a 42 ?m pixel size, captures the light reflected by the liquid crystals and converts it in16 bit words that are transmitted to the machine for image processing and display. The paper will describe a novel XLV, 25 cm x 30 cm, flat panel detector structure and its underlying physics as well as its preliminary performance measured on several engineering prototypes. In particular, the paper will present the results of measuring XLV detectors' DQE, MTF, dynamic range, low contrast resolution and dynamic behavior. Finally, the paper will introduce the new, low cost, XLV detector based, digital mammography machine under development at XLV Diagnostics Inc.

  15. The value of scatter removal by a grid in full field digital mammography.

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    Veldkamp, Wouter J H; Thijssen, Martin A O; Karssemeijer, Nico

    2003-07-01

    Our objective in this study was to investigate the usefulness of an anti-scatter grid in digital mammography using a contrast detail phantom. The mammography system we investigated was a GE Senographe 2000D. We carried out phantom measurements under various conditions with and without using the anti-scatter grid. A new version of the CDMAM phantom (version 3.4) was used. This phantom consists of a matrix of square cells with disks of varying size and contrast. For given exposure conditions detectability of these disks can be determined and used for construction of contrast detail curves. Previously, a computer program was developed at our institute that performs a fully automatic analysis of the phantom recordings using the ideal observer model. Breast thickness was simulated by a homogeneous layer of PMMA in the range of 1 to 7 cm. Series of images were recorded for different KeV and target-filter combinations depending on the simulated thickness. The dose was kept constant for each thickness with and without using a grid. It appeared that image quality improved for simulated breast thickness below 5 cm when the grid was removed. In the range from 5 to 7 cm contrast detail curves obtained with or without a grid were similar. Results suggest that for compressed breast thickness in the range of 1 to 7 cm a grid might not be needed in the digital mammography system we investigated. Below 5 cm, omitting the grid may allow lower dose to the patient without losing image quality. PMID:12906188

  16. Performance Evaluation Of A New Dedicated Mammography System

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    Rossi, Raymond P.; Hendrick, R. Edward

    1985-09-01

    The performance characteristics of a new dedicated mammography unit (a Mammo Diagnost U-M, Philips Medical Systems, Inc., Shelton, Conn.) are presented. The unit has capabilities for contact imaging with or without a grid and magnification imaging without a grid, using a molybdenum target and either of two different beam filtrations (molybdenum or aluminum). Characteristics evaluated include the performance of the beam restriction system, accuracy of technique parameter selector indication of kilovoltage, tube current and exposure time, focal spot size, exposure output and beam quality characteristics as a function of kilovoltage and filtration, compression device attenuation and automatic exposure control system performance. The resultant data have been used to calculate breast entrance exposure and average glandular dose for each imaging modality and to compare the different imaging modalities in terms of equivalent bandwidth, fe, using established models for the modulation transfer functions of the focal spot and image receptor. Modifications to the system to enhance clinical utility and to allow for routine calculations of patient exposure are also described.

  17. Improving Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Image Quality with Image Fusion

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    Tarolli, Jay G.; Jackson, Lauren M.; Winograd, Nicholas

    2014-12-01

    The spatial resolution of chemical images acquired with cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is limited not only by the size of the probe utilized to create the images but also by detection sensitivity. As the probe size is reduced to below 1 ?m, for example, a low signal in each pixel limits lateral resolution because of counting statistics considerations. Although it can be useful to implement numerical methods to mitigate this problem, here we investigate the use of image fusion to combine information from scanning electron microscope (SEM) data with chemically resolved SIMS images. The advantage of this approach is that the higher intensity and, hence, spatial resolution of the electron images can help to improve the quality of the SIMS images without sacrificing chemical specificity. Using a pan-sharpening algorithm, the method is illustrated using synthetic data, experimental data acquired from a metallic grid sample, and experimental data acquired from a lawn of algae cells. The results show that up to an order of magnitude increase in spatial resolution is possible to achieve. A cross-correlation metric is utilized for evaluating the reliability of the procedure.

  18. Reconstruction algorithm for improved ultrasound image quality.

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    Madore, Bruno; Meral, F Can

    2012-02-01

    A new algorithm is proposed for reconstructing raw RF data into ultrasound images. Previous delay-and-sum beamforming reconstruction algorithms are essentially one-dimensional, because a sum is performed across all receiving elements. In contrast, the present approach is two-dimensional, potentially allowing any time point from any receiving element to contribute to any pixel location. Computer-intensive matrix inversions are performed once, in advance, to create a reconstruction matrix that can be reused indefinitely for a given probe and imaging geometry. Individual images are generated through a single matrix multiplication with the raw RF data, without any need for separate envelope detection or gridding steps. Raw RF data sets were acquired using a commercially available digital ultrasound engine for three imaging geometries: a 64-element array with a rectangular field-of- view (FOV), the same probe with a sector-shaped FOV, and a 128-element array with rectangular FOV. The acquired data were reconstructed using our proposed method and a delay- and-sum beamforming algorithm for comparison purposes. Point spread function (PSF) measurements from metal wires in a water bath showed that the proposed method was able to reduce the size of the PSF and its spatial integral by about 20 to 38%. Images from a commercially available quality-assurance phantom had greater spatial resolution and contrast when reconstructed with the proposed approach. PMID:24626030

  19. Reconstruction algorithm for improved ultrasound image quality

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    Madore, Bruno; Meral, F. Can

    2012-01-01

    A new algorithm is proposed for reconstructing raw RF data into ultrasound images. Prior delay-and-sum beamforming reconstruction algorithms are essentially one-dimensional, as a sum is performed across all receiving elements. In contrast, the present approach is two-dimensional, potentially allowing any time point from any receiving element to contribute to any pixel location. Computer-intensive matrix inversions are performed once-and-for-all ahead of time, to create a reconstruction matrix that can be reused indefinitely for a given probe and imaging geometry. Individual images are generated through a single matrix multiplication with the raw RF data, without any need for separate envelope detection or gridding steps. Raw RF datasets were acquired using a commercially available digital ultrasound engine for three imaging geometries: a 64-element array with a rectangular field-of-view (FOV), the same probe with a sector-shaped FOV, and a 128-element array with rectangular FOV. The acquired data were reconstructed using our proposed method and a delay-and-sum beamforming algorithm, for comparison purposes. Point-spread-function (PSF) measurements from metal wires in a water bath showed the proposed method able to reduce the size of the PSF and/or its spatial integral by about 20 to 38%. Images from a commercially available quality-assurance phantom featured greater spatial resolution and/or contrast when reconstructed with the proposed approach. PMID:24626030

  20. On pictures and stuff: image quality and material appearance

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    Ferwerda, James A.

    2014-02-01

    Realistic images are a puzzle because they serve as visual representations of objects while also being objects themselves. When we look at an image we are able to perceive both the properties of the image and the properties of the objects represented by the image. Research on image quality has typically focused improving image properties (resolution, dynamic range, frame rate, etc.) while ignoring the issue of whether images are serving their role as visual representations. In this paper we describe a series of experiments that investigate how well images of different quality convey information about the properties of the objects they represent. In the experiments we focus on the effects that two image properties (contrast and sharpness) have on the ability of images to represent the gloss of depicted objects. We found that different experimental methods produced differing results. Specifically, when the stimulus images were presented using simultaneous pair comparison, observers were influenced by the surface properties of the images and conflated changes in image contrast and sharpness with changes in object gloss. On the other hand, when the stimulus images were presented sequentially, observers were able to disregard the image plane properties and more accurately match the gloss of the objects represented by the different quality images. These findings suggest that in understanding image quality it is useful to distinguish between quality of the imaging medium and the quality of the visual information represented by that medium.

  1. WAVELET-BASED FOVEATED IMAGE QUALITY MEASUREMENT FOR REGION OF INTEREST IMAGE CODING

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    Zhou Wang; Alan C. Bovik; Ligang Lu

    2002-01-01

    Region of interest (ROI) image and video compression techniques have been widely used in visual communication applications in an effort to deliver good quality images and videos at limited bandwidths. Most image quality metrics have been developed for uniform resolution images. These metrics are not appropriate for the assessment of ROI coded images, where space-variant resolution is necessary. The spatial

  2. Advanced Image Quality Studies of LCTVs Justin Laird

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    Zanibbi, Richard

    Advanced Image Quality Studies of LCTVs Justin Laird B.S. Imaging and Photographic Technology of Technology Rochester, New York Certificate of Approval M.S. Degree Thesis The M.S. Degree Thesis of Justin, New York Title of Thesis: Advanced Image Quality Studies of LCTVs I, Justin L. Laird, hereby grant

  3. Measuring Images: Differences, Quality, and Appearance Garrett M. Johnson*

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    Zanibbi, Richard

    Measuring Images: Differences, Quality, and Appearance Garrett M. Johnson* and Mark D. Fairchild Munsell Color Science Laboratory, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA 14623-5604 ABSTRACT One goal of image quality modeling is to predict human

  4. Image quality assessment: from error visibility to structural similarity

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    Zhou Wang; Alan Conrad Bovik; Hamid Rahim Sheikh; Eero P. Simoncelli

    2004-01-01

    Objective methods for assessing perceptual image quality traditionally attempted to quantify the visibility of errors (differences) between a distorted image and a reference image using a variety of known properties of the human visual system. Under the assumption that human visual perception is highly adapted for extracting structural information from a scene, we introduce an alternative complementary framework for quality

  5. An ICA-based approach for image quality assessment

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    Shi, Yunyu; Ding, Youdong; Li, Jun

    2009-10-01

    In this paper, we propose an ICA-based approach for assessing image quality. Independent component analysis (ICA), which is a kind of fundamental statistical model for natural images, could model images as linear superpositions of basis images. The features given by ICA are suitable for image quality assessment because they resemble the representation given by simple-cells in the mammalian primary visual cortex. The steps of the proposed approach are listed concisely as follows: estimation of basis images in the ICA model; image features extraction from reference images and their corresponding distorted images; calculation of image quality scores or scales. Our experimental results show that the proposed method could achieve competitive performance with other two typical models, Structure SIMilarity (SSIM) and Visual Information Fidelity (VIF) by being tested on LIVE Subjective database. Some factors that may influence the performance results, such as the size of sliding window, the total number of image patches, are also discussed.

  6. Image quality assessment using singular vectors

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    Yang, Chin-Ann; Kaveh, Mostafa

    2010-01-01

    A new Full-Reference Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) based Image Quality Measurement (IQM) is proposed in this paper. Most of the recently developed IQMs that have been designed for measuring universal distortion types have worse results in measuring blur type distortions. The proposed method A-SVD aims at capturing the loss of structural content instead of measuring the distortion of pixel intensity value. A-SVD uses the change in the angle between the principal singular vectors as a distance between the original and distorted image blocks. Experiments were conducted using the LIVE database. The proposed algorithm was compared with another recently proposed SVD based method named M-SVD and other well-established methods including SSIM, MSSIM, and VSNR. Results have shown that the proposed method has an advantage in discerning blurry types of image distortions while providing comparable results for other distortion types. Also, the proposed method provides better linear correlation with the human score, which is a desirable attribute for the IQM to be used in other applications.

  7. Auditing and benchmarks in screening and diagnostic mammography.

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    Feig, Stephen A

    2007-09-01

    Radiologists can use outcome data such as cancer size and stage to determine how well their own practice provides benefit to their patients and can use measures such as screening recall rates and positive predictive values to assess how well adverse consequences are being contained. New data on national benchmarks for screening and diagnostic mammography in the United States allow radiologists to evaluate their own performance with respect to their peers. This article discusses recommended outcome values in the United States and Europe, current Mammography Quality Standards Act audit requirements, and Institute of Medicine proposals for future requirements. PMID:17888769

  8. Scatter reduction in mammography using statistical estimation techniques

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    Baydush, Alan H.; Laading, Jacob K.; Floyd, Carey E., Jr.

    1996-04-01

    Previously, we have shown the effectiveness of using Bayesian image estimation (BIE) to reduce scatter and increase the contrast to noise ratio (CNR) in digital chest radiography. Here, we investigate the use of BIE to reduce scatter and increase CNR on digital mammographic data. Calibrated photostimulable phosphor digital images were obtained of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) mammographic phantom at several different exposures. An iterative Bayesian estimation algorithm was used to process this data. Residual scatter fractions (RSF) and CNR were computed. Resolution was visually inspected. These results were compared to those of a mammogram acquired at standard clinical imaging parameters using an anti-scatter grid for scatter reduction. On average, at all exposure levels. BIE reduced scatter fractions from 57% to 6%, while a grid only reduced RSF to 31%. At similar exposure levels, BIE processing improved CNR to 21.6, while a grid produced images with a CNR of 15.8. At an exposure level of 37% less than the standard exposure, BIE improved CNR to 18.9. A visual assessment of resolution using the objects in the phantom showed no reduction of resolution. In some images, phantom masses appeared more readily apparent. BIE processing of mammographic data can reduce scatter and increase image CNR. This type of image processing may potentially allow for decreased radiation dose to the patient with no loss of image quality. BIE as a method for scatter compensation in mammography is very promising. This preliminary work shows improvement in CNR to values greater than that of a standard grid.

  9. Scatter radiation intensities around full-field digital mammography units.

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    Judge, M A; Keavey, E; Phelan, N

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the scatter radiation intensity around digital mammography systems and apply these data to standard shielding calculations to reveal whether shielding design of existing breast screening rooms is adequate for the use of digital mammography systems. Three digital mammography systems from GE Healthcare, Hologic and Philips were employed in the study. A breast-equivalent phantom was imaged under clinical workload conditions and scatter radiation intensities around the digital mammography systems were measured for a range of angles in three planes using an ionisation chamber. The results were compared with those from previous studies of film-screen systems. It may be deduced from the results that scattering in the backward direction is significant for all three systems, while scattering in the forward direction can be significant for some planes around the GE and Hologic systems. Measurements at typical clinical settings on each system revealed the Philips system to have markedly lower scatter radiation intensities than the other systems. Substituting the measured scattered radiation intensity into shielding calculations yielded barrier requirements similar to those already in place at the screening centres operating these systems. Current radiation protection requirements based on film-screen technology remain sufficient when applied to rooms with digital mammography installations and no alteration is required to the structural shielding. PMID:23239693

  10. Retinal Image Quality during Accommodation in Adult Myopic Eyes

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    Sreenivasan, Vidhyapriya; Aslakson, Emily; Kornaus, Andrew; Thibos, Larry N.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Reduced retinal image contrast produced by accommodative lag is implicated with myopia development. Here, we measure accommodative error and retinal image quality from wavefront aberrations in myopes and emmetropes when they perform visually demanding and naturalistic tasks. Methods Wavefront aberrations were measured in 10 emmetropic and 11 myopic adults at three distances (100, 40, and 20 cm) while performing four tasks (monocular acuity, binocular acuity, reading, and movie watching). For the acuity tasks, measurements of wavefront error were obtained near the end point of the acuity experiment. Refractive state was defined as the target vergence that optimizes image quality using a visual contrast metric (VSMTF) computed from wavefront errors. Results Accommodation was most accurate (and image quality best) during binocular acuity whereas accommodation was least accurate (and image quality worst) while watching a movie. When viewing distance was reduced, accommodative lag increased and image quality (as quantified by VSMTF) declined for all tasks in both refractive groups. For any given viewing distance, computed image quality was consistently worse in myopes than in emmetropes, more so for the acuity than for reading/movie watching. Although myopes showed greater lags and worse image quality for the acuity experiments compared to emmetropes, acuity was not measurably worse in myopes compared to emmetropes. Conclusions Retinal image quality present when performing a visually demanding task (e.g., during clinical examination) is likely to be greater than for less demanding tasks (e.g., reading/movie watching). Although reductions in image quality lead to reductions in acuity, the image quality metric VSMTF is not necessarily an absolute indicator of visual performance because myopes achieved slightly better acuity than emmetropes despite showing greater lags and worse image quality. Reduced visual contrast in myopes compared to emmetropes is consistent with theories of myopia progression that point to image contrast as an inhibitory signal for ocular growth. PMID:24152885

  11. Image Quality Characteristics of Handheld Display Devices for Medical Imaging

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    Yamazaki, Asumi; Liu, Peter; Cheng, Wei-Chung; Badano, Aldo

    2013-01-01

    Handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers have become widespread with thousands of available software applications. Recently, handhelds are being proposed as part of medical imaging solutions, especially in emergency medicine, where immediate consultation is required. However, handheld devices differ significantly from medical workstation displays in terms of display characteristics. Moreover, the characteristics vary significantly among device types. We investigate the image quality characteristics of various handheld devices with respect to luminance response, spatial resolution, spatial noise, and reflectance. We show that the luminance characteristics of the handheld displays are different from those of workstation displays complying with grayscale standard target response suggesting that luminance calibration might be needed. Our results also demonstrate that the spatial characteristics of handhelds can surpass those of medical workstation displays particularly for recent generation devices. While a 5 mega-pixel monochrome workstation display has horizontal and vertical modulation transfer factors of 0.52 and 0.47 at the Nyquist frequency, the handheld displays released after 2011 can have values higher than 0.63 at the respective Nyquist frequencies. The noise power spectra for workstation displays are higher than 1.2×10?5 mm2 at 1 mm?1, while handheld displays have values lower than 3.7×10?6 mm2. Reflectance measurements on some of the handheld displays are consistent with measurements for workstation displays with, in some cases, low specular and diffuse reflectance coefficients. The variability of the characterization results among devices due to the different technological features indicates that image quality varies greatly among handheld display devices. PMID:24236113

  12. 21 CFR 900.18 - Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards.

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    2014-04-01

    ...Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards. 900.18 Section 900.18 Food and...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MAMMOGRAPHY QUALITY STANDARDS ACT MAMMOGRAPHY Quality Standards and Certification § 900.18...

  13. 21 CFR 900.18 - Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards.

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    2012-04-01

    ...Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards. 900.18 Section 900.18 Food and...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MAMMOGRAPHY QUALITY STANDARDS ACT MAMMOGRAPHY Quality Standards and Certification § 900.18...

  14. 21 CFR 900.18 - Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards.

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    2011-04-01

    ...Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards. 900.18 Section 900.18 Food and...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MAMMOGRAPHY QUALITY STANDARDS ACT MAMMOGRAPHY Quality Standards and Certification § 900.18...

  15. 21 CFR 900.18 - Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards. 900.18 Section 900.18 Food and...SERVICES (CONTINUED) MAMMOGRAPHY QUALITY STANDARDS ACT MAMMOGRAPHY Quality Standards and Certification § 900.18...

  16. 21 CFR 900.18 - Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards.

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    2010-04-01

    ... Alternative requirements for § 900.12 quality standards. 900.18 Section 900.18 ...AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MAMMOGRAPHY QUALITY STANDARDS ACT MAMMOGRAPHY Quality Standards and Certification § 900.18...

  17. The evolution of breast imaging: past to present.

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    Joe, Bonnie N; Sickles, Edward A

    2014-11-01

    The practice of breast imaging has transitioned through a wide variety of technologic advances from the early days of direct-exposure film mammography to xeromammography to screen-film mammography to the current era of full-field digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis. Along with these technologic advances, organized screening, federal regulations based on the Mammography Quality Standards Act, and the development of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System have helped to shape the specialty of breast imaging. With the development of breast ultrasonography and breast magnetic resonance imaging, both complementary to mammography, additional algorithms for diagnostic workup and screening high-risk subgroups of women have emerged. A substantial part of breast imaging practice these days also involves breast interventional procedures-both percutaneous biopsy to obtain tissue diagnosis and localization procedures to guide surgical excision. This article reviews the evolution of breast imaging starting from a historical perspective and progressing to the present day. PMID:25340437

  18. LANDSAT-4 image data quality analysis

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    Anuta, P. E. (principal investigator)

    1982-01-01

    Work done on evaluating the geometric and radiometric quality of early LANDSAT-4 sensor data is described. Band to band and channel to channel registration evaluations were carried out using a line correlator. Visual blink comparisons were run on an image display to observe band to band registration over 512 x 512 pixel blocks. The results indicate a .5 pixel line misregistration between the 1.55 to 1.75, 2.08 to 2.35 micrometer bands and the first four bands. Also a four 30M line and column misregistration of the thermal IR band was observed. Radiometric evaluation included mean and variance analysis of individual detectors and principal components analysis. Results indicate that detector bias for all bands is very close or within tolerance. Bright spots were observed in the thermal IR band on an 18 line by 128 pixel grid. No explanation for this was pursued. The general overall quality of the TM was judged to be very high.

  19. Image Quality Assessment Kalpana Seshadrinathan, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas,

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    Wang, Zhou

    Image Quality Assessment Kalpana Seshadrinathan, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Robert J. Safranek of Image Processing, Elsevier, 2009. #12;1 Introduction Recent advances in digital imaging technology, computational speed, storage capacity, and networking have resulted in the proliferation of digital images, both

  20. Impact of screening for breast cancer in high-risk women on health-related quality of life

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    A J Rijnsburger; M L Essink-Bot; S van Dooren; G J J M Borsboom; C Seynaeve; C C M Bartels; J G M Klijn; A Tibben; H J de Koning

    2004-01-01

    The effectiveness of intensive surveillance in women at high risk for breast cancer due to a familial or genetic predisposition is uncertain and is currently being evaluated in a Dutch magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening (MRISC) study, in which annual imaging consists of mammography and MRI. Unfavourable side effects on health-related quality of life may arise from this screening process.

  1. Contrast-Enhanced Spectral Mammography: Comparison with Conventional Mammography and Histopathology in 152 Women

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    Luczy?ska, Elzbieta; Heinze-Paluchowska, Sylwia; Dyczek, Sonia; Rys, Janusz; Reinfuss, Marian

    2014-01-01

    Objective The goal of the study was to compare conventional mammography (MG) and contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) in preoperative women. Materials and Methods The study was approved by the local Ethics Committee and all participants provided informed consent. The study included 152 consecutive patients with 173 breast lesions diagnosed on MG or CESM. All MG examinations and consults were conducted in one oncology centre. Non-ionic contrast agent, at a total dose of 1.5 mL/kg body weight, was injected intravenous. Subsequently, CESM exams were performed with a mammography device, allowing dual-energy acquisitions. The entire procedure was done within the oncology centre. Images from low and high energy exposures were processed together and the combination provided an "iodine" image which outlined contrast up-take in the breast. Results MG detected 157 lesions in 150 patients, including 92 infiltrating cancers, 12 non-infiltrating cancers, and 53 benign lesions. CESM detected 149 lesions in 128 patients, including 101 infiltrating cancers, 13 non-infiltrating cancers, and 35 benign lesions. CESM sensitivity was 100% (vs. 91% for MG), specificity was 41% (vs. 15% for MG), area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.86 (vs. 0.67 for MG), and accuracy was 80% (vs. 65% for MG) for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Both MG and CESM overestimated lesion sizes compared to histopathology (p < 0.001). Conclusion CESM may provide higher sensitivity for breast cancer detection and greater diagnostic accuracy than conventional mammography. PMID:25469079

  2. Discovering Mammography-based Machine Learning Classifiers for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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    Raúl Ramos-Pollán; Miguel Angel Guevara-López; Cesar Suárez-Ortega; Guillermo Díaz-Herrero; Jose Miguel Franco-Valiente; Manuel Rubio-del-Solar; Naimy González-de-Posada; Mario Augusto Pires Vaz; Joana Loureiro; Isabel Ramos

    This work explores the design of mammography-based machine learning classifiers (MLC) and proposes a new method to build MLC\\u000a for breast cancer diagnosis. We massively evaluated MLC configurations to classify features vectors extracted from segmented\\u000a regions (pathological lesion or normal tissue) on craniocaudal (CC) and\\/or mediolateral oblique (MLO) mammography image views, providing BI-RADS diagnosis. Previously, appropriate combinations of image processing

  3. Food quality assessment by NIR hyperspectral imaging

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    Whitworth, Martin B.; Millar, Samuel J.; Chau, Astor

    2010-04-01

    Near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy is well established in the food industry for rapid compositional analysis of bulk samples. NIR hyperspectral imaging provides new opportunities to measure the spatial distribution of components such as moisture and fat, and to identify and measure specific regions of composite samples. An NIR hyperspectral imaging system has been constructed for food research applications, incorporating a SWIR camera with a cooled 14 bit HgCdTe detector and N25E spectrograph (Specim Ltd, Finland). Samples are scanned in a pushbroom mode using a motorised stage. The system has a spectral resolution of 256 pixels covering a range of 970-2500 nm and a spatial resolution of 320 pixels covering a swathe adjustable from 8 to 300 mm. Images are acquired at a rate of up to 100 lines s-1, enabling samples to be scanned within a few seconds. Data are captured using SpectralCube software (Specim) and analysed using ENVI and IDL (ITT Visual Information Solutions). Several food applications are presented. The strength of individual absorbance bands enables the distribution of particular components to be assessed. Examples are shown for detection of added gluten in wheat flour and to study the effect of processing conditions on fat distribution in chips/French fries. More detailed quantitative calibrations have been developed to study evolution of the moisture distribution in baguettes during storage at different humidities, to assess freshness of fish using measurements of whole cod and fillets, and for prediction of beef quality by identification and separate measurement of lean and fat regions.

  4. Contrast sensitivity function calibration based on image quality prediction

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    Han, Yu; Cai, Yunze

    2014-11-01

    Contrast sensitivity functions (CSFs) describe visual stimuli based on their spatial frequency. However, CSF calibration is limited by the size of the sample collection and this remains an open issue. In this study, we propose an approach for calibrating CSFs that is based on the hypothesis that a precise CSF model can accurately predict image quality. Thus, CSF calibration is regarded as the inverse problem of image quality prediction according to our hypothesis. A CSF could be calibrated by optimizing the performance of a CSF-based image quality metric using a database containing images with known quality. Compared with the traditional method, this would reduce the work involved in sample collection dramatically. In the present study, we employed three image databases to optimize some existing CSF models. The experimental results showed that the performance of a three-parameter CSF model was better than that of other models. The results of this study may be helpful in CSF and image quality research.

  5. Reduced-Reference Quality Assessment for JPEG-2000 Compressed Image

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    Park, Ha-Joong; Jung, Ho-Youl

    Image quality assessment method is a methodology that measures the difference of quality between the reference image and its distorted one. In this paper, we propose a novel reduced-reference (RR) quality assessment method for JPEG-2000 compressed images, which exploits the statistical characteristics of context information extracted through partial entropy decoding or decoding. These statistical features obtained in the process of JPEG-2000 encoding are transmitted to the receiver as side information and used to estimate the quality of images transmitted over various noisy channels at the decompression side. In the framework of JPEG-2000, the context of a current coefficient is determined depending on the pattern of the significance and/or the sign of its neighbors in three bit-plane coding passes and four coding modes. As the context information represents the local property of images, it can efficiently describe textured pattern and edge orientation. The quality of transmitted images is measured by the difference of entropy of context information between received and original images. Moreover, the proposed quality assessment method can directly process the images in the JPEG-2000 compressed domain without full decompression. Therefore, our proposed can accelerate the work of assessing image quality. Through simulations, we demonstrate that our method achieves fairly good performance in terms of the quality measurement accuracy as well as the computational complexity.

  6. What do users really perceive: probing the subjective image quality

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    Nyman, Göte; Radun, Jenni; Leisti, Tuomas; Oja, Joni; Ojanen, Harri; Olives, Jean-Luc; Vuori, Tero; Häkkinen, Jukka

    2006-01-01

    Image evaluation schemes must fulfill both objective and subjective requirements. Objective image quality evaluation models are often preferred over subjective quality evaluation, because of their fastness and cost-effectiveness. However, the correlation between subjective and objective estimations is often poor. One of the key reasons for this is that it is not known what image features subjects use when they evaluate image quality. We have studied subjective image quality evaluation in the case of image sharpness. We used an Interpretation-based Quality (IBQ) approach, which combines both qualitative and quantitative approaches to probe the observer's quality experience. Here we examine how naive subjects experienced and classified natural images, whose sharpness was changing. Together the psychometric and qualitative information obtained allows the correlation of quantitative evaluation data with its underlying subjective attribute sets. This offers guidelines to product designers and developers who are responsible for image quality. Combining these methods makes the end-user experience approachable and offers new ways to improve objective image quality evaluation schemes.

  7. Image quality assessment method in intelligent transportation systems

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    Wang, Bangping; You, Jian; Xiao, Yijun; Wang, Feng

    2007-11-01

    In modern ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), the close shot images captured by camera are used to precise recognition of information of vehicles such as VLP (vehicle license plate), VS(vehicle shape) , VBC(vehicle body color) and etc. The precise recognition of vehicle information seriously depends upon quality of images captured by camera. The assessment of image quality is a meaningful work, which can be used to monitor the working state and adjust the control parameters of camera, further more can guide the recognition of information of vehicle. This paper proposes a novel content-based method of assessing images quality for close shot ones in ITS . The method is objective image quality assessment without reference image, which is point to single image. The assessment includes distortion type and distortion amount. Experiments show the method is valid and robust.

  8. Quality assessment of images illuminated by dim LCD backlight

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    Huang, Tai-Hsiang; Kao, Chen-Tai; Chen, Homer H.

    2012-03-01

    We consider the quality assessment of images displayed on a liquid crystal display (LCD) with dim backlight-a situation where the power consumption of the LCD is set to a low level. This energy saving mode of LCD decreases the perceived image quality. In particular, some image regions may appear so dark that they become non-perceptible to human eye. The problem becomes more severe when the image is illuminated with very dim backlight. Ignoring the effect of dim backlight on image quality assessment and directly applying an image quality assessment metric to the entire image may produce results inconsistent with human evaluation. We propose a method to fix the problem. The proposed method works as a precursor of image quality assessment. Specifically, given an image and the backlight intensity level of the LCD on which the image is to be displayed, the method automatically classifies the pixels of an image into perceptible and non-perceptible pixels according to the backlight intensity level and excludes the nonperceptible pixels from quality assessment. Experimental results are shown to demonstrate the performance of the proposed method.

  9. Meat Quality Evaluation by Hyperspectral Imaging Technique: An Overview

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    Gamal Elmasry; Douglas F. Barbin; Da-Wen Sun; Paul Allen

    2012-01-01

    During the last two decades, a number of methods have been developed to objectively measure meat quality attributes. Hyperspectral imaging technique as one of these methods has been regarded as a smart and promising analytical tool for analyses conducted in research and industries. Recently there has been a renewed interest in using hyperspectral imaging in quality evaluation of different food

  10. Telepresence and Video Games: The Impact of Image Quality

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    Cheryl Campanella Bracken; Paul Skalski

    2009-01-01

    This study investigates the impact of video game image quality on telepresence. Past research has demonstrated positive associations between television image quality and presence and video game technology and presence. No study to date, however, has examined the presence effects of video games played in high definition, which is becoming increasingly common due to the diffusion of new TV technologies

  11. PERFORMANCE OF DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAPHY DIFFERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND DENMARK

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    Jensen, Allan; Geller, Berta M.; Gard, Charlotte C.; Miglioretti, Diana L.; Yankaskas, Bonnie; Carney, Patricia A.; Rosenberg, Robert D.; Vejborg, Ilse; Lynge, Elsebeth

    2013-01-01

    Diagnostic mammography is the primary imaging modality to diagnose breast cancer. However, few studies have evaluated variability in diagnostic mammography performance in communities, and none has done so between countries. We compared diagnostic mammography performance in community-based settings in the United States and Denmark. The performance of 93,585 diagnostic mammograms from 180 facilities contributing data to the U.S. Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) from 1999 through 2001 was compared to that of all 51,313 diagnostic mammograms performed at Danish clinics in 2000. We used the imaging workup’s final assessment to determine sensitivity, specificity, and an estimate of accuracy: area under the receiver-operating characteristics (ROC) curve (AUC). Diagnostic mammography had slightly higher sensitivity in the United States (85%) than in Denmark (82%). In contrast, it had higher specificity in Denmark (99%) than in the United States (93%). The AUC was high in both countries: U.S. 0.91; and Denmark 0.95. Denmark’s higher accuracy may result from supplementary ultrasound examinations, which are provided to 74% of Danish women but only 37% to 52% of U.S. women. In addition, Danish mammography facilities specialize in either diagnosis or screening, possibly leading to greater diagnostic mammography expertise in facilities dedicated to symptomatic patients. Performance of community-based diagnostic mammography settings varied markedly between the two countries, indicating that it can be further optimized. PMID:20104518

  12. Breast cancer detection: radiologists’ performance using mammography with and without automated whole-breast ultrasound

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    Dean, Judy; Lee, Sung-Jae; Comulada, W. Scott

    2010-01-01

    Objective Radiologist reader performance for breast cancer detection using mammography plus automated whole-breast ultrasound (AWBU) was compared with mammography alone. Methods Screenings for non-palpable breast malignancies in women with radiographically dense breasts with contemporaneous mammograms and AWBU were reviewed by 12 radiologists blinded to the diagnoses; half the studies were abnormal. Readers first reviewed the 102 mammograms. The American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BIRADS) and Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST) likelihood ratings were recorded with location information for identified abnormalities. Readers then reviewed the mammograms and AWBU with knowledge of previous mammogram-only evaluation. We compared reader performance across screening techniques using absolute callback, areas under the curve (AUC), and figure of merit (FOM). Results True positivity of cancer detection increased 63%, with only a 4% decrease in true negativity. Reader-averaged AUC was higher for mammography plus AWBU compared with mammography alone by BIRADS (0.808 versus 0.701) and likelihood scores (0.810 versus 0.703). Similarly, FOM was higher for mammography plus AWBU compared with mammography alone by BIRADS (0.786 versus 0.613) and likelihood scores (0.791 versus 0.614). Conclusion Adding AWBU to mammography improved callback rates, accuracy of breast cancer detection, and confidence in callbacks for dense-breasted women. PMID:20632009

  13. Update on new technologies in digital mammography

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    Patterson, Stephanie K; Roubidoux, Marilyn A

    2014-01-01

    Despite controversy regarding mammography’s efficacy, it continues to be the most commonly used breast cancer-screening modality. With the development of digital mammography, some improved benefit has been shown in women with dense breast tissue. However, the density of breast tissue continues to limit the sensitivity of conventional mammography. We discuss the development of some derivative digital technologies, primarily digital breast tomosynthesis, and their strengths, weaknesses, and potential patient impact. PMID:25152634

  14. A method to measure paddle and detector pressures and footprints in mammography

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    Hogg, Peter; Szczepura, Katy [University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester M6 6PU (United Kingdom); Darlington, Alison [Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester M8 5RB (United Kingdom); Maxwell, Anthony [Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton BL4 0JR (United Kingdom)

    2013-04-15

    Purpose: Compression is necessary in mammography to improve image quality and reduce radiation burden. Maximizing the amount of breast in contact with the image receptor (IR) is important. To achieve this, for the craniocaudal projection, there is no consensus within the literature regarding how the IR should be positioned relative to the inframammary fold (IMF). No information exists within the literature to describe how pressure balancing between IR and paddle, and IR breast footprint, might be optimized. This paper describes a novel method for measuring the respective pressures applied to the breast from the IR and the paddle and a method to simultaneously measure the breast footprints on the IR and the paddle. Methods: Using a deformable breast phantom and electronic pressure-sensitive mat, area and pressure readings were gathered from two mammography machines and four paddles at 60, 80, and 100 N with the IR positioned at -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2 cm relative to the IMF (60 combinations in total). Results: Paddle and IR footprints were calculated along with a uniformity index (UI). For all four paddle/machine/pressure combinations the greatest IR footprint was achieved at IMF +2 cm. The UI indicates that the best pressure/footprint balance is achieved at IMF +1 cm. Conclusions: The authors' method appears to be suited to measuring breast footprints and pressures on IR and paddle and a human female study is planned.

  15. Generalized relative quality assessment scheme for reconstructed medical images.

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    Wang, Shaoze; Ding, Yong; Dai, Hang; Qian, Dahong; Yu, Xinfeng; Zhang, Minming

    2014-01-01

    A generalized relative quality (RQ) assessment scheme is proposed here based on the Bayesian inference theory, which is reasonable to make use of full reference (FR) algorithms when the evaluation of the quality of homogeneous medical images is required. Each FR algorithm is taken as a kernel to represent the level of quality. Although, various kernels generate different order of magnitude, a normalization process can rationalize the quality index within 0 and 1, where 1 represent the highest quality and 0 represents the lowest quality. To validate the performance of the proposed scheme, a series of reconstructed susceptibility weighted imaging images are collected, where each image has its subjective scale. Both experimental results and a ROC analysis show that the RQ obtained from the proposed scheme is consistent with subjective evaluation. PMID:25226992

  16. Fundamental limits of positron emission mammography

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    Moses, William W.; Qi, Jinyi

    2001-06-01

    We explore the causes of performance limitation in positron emission mammography cameras. We compare two basic camera geometries containing the same volume of 511 keV photon detectors, one with a parallel plane geometry and another with a rectangular geometry. We find that both geometries have similar performance for the phantom imaged (in Monte Carlo simulation), even though the solid angle coverage of the rectangular camera is about 50 percent higher than the parallel plane camera. The reconstruction algorithm used significantly affects the resulting image; iterative methods significantly outperform the commonly used focal plane tomography. Finally, the characteristics of the tumor itself, specifically the absolute amount of radiotracer taken up by the tumor, will significantly affect the imaging performance.

  17. [Synchrotron radiation: a new source in x-ray mammography].

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    Burattini, E; Gambaccini, M; Indovina, P L; Pocek, M; Simonetti, G

    1992-09-01

    This work was aimed at evaluating the image quality obtainable in X-ray mammography using synchrotron radiation monochromatic lines. After a short review of the current mammographic techniques, the main features of synchroton radiation in the X-ray field are analyzed, especially of that emitted by the Adone storage ring. Its features are then compared with the radiation emitted by a Coolidge tube. The experimental unit used in this study, including beamline, monochromator and mammograph, is then described together with the experimental method for carrying out a series of experiments in the mammographic field employing both monochromatic lines (E = 17 keV) and white radiation from conventional sources. The first series of experiments is described, which employed standard phantoms: the dependence of resolution and contrast on both wavelength and thickness of breast specimens is reported. Several mammograms of neoplastic breast specimens were obtained after mastectomy: they were acquired using both synchrotron monochromatic lines and radiation emitted by a conventional tube and employing the same acquisition system. The comparison of the two series of images shows that synchrotron radiation can demonstrate a high number of anatomopathologic details with high definition, contrast and resolution which cannot be obtained by means of a conventional source. Our results appear very promising and suggest synchrotron radiation as the major tool in the early diagnosis of neoplastic breast lesions. PMID:1410660

  18. 27 A BAYESIAN NETWORK TO ASSIST MAMMOGRAPHY

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    Rubin, Daniel L.

    performed some preliminary evaluations in test cases from a mammography atlas and in a prospective series Mammography is a vital screening test for breast cancer because early diagnosis is the most effective means among women aged 40 to 59 years [1]. Mammography has been shown to be effective in detecting breast

  19. Barriers to Mammography among Inadequately Screened Women

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    Stoll, Carolyn R. T.; Roberts, Summer; Cheng, Meng-Ru; Crayton, Eloise V.; Jackson, Sherrill; Politi, Mary C.

    2015-01-01

    Mammography use has increased over the past 20 years, yet more than 30% of women remain inadequately screened. Structural barriers can deter individuals from screening, however, cognitive, emotional, and communication barriers may also prevent mammography use. This study sought to identify the impact of number and type of barriers on mammography

  20. Image processing system performance prediction and product quality evaluation

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    Stein, E. K.; Hammill, H. B. (principal investigators)

    1976-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. A new technique for image processing system performance prediction and product quality evaluation was developed. It was entirely objective, quantitative, and general, and should prove useful in system design and quality control. The technique and its application to determination of quality control procedures for the Earth Resources Technology Satellite NASA Data Processing Facility are described.

  1. Slot scanning versus antiscatter grid in digital mammography: comparison of low-contrast performance using contrast-detail measurement

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    Lai, Chao-Jen; Shaw, Chris C.; Geiser, William; Kappadath, Srinivas C.; Liu, Xinming; Wang, TianPeng; Tu, Shu-Ju; Altunbas, Mustafa C.

    2004-05-01

    Slot scanning imaging techniques allow for effective scatter rejection without attenuating primary x-rays. The use of these techniques should generate better image quality for the same mean glandular dose (MGD) or a similar image quality for a lower MGD as compared to imaging techniques using an anti-scatter grid. In this study, we compared a slot scanning digital mammography system (SenoScan, Fisher Imaging Systems, Denver, CO) to a full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system used in conjunction with a 5:1 anti-scatter grid (SenoGraphe 2000D, General Electric Medical Systems, Milwaukee, WI). Images of a contrast-detail phantom (University Hospital Nijmegen, The Netherlands) were reviewed to measure the contrast-detail curves for both systems. These curves were measured at 100%, 71%, 49% and 33% of the reference mean glandular dose (MGD), as determined by photo-timing, for the Fisher system and 100% for the GE system. Soft-copy reading was performed on review workstations provided by the manufacturers. The correct observation ratios (CORs) were also computed and used to compare the performance of the two systems. The results showed that, based on the contrast-detail curves, the performance of the Fisher images, acquired at 100% and 71% of the reference MGD, was comparable to the GE images at 100% of the reference MGD. The CORs for Fisher images were 0.463 and 0.444 at 100% and 71% of the reference MGD, respectively, compared to 0.453 for the GE images at 100% of the reference MGD.

  2. Fractal analysis for reduced reference image quality assessment.

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    Xu, Yong; Liu, Delei; Quan, Yuhui; Le Callet, Patrick

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, multifractal analysis is adapted to reduced-reference image quality assessment (RR-IQA). A novel RR-QA approach is proposed, which measures the difference of spatial arrangement between the reference image and the distorted image in terms of spatial regularity measured by fractal dimension. An image is first expressed in Log-Gabor domain. Then, fractal dimensions are computed on each Log-Gabor subband and concatenated as a feature vector. Finally, the extracted features are pooled as the quality score of the distorted image using l1 distance. Compared with existing approaches, the proposed method measures image quality from the perspective of the spatial distribution of image patterns. The proposed method was evaluated on seven public benchmark data sets. Experimental results have demonstrated the excellent performance of the proposed method in comparison with state-of-the-art approaches. PMID:25794391

  3. Evaluation of lossy data compression in primary interpretation for full-field digital mammography.

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    Kovacs, Mark D; Reicher, Joshua J; Grotts, Jonathan F; Reicher, Murray A; Trambert, Michael A

    2015-03-01

    OBJECTIVE. For full-field digital mammography (FFDM), federal regulations prohibit lossy data compression for primary reading and archiving, unlike all other medical images, where reading physicians can apply their professional judgment in implementing lossy compression. Faster image transfer, lower costs, and greater access to expert mammographers would result from development of a safe standard for primary interpretation and archive of lossy-compressed FFDM images. This investigation explores whether JPEG 2000 80:1 lossy data compression affects clinical accuracy in digital mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Randomized FFDM cases (n = 194) were interpreted by six experienced mammographers with and without JPEG 2000 80:1 lossy compression applied. A cancer-enriched population was used, with just less than half of the cases (42%) containing subtle (< 1 cm) biopsy-proven cancerous lesions, and the remaining cases were negative as proven by 2-year follow-up. Data were analyzed using the jackknife alternative free-response ROC (JAFROC) method. RESULTS. The differences in reader performance between lossy-compressed and non-lossy-compressed images using lesion localization (0.660 vs 0.671), true-positive fraction (0.879 vs 0.879), and false-positive fraction (0.283 vs 0.271) were not statistically significant. There was no difference in the JAFROC figure of merit between lossy-compressed and non-lossy-compressed images, with a mean difference of -0.01 (95% CI, -0.03 to 0.01; F1,5 = 2.30; p = 0.189). CONCLUSION. These results suggest that primary interpretation of JPEG 2000 80:1 lossy-compressed FFDM images may be viable without degradation of clinical quality. Benefits would include lower storage costs, faster telemammography, and enhanced access to expert mammographers. PMID:25714287

  4. Dynamic flat panel detector versus image intensifier in cardiac imaging: dose and image quality

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    Vano, E.; Geiger, B.; Schreiner, A.; Back, C.; Beissel, J.

    2005-12-01

    The practical aspects of the dosimetric and imaging performance of a digital x-ray system for cardiology procedures were evaluated. The system was configured with an image intensifier (II) and later upgraded to a dynamic flat panel detector (FD). Entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) to phantoms of 16, 20, 24 and 28 cm of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and the image quality of a test object were measured. Images were evaluated directly on the monitor and with numerical methods (noise and signal-to-noise ratio). Information contained in the DICOM header for dosimetry audit purposes was also tested. ESAK values per frame (or kerma rate) for the most commonly used cine and fluoroscopy modes for different PMMA thicknesses and for field sizes of 17 and 23 cm for II, and 20 and 25 cm for FD, produced similar results in the evaluated system with both technologies, ranging between 19 and 589 µGy/frame (cine) and 5 and 95 mGy min-1 (fluoroscopy). Image quality for these dose settings was better for the FD version. The 'study dosimetric report' is comprehensive, and its numerical content is sufficiently accurate. There is potential in the future to set those systems with dynamic FD to lower doses than are possible in the current II versions, especially for digital cine runs, or to benefit from improved image quality.

  5. The effect of image sharpness on quantitative eye movement data and on image quality evaluation while viewing natural images

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    Vuori, Tero; Olkkonen, Maria

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the study is to test both customer image quality rating (subjective image quality) and physical measurement of user behavior (eye movements tracking) to find customer satisfaction differences in imaging technologies. Methodological aim is to find out whether eye movements could be quantitatively used in image quality preference studies. In general, we want to map objective or physically measurable image quality to subjective evaluations and eye movement data. We conducted a series of image quality tests, in which the test subjects evaluated image quality while we recorded their eye movements. Results show that eye movement parameters consistently change according to the instructions given to the user, and according to physical image quality, e.g. saccade duration increased with increasing blur. Results indicate that eye movement tracking could be used to differentiate image quality evaluation strategies that the users have. Results also show that eye movements would help mapping between technological and subjective image quality. Furthermore, these results give some empirical emphasis to top-down perception processes in image quality perception and evaluation by showing differences between perceptual processes in situations when cognitive task varies.

  6. Comparison of the astronomical and multimedia image quality criteria

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    Anisimova, Elena; Páta, Petr; Fliegel, Karel; Klíma, Miloš

    2012-06-01

    This paper deals with the criteria definition of image quality in astronomy and their comparison with common multimedia approaches. Astronomical images have typical specific properties - high grayscale bit depth, size, high noise occurrence, sensitivity to point spread function deformation and special processing algorithms. They belong to the class of scientific images as well as medical or similar. Their processing and compression is quite different from the classical approach of multimedia image processing. The new compression algorithm based on JPEG2000 is selected as a distortion source in this paper. Selected image quality criteria (multimedia and optimized for astronomical images) are tested on the set of images from the DEIMOS image database with miscellaneous level of the thermally generated CCD noise. The deformation of the point spread function (PSF) is also measured for chosen compression approach.

  7. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of awake monkeys: some approaches for improving imaging quality

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    Roe, Anna Wang

    quality Gang Chena, b, c, 1 , Feng Wangb, c, 1 , Barbara C. Dillenburgerb, c, 2 , Robert M. Friedmana , Li procedures to improve image quality with encouraging results. We evaluated the influence of two main

  8. Development of a fast read-out system of a single photon counting detector for mammography with synchrotron radiation

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    Lopez, F. C.; Rigon, L.; Longo, R.; Arfelli, F.; Bergamaschi, A.; Chen, R. C.; Dreossi, D.; Schmitt, B.; Vallazza, E.; Castelli, E.

    2011-12-01

    A single-photon counting detector read-out system for mammography with synchrotron radiation has been developed with the aim to meet the needs of the mammographic imaging station of the SYRMEP beamline at ELETTRA. The system called PICASSO (Phase Imaging for Clinical Application with Silicon detector and Synchrotron radiatiOn) is a modular detector that implements a read-out system with MYTHEN II ASICs, an embedded Linux-based controller board and a Scientific Linux acquisition workstation. The system architecture and characteristics are herein presented. The system was tested at the SYRMEP beamline and achieved a frame rate of 33 Hz for 8448 channels at 24-bit dynamic range, and it is capable of continuously acquiring up to 2000 frames. Standard mammographic phantoms were imaged and good quality images were obtained at doses comparable with what is delivered in conventional full field mammographic systems.

  9. Image quality assessment by preprocessing and full reference model combination

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    Bianco, S.; Ciocca, G.; Marini, F.; Schettini, R.

    2009-01-01

    This paper focuses on full-reference image quality assessment and presents different computational strategies aimed to improve the robustness and accuracy of some well known and widely used state of the art models, namely the Structural Similarity approach (SSIM) by Wang and Bovik and the S-CIELAB spatial-color model by Zhang and Wandell. We investigate the hypothesis that combining error images with a visual attention model could allow a better fit of the psycho-visual data of the LIVE Image Quality assessment Database Release 2. We show that the proposed quality assessment metric better correlates with the experimental data.

  10. Image quality assessment using full-parameter singular value decomposition

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    Wang, Rui; Cui, Yu-Zhu; Yuan, Yan

    2011-05-01

    A new full-parameter singular value decomposition-based image quality assessment (IQA) method, which aims at capturing the loss of structural content instead of measuring the distortion of pixel intensity value, is proposed. Both the singular vectors and the singular value are considered as features and weight for quantifying major information, respectively, to evaluate the distortion degree in images. Extensive validation experiments are conducted with two kinds of test images, one of which is the LIVE database supplied by the University of Texas and the other is created from our own simulation. The prediction performance of the presented metrics, such as accuracy, monotonicity, and consistency, is measured. The experiment results show that, compared to several state-of-the-art image quality metrics, the performance of the proposed IQA is in better alignment with the perception of the human visual system in predicting image quality, particularly when comparing images containing different types of distortions.

  11. SAR image quality using advanced pulse compression noise (APCN)

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    Govoni, Mark A.; Elwell, Ryan A.

    2014-05-01

    This work demonstrates the feasibility of using the advanced pulse compression noise (APCN) radar waveform for synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Using a simple image formation process (IFP), we not only show that we can successfully form images using the APCN waveform, but we grow our understanding of how different combinations of APCN waveforms and side lobe weighting functions impact SAR image quality. In this paper, an analysis is presented that compares the target range point spread function (PSF) for several simulated SAR images.

  12. Image quality analysis of compressed synthetic aperture radar imagery

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    Kuperman, Gilbert G.; Penrod, Todd D.

    1993-01-01

    The study investigated the effects of image compression processing on synthetic aperture radar imagery. Image quality measurements were performed before and after compression. Image fidelity measurements were made comparing the compressed and original versions of each image. Operator performance was assessed using an interpretability rating scale. Possible effects of an interaction between compression and automatic target recognizer performance were explored using a generic constant false alarm rate automatic target cuer algorithm.

  13. WAVELET-BASED FOVEATED IMAGE QUALITY MEASUREMENT FOR REGION OF INTEREST IMAGE CODING

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    Wang, Zhou

    resolution images. These metrics are not appropriate for the assessment of ROI coded images, where space-variant is that the human visual system (HVS) is highly space-variant in sampling, coding, processing and understandingWAVELET-BASED FOVEATED IMAGE QUALITY MEASUREMENT FOR REGION OF INTEREST IMAGE CODING Zhou Wang1

  14. Interplay between JPEG-2000 image coding and quality estimation

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    Pinto, Guilherme O.; Hemami, Sheila S.

    2013-03-01

    Image quality and utility estimators aspire to quantify the perceptual resemblance and the usefulness of a distorted image when compared to a reference natural image, respectively. Image-coders, such as JPEG-2000, traditionally aspire to allocate the available bits to maximize the perceptual resemblance of the compressed image when compared to a reference uncompressed natural image. Specifically, this can be accomplished by allocating the available bits to minimize the overall distortion, as computed by a given quality estimator. This paper applies five image quality and utility estimators, SSIM, VIF, MSE, NICE and GMSE, within a JPEG-2000 encoder for rate-distortion optimization to obtain new insights on how to improve JPEG-2000 image coding for quality and utility applications, as well as to improve the understanding about the quality and utility estimators used in this work. This work develops a rate-allocation algorithm for arbitrary quality and utility estimators within the Post- Compression Rate-Distortion Optimization (PCRD-opt) framework in JPEG-2000 image coding. Performance of the JPEG-2000 image coder when used with a variety of utility and quality estimators is then assessed. The estimators fall into two broad classes, magnitude-dependent (MSE, GMSE and NICE) and magnitudeindependent (SSIM and VIF). They further differ on their use of the low-frequency image content in computing their estimates. The impact of these computational differences is analyzed across a range of images and bit rates. In general, performance of the JPEG-2000 coder below 1.6 bits/pixel with any of these estimators is highly content dependent, with the most relevant content being the amount of texture in an image and whether the strongest gradients in an image correspond to the main contours of the scene. Above 1.6 bits/pixel, all estimators produce visually equivalent images. As a result, the MSE estimator provides the most consistent performance across all images, while specific estimators are expected to provide improved performance for images with suitable content.

  15. A comparison of the performance of new screen-film and digital mammography systems

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    Monnin, P.; Gutierrez, D.; Castella, C.; Lepori, D.; Verdun, F. R.

    2006-03-01

    This work compares the detector performances of the recent Kodak Min-R EV 190/Min-R EV and current Kodak Min-R 2190/Min-R 2000 mammography screen-film combinations with the Kodak CR 850M system using the new EHR-M and standard HR plates. Basic image quality parameters (MTF, NNPS and DQE) were evaluated according to ISO 9236-3 conditions (i.e. 28 kV; Mo/Mo; HVL = 0.64 mm eq. Al) at an entrance air kerma level of 60 ?Gy. Compared with the Min-R 2000, the Kodak Min-R EV screen-film system has a higher contrast and an intrinsically lower noise level, leading to a better DQE. Due to a lower noise level, the new EHR-M plate improves the DQE of the CR system, in comparison with the use of the standard HR plate (30 % improvement) in a mammography cassette. Compared with the CR plates, screen-film systems still permit to resolve finer details and have a significantly higher DQE for all spatial frequencies.

  16. Biomarker, Imaging and Quality of Life Studies Funding Program (BIQSFP)

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    Funded NCTN and NCORP Research Bases can apply for funding to support biomarker, imaging, and quality of life studies with or without Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) proposals associated with NCI network trials.

  17. Digital Receptor Image Quality Evaluation: Effect of Different Filtration Schemes

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    Murphy, Simon; Christianson, Olav; Amurao, Maxwell; Samei, Ehsan

    2010-04-01

    The International Electrotechnical Commission provides a standard measurement methodology to provide performance intercomparison between imaging systems. Its formalism specifies beam quality based on half value layer attained by target kVp and additional Al filtration. Similar beam quality may be attained more conveniently using a filtration combination of Cu and Al. This study aimed to compare the two filtration schemes by their effects on image quality in terms of signal-difference-to-noise ratio, spatial resolution, exposure index, noise power spectrum, modulation transfer function, and detective quantum efficiency. A comparative assessment of the images was performed by analyzing commercially available image quality assessment phantom and by following the IEC 62220-3 formalism.

  18. Biomarker, Imaging and Quality of LIfe Studies Funding Program (BIQSFP)

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    Funded Cooperative Groups (CGs) and funded Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) Research Bases are invited to apply for funding to support essential biomarker, imaging, and quality of life studies which are associated with clinical trial concepts.

  19. Experience with a proposed teleradiology system for digital mammography

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    Saulnier, Emilie T.; Mitchell, Robert J.; Abdel-Malek, Aiman A.; Dudding, Kathryn E.

    1995-05-01

    Teleradiology offers significant improvement in efficiency and effectiveness over current practices in traditional film/screen-based diagnosis. In the context of digital mammography, the increasing number of women who need to be screened for breast cancer, including those in remote rural regions, make the advantages of teleradiology especially attractive for digital mammography. At the same time, the size and resolution of digital mammograms are among the most challenging to support in a cost effective teleradiology system. This paper describes a teleradiology architecture developed for use with digital mammography by GE Corporate Research and Development in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital under National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH) grant number R01 CA60246-01. Experience with a testbed prototype is described. The telemammography architecture is intended to consist of a main mammography diagnostic site serving several remote screening sites. As patient exams become available, they are forwarded by an image server to the diagnostic site over a WAN communications link. A radiologist at the diagnostic site views a patient exam as it arrives, interprets it, and then relays a report back to the technician at the remote site. A secondary future scenario consists of mobile units which forward images to a remote site, which then forwards them to the main diagnostic site. The testbed architecture is based on the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard, created by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). A specification of vendor-independent data formats and data transfer services for digital medical images, DICOM specifies a protocol suite starting at the application layer downward, including the TCP/IP layers. The current DICOM definition does not provide an information element that is specifically tailored to mammography, so we have used the DICOM secondary capture data format for the mammography images. In conclusion, experience with the testbed is described, as is performance analysis related to selection of network components needed to extend this architecture to clinical evaluation. Recommendations are made as to the critical areas for future work.

  20. Experimental Approach for Human Perception Based Image Quality Assessment

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    Jin-seo Kim; Maeng-sub Cho; Bon-ki Koo

    2006-01-01

    The term ‘image quality’ is a subject notion so it is difficult to quantify. However, it can be reasonably quantified by using\\u000a statistical and psychophysical approaches. Furthermore, it is also possible to model the human perception of image quality.\\u000a In this paper, large scale psychophysical experiments including pair comparison and categorical judgment were carried out\\u000a to judge the perception of

  1. Need for an image quality assurance program in clinical teleradiology

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    Telepak, Robert J.; Kelsey, Charles A.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this paper is to report on the experience we have gained with regard to image quality assurance (QA) in a clinical teleradiology practice between a central university hub and multiple very remote rural spokes in a two state area. Identical standard SMPTE test pattern images were supplied to each remote site which digitized and transmitted them at monthly intervals to the hub for QA analysis. Many types of image quality inadequacies were detected. These included vertical artifact lines from dirt in the scanning mechanism, inadequate spatial resolution, inadequate contrast resolution, brightness imbalance, and variable distortions of the image. A predictable pattern of digitizer malfunction was not detected. While the quality of some sites remained relatively stable over many months, others deteriorated rapidly. We conclude that a continuous QA image screening program is essential in a hub and spoke teleradiology operation with the type and interval of screening depending upon multiple factors described in this paper.

  2. Dosimetry and image quality assessment in a direct radiography system

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    Oliveira, Bruno Beraldo; de Oliveira, Marcio Alves; Paixão, Lucas; Teixeira, Maria Helena Araújo; Nogueira, Maria do Socorro

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the mean glandular dose with a solid state detector and the image quality in a direct radiography system, utilizing phantoms. Materials and Methods Irradiations were performed with automatic exposure control and polymethyl methacrylate slabs with different thicknesses to calculate glandular dose values. The image quality was evaluated by means of the structures visualized on the images of the phantoms. Results Considering the uncertainty of the measurements, the mean glandular dose results are in agreement with the values provided by the equipment and with internationally adopted reference levels. Results obtained from images of the phantoms were in agreement with the reference values. Conclusion The present study contributes to verify the equipment conformity as regards dose values and image quality. PMID:25741119

  3. Image matting based high-quality stereo view synthesis

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    Kannan, Hariprasad; Iyer, Kiran N.; Maiti, Kausik; Purbiya, Devendra; Bopardikar, Ajit; Sharma, Anshul

    2010-07-01

    The commercial success and acceptability of 3D technology will critically depend on the overall visual quality of the rendered images. Therefore Depth Image Based Rendering (DIBR) is a crucial component of the 3D system chain. In this paper, we describe a high quality DIBR system for view synthesis. In particular, a procedure is outlined for the processing of the so-called mixed pixels at object boundaries. A Layered Depth Image (LDI) representation of the scene is obtained given an image and corresponding depth map. In the process, all significant mixed pixels in the image are automatically separated into their local foreground and local background. Our results show superior rendering quality, especially at object edges.

  4. Toward high-quality image communications: inverse problems in image processing

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    Jung, Cheolkon; Jiao, Licheng; Liu, Bing; Qi, Hongtao; Sun, Tian

    2012-10-01

    Recently, image communications are becoming increasingly popular, and there is a growing need for consumers to be provided with high-quality services. Although the image communication services already exist over third-generation wireless networks, there are still obstacles that prevent high-quality image communications because of limited bandwidth. Thus, more research is required to overcome the limited bandwidth of current communications systems and achieve high-quality image reconstruction in real applications. From the point of view of image processing, core technologies for high-quality image reconstruction are face hallucination and compression artifact reduction. The main interests of consumers are facial regions and several compression artifacts inevitably occur by compression; these two technologies are closely related to inverse problems in image processing. We review recent studies on face hallucination and compression artifact reduction, and provide an outline of current research. Furthermore, we discuss practical considerations and possible solutions to implement these two technologies in real mobile applications.

  5. Utilizing image scales towards totally training free blind image quality assessment.

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    Saha, Ashirbani; Wu, Qing Ming Jonathan

    2015-06-01

    A new approach to blind image quality assessment (BIQA), requiring no training, is proposed in this paper. The approach is named as blind image quality evaluator based on scales and works by evaluating the global difference of the query image analyzed at different scales with the query image at original resolution. The approach is based on the ability of the natural images to exhibit redundant information over various scales. A distorted image is considered as a deviation from the natural image and bereft of the redundancy present in the original image. The similarity of the original resolution image with its down-scaled version will decrease more when the image is distorted more. Therefore, the dissimilarities of an image with its low-resolution versions are cumulated in the proposed method. We dissolve the query image into its scale-space and measure the global dissimilarity with the co-occurrence histograms of the original and its scaled images. These scaled images are the low pass versions of the original image. The dissimilarity, called low pass error, is calculated by comparing the low pass versions across scales with the original image. The high pass versions of the image in different scales are obtained by Wavelet decomposition and their dissimilarity from the original image is also calculated. This dissimilarity, called high pass error, is computed with the variance and gradient histograms and weighted by the contrast sensitivity function to make it perceptually effective. These two kinds of dissimilarities are combined together to derive the quality score of the query image. This method requires absolutely no training with the distorted image, pristine images, or subjective human scores to predict the perceptual quality but uses the intrinsic global change of the query image across scales. The performance of the proposed method is evaluated across six publicly available databases and found to be competitive with the state-of-the-art techniques. PMID:25775489

  6. Relationship of subjective ratings of image quality and observer performance

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    Howard E. Rockette; Christopher M. Johns; Jane L. Weissman; J. Michael Holbert; Jules H. Sumkin; Jill L. King; David Gur

    1997-01-01

    The relationship between radiologists' perception of image quality and their actual performance was assessed. If the two variables are strongly correlated, the easier obtained perception of quality index might be used as a prerequisite test to determine if a ROC study is justified. One-hundred seventy cases were evaluated for the presence or absence of interstitial disease and nodules by nine

  7. Customer satisfaction, corporate image, and service quality in professional services

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    Mara Cameran; Peter Moizer; Angela Pettinicchio

    2010-01-01

    This study explores the impact of corporate image and service quality on customer satisfaction in the professional service industries. Data were collected on audit firms, sending a questionnaire to financial executives of leading Italian companies. The results show that the most important variable explaining customer satisfaction was the apparent effectiveness of the audit firm. In relation to service quality, managers'

  8. Quality Grade-Testing of Peanut Based on Image Processing

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    Han Zhong-zhi; Li Yan-zhao; Liu Jing; Zhao You-gang

    2010-01-01

    The quality of peanut kernels is referred to the every aspect of the profit of supply and marketing. A BP neural network model of quality grade testing and identification is built which is based on 52 appearance features such as the form, texture, and color and so on with technology of computer image processing. The testing aiming at 1400 grains

  9. Imaging quality analysis of multi-channel scanning radiometer

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    Fan, Hong; Xu, Wujun; Wang, Chengliang

    2008-03-01

    Multi-channel scanning radiometer, on boarding FY-2 geostationary meteorological satellite, plays a key role in remote sensing because of its wide field of view and continuous multi-spectral images acquirements. It is significant to evaluate image quality after performance parameters of the imaging system are validated. Several methods of evaluating imaging quality are discussed. Of these methods, the most fundamental is the MTF. The MTF of photoelectric scanning remote instrument, in the scanning direction, is the multiplication of optics transfer function (OTF), detector transfer function (DTF) and electronics transfer function (ETF). For image motion compensation, moving speed of scanning mirror should be considered. The optical MTF measurement is performed in both the EAST/WEST and NORTH/SOUTH direction, whose values are used for alignment purposes and are used to determine the general health of the instrument during integration and testing. Imaging systems cannot perfectly reproduce what they see and end up "blurring" the image. Many parts of the imaging system can cause blurring. Among these are the optical elements, the sampling of the detector itself, post-processing, or the earth's atmosphere for systems that image through it. Through theory calculation and actual measurement, it is proved that DTF and ETF are the main factors of system MTF and the imaging quality can satisfy the requirement of instrument design.

  10. Quality evaluation of ultrasound imaging in the carotid artery based on normalization and speckle reduction filtering

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    Christos P. Loizou; Constantinos S. Pattichis; Marios Pantziaris; T. Tyllis; Andrew Nicolaides

    2006-01-01

    Image quality is important when evaluating ultrasound images of the carotid for the assessment of the degree of atherosclerotic disease, or when transfer- ring images through a telemedicine channel, and\\/or in other image processing tasks. The objective of this study was to investigate the usefulness of image quality eval- uation based on image quality metrics and visual per- ception, in

  11. RIS-M-2170 COMPARISON OP IMAGE QUALITY

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    RISÃ?-M-2170 COMPARISON OP IMAGE QUALITY OP NUCLEAR FUEL NEUTRON RADIOGRAPHS TAKEN ON SILVER HALIDE AND NITROCELLULOSE FILM J.C. DOMAMUS Metallurgy Department Abstract. Paper accepted for presentation on 19.11.1979 to the Ninth World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing in Melbourne, Australia. For the assessment of image

  12. A new quality metric for compressed images based on DDCT

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    Lu, Wen; Li, Jing; Tao, Dacheng; Gao, Xinbo; Li, Xuelong

    2010-07-01

    As the performance-indicator of the image processing algorithms or systems, image quality assessment (IQA) has attracted the attention of many researchers. Aiming to the widely used compression standards, JPEG and JPEG2000, we propose a new no reference (NR) metric for compressed images to do IQA. This metric exploits the causes of distortion by JPEG and JPEG2000, employs the directional discrete cosine transform (DDCT) to obtain the detail and direction information of the images and incorporates with the visual perception to obtain the image quality index. Experimental results show that the proposed metric not only has outstanding performance on JPEG and JPEG2000 images, but also applicable to other types of artifacts.

  13. Digital radiography: image quality and radiation dose.

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    Seibert, J Anthony

    2008-11-01

    Digital radiography devices, rapidly replacing analog screen-film detectors, are now common in diagnostic radiological imaging, where implementation has been accelerated by the commodity status of electronic imaging and display systems. The shift from narrow latitude, fixed-speed screen-film detectors to wide latitude, variable-speed digital detectors has created a flexible imaging system that can easily result in overexposures to the patient without the knowledge of the operator, thus potentially increasing the radiation burden of the patient population from radiographic examinations. In addition, image processing can be inappropriately applied causing inconsistent or artifactual appearance of anatomy, which can lead to misdiagnosis. On the other hand, many advantages can be obtained from the variable-speed digital detector, such as an ability to lower dose in many examinations, image post-processing for disease-specific conditions, display flexibility to change the appearance of the image and aid the physician in making a differential diagnosis, and easy access to digital images. An understanding of digital radiography is necessary to minimize the possibility of overexposures and inconsistent results, and to achieve the principle of as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) for the safe and effective care of all patients. Thus many issues must be considered for optimal implementation of digital radiography, as reviewed in this article. PMID:18849693

  14. Quality evaluation of extra high quality images based on key assessment word

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    Kameda, Masashi; Hayashi, Hidehiko; Akamatsu, Shigeru; Miyahara, Makoto M.

    2001-06-01

    An all encompassing goal of our research is to develop an extra high quality imaging system which is able to convey a high level artistic impression faithfully. We have defined a high order sensation as such a high level artistic impression, and it is supposed that the high order sensation is expressed by the combination of the psychological factor which can be described by plural assessment words. In order to pursue the quality factors that are important for the reproduction of the high order sensation, we have focused on the image quality evaluation of the extra high quality images using the assessment words considering the high order sensation. In this paper, we have obtained the hierarchical structure between the collected assessment words and the principles of European painting based on the conveyance model of the high order sensation, and we have determined a key assessment word 'plasticity' which is able to evaluate the reproduction of the high order sensation more accurately. The results of the subjective assessment experiments using the prototype of the developed extra high quality imaging system have shown that the obtained key assessment word 'plasticity' is the most appropriate assessment word to evaluate the image quality of the extra high quality images quasi-quantitatively.

  15. A new method for quality assessment of hyperspectral images

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    A. Garzelli; F. Nencini; L. Alparone; S. Baronti

    2007-01-01

    This work focuses on quality assessment of fusion of hyperspectral (HS) images with high-resolution panchromatic (Pan) data. A novel fidelity index suitable for HS images is defined from the theory of hypercomplex numbers (2n-ons). Both spectral and spatial distortion measurements are encapsulated in a unique score index. Some fusion methods capable to selectivity inject spatial-frequencies from the higher-resolution Pan image

  16. Diagnosing breast cancer using independent diffuse optical tomography and x-ray mammography scans

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    Fradkin, Maxim; Hofmann, Matthias C.; Rouet, Jean-Michel; Moore, Richard H.; Kopans, Daniel B.; Tipton, Keith; Suryanarayanan, Sankar; Boas, David A.; Fang, Qianqian

    2013-03-01

    We have previously demonstrated the utilization of spatially co-registered diffuse optical tomography (DOT) and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for joint breast cancer diagnosis. However, clinical implementation of such a multi-modality approach may require development of integrated DOT/DBT imaging scanners, which can be costly and time-consuming. Exploring effective image registration methods that combine the diagnostic information from a standalone DOT measurement and a separate mammogram can be a cost-effective solution, which may eventually enable adding functional optical assessment to all previously installed digital mammography systems. In this study, we investigate a contour-based image registration method to convert independent optical and x-ray scans into co-registered datasets that can benefit from a joint image analysis. The breast surface used in 3D optical DOT reconstruction is registered with the breast contour line extracted from an x-ray mammogram acquired separately. This allows us to map the 2D mammogram to the optical measurement space and build structural constraints for optical image reconstruction. A non-linear reconstruction utilizing structure-priors is then performed to produce hemoglobin maps with improved resolution. To validate this approach, we used a set of tumor patient measurements with simultaneous DOT/DBT and separate 2D mammographic scans. The images recovered from the registration procedure derived from DOT and 2D mammogram present similar image quality compared to those recovered from co-registered DOT/DBT measurements.

  17. Bio-inspired framework for automatic image quality enhancement

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    Ceresi, Andrea; Gasparini, Francesca; Marini, Fabrizio; Schettini, Raimondo

    2012-01-01

    We propose a bio-inspired framework for automatic image quality enhancement. Restoration algorithms usually have fixed parameters whose values are not easily settable and depend on image content. In this study, we show that it is possible to correlate no-reference visual quality values to specific parameter settings such that the quality of an image could be effectively enhanced through the restoration algorithm. In this paper, we chose JPEG blockiness distortion as a case study. As for the restoration algorithm, we used either a bilateral filter, or a total variation denoising detexturer. The experimental results on the LIVE database will be reported. These results will demonstrate that a better visual quality is achieved through the optimized parameters over the entire range of compression, with respect to the algorithm default parameters.

  18. ISO 20462: a psychophysical image quality measurement standard

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    Keelan, Brian W.; Urabe, Hitoshi

    2003-12-01

    ISO 20462, a three-part standard entitled "Psychophysical experimental methods to estimate image quality," is being developed by WG18 (Electronic Still Picture Imaging) of TC42 (Photography). As of late 2003, all three parts were in the Draft International Standard (DIS) ballot stage, with publication likely during 2004. This standard describes two novel perceptual methods, the triplet comparison technique and the quality ruler, that yield results calibrated in just noticeable differences (JNDs). Part 1, "Overview of psychophysical elements," discusses specifications regarding observers, test stimuli, instructions, viewing conditions, data analysis, and reporting of results. Part 2, "Triplet comparison method," describes a technique involving simultaneous five-point scaling of sets of three stimuli at a time, arranged so that all possible pairs of stimuli are compared exactly once. Part 3, "Quality ruler method," describes a real-time technique optimized for obtaining assessments over a wider range of image quality. A single ruler is a series of ordered reference stimuli depicting a common scene but differing in a single perceptual attribute. Methods for generating quality ruler stimuli of known JND separation through modulation transfer function (MTF) variation are provided. Part 3 also defines a unique absolute Standard Quality Scale (SQS) of quality with one unit equal to one JND. Standard Reference Stimuli (SRS) prints calibrated against this new scale will be made available through the International Imaging Industry Association.

  19. X-ray source for mammography

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    Logan, C.M.

    1994-12-20

    An x-ray source is described utilizing anode material which shifts the output spectrum to higher energy and thereby obtains higher penetrating ability for screening mammography application, than the currently utilized anode material. The currently used anode material (molybdenum) produces an energy x-ray spectrum of 17.5/19.6 keV, which using the anode material of this invention (e.g. silver, rhodium, and tungsten) the x-ray spectrum would be in the 20-35 keV region. Thus, the anode material of this invention provides for imaging of breasts with higher than average x-ray opacity without increase of the radiation dose, and thus reduces the risk of induced breast cancer due to the radiation dose administered for mammograms. 6 figures.

  20. X-ray source for mammography

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    Logan, Clinton M. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1994-01-01

    An x-ray source utilizing anode material which shifts the output spectrum to higher energy and thereby obtains higher penetrating ability for screening mammography application, than the currently utilized anode material. The currently used anode material (molybdenum) produces an energy x-ray spectrum of 17.5/19.6 keV, which using the anode material of this invention (e.g. silver, rhodium, and tungsten) the x-ray spectrum would be in the 20-35 keV region. Thus, the anode material of this invention provides for imaging of breasts with higher than average x-ray opacity without increase of the radiation dose, and thus reduces the risk of induced breast cancer due to the radiation dose administered for mammograms.

  1. Instrumentation optimization for positron emission mammography

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    Moses, William W.; Qi, Jinyi

    2003-06-05

    The past several years have seen designs for PET cameras optimized to image the breast, commonly known as Positron Emission Mammography or PEM cameras. The guiding principal behind PEM instrumentation is that a camera whose field of view is restricted to a single breast has higher performance and lower cost than a conventional PET camera. The most common geometry is a pair of parallel planes of detector modules, although geometries that encircle the breast have also been proposed. The ability of the detector modules to measure the depth of interaction (DOI) is also a relevant feature. This paper finds that while both the additional solid angle coverage afforded by encircling the breast and the decreased blurring afforded by the DOI measurement improve performance, the ability to measure DOI is more important than the ability to encircle the breast.

  2. Peripheral Aberrations and Image Quality for Contact Lens Correction

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    Shen, Jie; Thibos, Larry N.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Contact lenses reduced the degree of hyperopic field curvature present in myopic eyes and rigid contact lenses reduced sphero-cylindrical image blur on the peripheral retina, but their effect on higher order aberrations and overall optical quality of the eye in the peripheral visual field is still unknown. The purpose of our study was to evaluate peripheral wavefront aberrations and image quality across the visual field before and after contact lens correction. Methods A commercial Hartmann-Shack aberrometer was used to measure ocular wavefront errors in 5° steps out to 30° of eccentricity along the horizontal meridian in uncorrected eyes and when the same eyes are corrected with soft or rigid contact lenses. Wavefront aberrations and image quality were determined for the full elliptical pupil encountered in off-axis measurements. Results Ocular higher-order aberrations increase away from fovea in the uncorrected eye. Third-order aberrations are larger and increase faster with eccentricity compared to the other higher-order aberrations. Contact lenses increase all higher-order aberrations except 3rd-order Zernike terms. Nevertheless, a net increase in image quality across the horizontal visual field for objects located at the foveal far point is achieved with rigid lenses, whereas soft contact lenses reduce image quality. Conclusions Second order aberrations limit image quality more than higher-order aberrations in the periphery. Although second-order aberrations are reduced by contact lenses, the resulting gain in image quality is partially offset by increased amounts of higher-order aberrations. To fully realize the benefits of correcting higher-order aberrations in the peripheral field requires improved correction of second-order aberrations as well. PMID:21873925

  3. Estimation of the RBE of mammography-quality beams using a combination of a Monte Carlo code with a B-DNA geometrical model

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    Bernal, M. A.; deAlmeida, C. E.; David, M.; Pires, E.

    2011-12-01

    The PENELOPE code is used to determine direct strand break yields corresponding to photons from a 60Co source and 28 and 30 kV x-ray beams impacting on a B-DNA geometrical model, which accounts for five organizational levels of the human genetic material. Direct single, double and total strand break probabilities are determined in a liquid water homogeneous medium with 1.06 g cm-3 density. The spectra produced by the x-ray beams at various depths in the phantom have been used to study the dependence of the damage yield on the depth. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) is also estimated using the 60Co radiation qualities as the reference. According to this work, the damage probabilities and thus the RBE are, within the uncertainties, similar for both x-ray energies and are independent of the depth into the phantom. Furthermore, the total strand break yield is invariant with respect to the energy of the incident photons. The RBE for low-energy x-ray beams determined here (1.3 ± 0.1) is lower than that reported by Kellerer, taking into account that he used a 200 kV radiation as the reference quality. However, our RBE values are consistent with those determined by Kühne et al (2005 Radiat. Res. 164 669-76), which used the same biological endpoint and reference quality as our study. Also, our RBE values are similar to those determined by Verhaegen and Reniers (2004 Radiat. Res. 162 592-9).

  4. Estimation of the RBE of mammography-quality beams using a combination of a Monte Carlo code with a B-DNA geometrical model.

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    Bernal, M A; deAlmeida, C E; David, M; Pires, E

    2011-12-01

    The PENELOPE code is used to determine direct strand break yields corresponding to photons from a (60)Co source and 28 and 30 kV x-ray beams impacting on a B-DNA geometrical model, which accounts for five organizational levels of the human genetic material. Direct single, double and total strand break probabilities are determined in a liquid water homogeneous medium with 1.06 g?cm(-3) density. The spectra produced by the x-ray beams at various depths in the phantom have been used to study the dependence of the damage yield on the depth. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) is also estimated using the (60)Co radiation qualities as the reference. According to this work, the damage probabilities and thus the RBE are, within the uncertainties, similar for both x-ray energies and are independent of the depth into the phantom. Furthermore, the total strand break yield is invariant with respect to the energy of the incident photons. The RBE for low-energy x-ray beams determined here (1.3 ± 0.1) is lower than that reported by Kellerer, taking into account that he used a 200 kV radiation as the reference quality. However, our RBE values are consistent with those determined by Kühne et al (2005 Radiat. Res. 164 669-76), which used the same biological endpoint and reference quality as our study. Also, our RBE values are similar to those determined by Verhaegen and Reniers (2004 Radiat. Res. 162 592-9). PMID:22056816

  5. Improving high resolution retinal image quality using speckle illumination HiLo imaging.

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    Zhou, Xiaolin; Bedggood, Phillip; Metha, Andrew

    2014-08-01

    Retinal image quality from flood illumination adaptive optics (AO) ophthalmoscopes is adversely affected by out-of-focus light scatter due to the lack of confocality. This effect is more pronounced in small eyes, such as that of rodents, because the requisite high optical power confers a large dioptric thickness to the retina. A recently-developed structured illumination microscopy (SIM) technique called HiLo imaging has been shown to reduce the effect of out-of-focus light scatter in flood illumination microscopes and produce pseudo-confocal images with significantly improved image quality. In this work, we adopted the HiLo technique to a flood AO ophthalmoscope and performed AO imaging in both (physical) model and live rat eyes. The improvement in image quality from HiLo imaging is shown both qualitatively and quantitatively by using spatial spectral analysis. PMID:25136486

  6. Improving high resolution retinal image quality using speckle illumination HiLo imaging

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    Zhou, Xiaolin; Bedggood, Phillip; Metha, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    Retinal image quality from flood illumination adaptive optics (AO) ophthalmoscopes is adversely affected by out-of-focus light scatter due to the lack of confocality. This effect is more pronounced in small eyes, such as that of rodents, because the requisite high optical power confers a large dioptric thickness to the retina. A recently-developed structured illumination microscopy (SIM) technique called HiLo imaging has been shown to reduce the effect of out-of-focus light scatter in flood illumination microscopes and produce pseudo-confocal images with significantly improved image quality. In this work, we adopted the HiLo technique to a flood AO ophthalmoscope and performed AO imaging in both (physical) model and live rat eyes. The improvement in image quality from HiLo imaging is shown both qualitatively and quantitatively by using spatial spectral analysis. PMID:25136486

  7. The effect of image quality and forensic expertise in facial image comparisons.

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    Norell, Kristin; Läthén, Klas Brorsson; Bergström, Peter; Rice, Allyson; Natu, Vaidehi; O'Toole, Alice

    2015-03-01

    Images of perpetrators in surveillance video footage are often used as evidence in court. In this study, identification accuracy was compared for forensic experts and untrained persons in facial image comparisons as well as the impact of image quality. Participants viewed thirty image pairs and were asked to rate the level of support garnered from their observations for concluding whether or not the two images showed the same person. Forensic experts reached their conclusions with significantly fewer errors than did untrained participants. They were also better than novices at determining when two high-quality images depicted the same person. Notably, lower image quality led to more careful conclusions by experts, but not for untrained participants. In summary, the untrained participants had more false negatives and false positives than experts, which in the latter case could lead to a higher risk of an innocent person being convicted for an untrained witness. PMID:25537273

  8. Maintaining image quality when watermarking grayscale comic images for electronic books

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    Takaaki Yamada; Ryu Ebisawa; Yoshiyasu Takahashi

    2011-01-01

    Digital watermarking of comic images effectively protects the copyright of the content in electronic book applications. The characteristics of comic images were analyzed to determine the effect of digital watermarking on the line shapes. Modification of the shape edges by conventional watermarking methods can degrade image quality because the human eye is sensitive to the edges. The analysis revealed that

  9. Image science and image-quality research in the Optical Sciences Center

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.

    2014-09-01

    This paper reviews the history of research into imaging and image quality at the Optical Sciences Center (OSC), with emphasis on the period 1970-1990. The work of various students in the areas of psychophysical studies of human observers of images; mathematical model observers; image simulation and analysis, and the application of these methods to radiology and nuclear medicine is summarized. The rapid progress in computational power, at OSC and elsewhere, which enabled the steady advances in imaging and the emergence of a science of imaging, is also traced. The implications of these advances to ongoing research and the current Image Science curriculum at the College of Optical Sciences are discussed.

  10. Developing Matlab scripts for image analysis and quality assessment

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    Vaiopoulos, A. D.

    2011-11-01

    Image processing is a very helpful tool in many fields of modern sciences that involve digital imaging examination and interpretation. Processed images however, often need to be correlated with the original image, in order to ensure that the resulting image fulfills its purpose. Aside from the visual examination, which is mandatory, image quality indices (such as correlation coefficient, entropy and others) are very useful, when deciding which processed image is the most satisfactory. For this reason, a single program (script) was written in Matlab language, which automatically calculates eight indices by utilizing eight respective functions (independent function scripts). The program was tested in both fused hyperspectral (Hyperion-ALI) and multispectral (ALI, Landsat) imagery and proved to be efficient. Indices were found to be in agreement with visual examination and statistical observations.

  11. Practitioner compression force variability in mammography: a preliminary study

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    Hogg, P; Lawson, R; Diffey, J; Denton, E R E

    2013-01-01

    Objective: This preliminary study determines whether the absolute amount of breast compression in mammography varies between and within practitioners. Methods: Ethics approval was granted. 488 clients met the inclusion criteria. Clients were imaged by 14 practitioners. Collated data included Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) density, breast volume, compression and practitioner code. Results: A highly significant difference in mean compression used by different practitioners (p<0.0001 for each BI-RADS density) was demonstrated. Practitioners applied compression in one of three ways using either low, intermediate or high compression force, with no significant difference in mean compression within each group (p=0.99, p=0.70, p=0.54, respectively). Six practitioners showed a significant correlation (p<0.05) between compression and BI-RADS grade, with a tendency to apply less compression with increasing BI-RADS density. When compression was analysed by breast volume there was a wide variation in compression for a given volume. The general trend was the application of higher compression to larger breast volumes by all three practitioner groups. Conclusion: This study presents an insight into practitioner variation of compression application in mammography. Three groups of practitioners were identified: those who used low, intermediate and high compression across the BI-RADS density grades. There was wide variation in compression for any given breast volume, with trends of higher compression demonstrated for increasing breast volumes. Collation of further studies will facilitate a new perspective on the analysis of practitioner, client and equipment variables in mammography imaging. Advances in knowledge: For the first time, it has been practically demonstrated that practitioners vary in the amount of compression applied to breast tissue during routine mammography. PMID:23385990

  12. Slider-adjusted softcopy ruler for calibrated image quality assessment

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    Jin, Elaine W.; Keelan, Brian W.

    2010-01-01

    ISO 20462 part 3 standardized the hardcopy quality ruler and a softcopy quality ruler based on a binary sort approach involving paired comparisons. The new softcopy ruler method described here utilizes a slider bar to match the quality of the ruler to that of the test image, which is found to substantially reduce the time required per assessment (30 to 15.5 s), with only a modest loss of precision (standard deviations of 2.5 to 2.9 just noticeable differences). In combination, these metrics implied a 20% improvement in the standard error of the mean achievable in a fixed amount of judging time. Ruler images calibrated against the standard quality scale of ISO 20462 are generated for 21 scenes, at 31 quality levels each, achieved through variation of sharpness, while other attributes are held near their preferred positions. The images are bundled with documentation and a MATLAB source code for a graphical user interface that administers softcopy ruler experiments, and these materials are donated to the International Imaging Industry Association for distribution. In conjunction with a specified large flat panel display, these materials should enable users to conduct softcopy quality ruler experiments with minimum effort, and should reduce the barriers to performing calibrated psychophysical measurements.

  13. Evidence quality imaging for bank security

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    P. Gallagher; S. Doyle

    1995-01-01

    A long standing problem within the banking security and law enforcement communities has been the inability to use the images recorded with conventional security cameras as definitive evidence in a court of law. The issue with affordable solid state or tube security cameras is the spatial resolution and gray scale resolution. Neither is sufficient. Alternatives using film cameras have proved

  14. LANDSAT-4 image data quality analysis

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    Anuta, P. E.

    1984-01-01

    Methods were developed for estimating point spread functions from image data. Roads and bridges in dark backgrounds are being examined as well as other smoothing methods for reducing noise in the estimated point spread function. Tomographic techniques were used to estimate two dimensional point spread functions. Reformatting software changes were implemented to handle formats for LANDSAT-5 data.

  15. Image-Quality-Based Adaptive Face Recognition

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    Harin Sellahewa; Sabah A. Jassim

    2010-01-01

    The accuracy of automated face recognition systems is greatly affected by intraclass variations between enrollment and identification stages. In particular, changes in lighting conditions is a major contributor to these variations. Common approaches to address the effects of varying lighting conditions include preprocessing face images to normalize intraclass variations and the use of illumination invariant face descriptors. Histogram equalization is

  16. Body image and quality of life in a Spanish population

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    Lobera, Ignacio Jáuregui; Ríos, Patricia Bolaños

    2011-01-01

    Purpose The aim of the current study was to analyze the psychometric properties, factor structure, and internal consistency of the Spanish version of the Body Image Quality of Life Inventory (BIQLI-SP) as well as its test–retest reliability. Further objectives were to analyze different relationships with key dimensions of psychosocial functioning (ie, self-esteem, presence of psychopathological symptoms, eating and body image-related problems, and perceived stress) and to evaluate differences in body image quality of life due to gender. Patients and methods The sample comprised 417 students without any psychiatric history, recruited from the Pablo de Olavide University and the University of Seville. There were 140 men (33.57%) and 277 women (66.43%), and the mean age was 21.62 years (standard deviation = 5.12). After obtaining informed consent from all participants, the following questionnaires were administered: BIQLI, Eating Disorder Inventory-2 (EDI-2), Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ), Self-Esteem Scale (SES), and Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R). Results The BIQLI-SP shows adequate psychometric properties, and it may be useful to determine the body image quality of life in different physical conditions. A more positive body image quality of life is associated with better self-esteem, better psychological wellbeing, and fewer eating-related dysfunctional attitudes, this being more evident among women. Conclusion The BIQLI-SP may be useful to determine the body image quality of life in different contexts with regard to dermatology, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and endocrinology, among others. In these fields of study, a new trend has emerged to assess body image-related quality of life. PMID:21403794

  17. Comparison of the polynomial model against explicit measurements of noise components for different mammography systems

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    Monnin, P.; Bosmans, H.; Verdun, F. R.; Marshall, N. W.

    2014-10-01

    Given the adverse impact of image noise on the perception of important clinical details in digital mammography, routine quality control measurements should include an evaluation of noise. The European Guidelines, for example, employ a second-order polynomial fit of pixel variance as a function of detector air kerma (DAK) to decompose noise into quantum, electronic and fixed pattern (FP) components and assess the DAK range where quantum noise dominates. This work examines the robustness of the polynomial method against an explicit noise decomposition method. The two methods were applied to variance and noise power spectrum (NPS) data from six digital mammography units. Twenty homogeneously exposed images were acquired with PMMA blocks for target DAKs ranging from 6.25 to 1600?µGy. Both methods were explored for the effects of data weighting and squared fit coefficients during the curve fitting, the influence of the additional filter material (2?mm Al versus 40?mm PMMA) and noise de-trending. Finally, spatial stationarity of noise was assessed. Data weighting improved noise model fitting over large DAK ranges, especially at low detector exposures. The polynomial and explicit decompositions generally agreed for quantum and electronic noise but FP noise fraction was consistently underestimated by the polynomial method. Noise decomposition as a function of position in the image showed limited noise stationarity, especially for FP noise; thus the position of the region of interest (ROI) used for noise decomposition may influence fractional noise composition. The ROI area and position used in the Guidelines offer an acceptable estimation of noise components. While there are limitations to the polynomial model, when used with care and with appropriate data weighting, the method offers a simple and robust means of examining the detector noise components as a function of detector exposure.

  18. Smoothing depth maps for improved steroscopic image quality

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    Tam, Wa James; Alain, Guillaume; Zhang, Liang; Martin, Taali; Renaud, Ronald

    2004-10-01

    A technique to improve the image quality of stereoscopic pictures generated from depth maps (depth image based rendering or DIBR) is examined. In general, there are two fundamental problems with DIBR: a depth map could contain artifacts (e.g., noise or "blockiness") and there is no explicit information on how to render newly exposed regions ("holes") in the rendered image as a result of new virtual camera positions. We hypothesized that smoothing depth maps before rendering will not only minimize the effects of noise and distortions in the depth maps but will also reduce areas of newly exposed regions where potential artifacts can arise. A formal subjective assessment of four stereoscopic sequences of natural scenes was conducted with 23 viewers. The stereoscopic sequences consisted of source images for the left-eye view and rendered images for the right-eye view. The depth maps were smoothed with a Gaussian blur filter at different levels of strength before depth image based rendering. Results indicated that ratings of perceived image quality improved with increasing levels of smoothing of the depth maps. Even though the depth maps were smoothed, a negative effect on ratings of overall perceived depth quality was not found.

  19. Thematic Mapper image quality: Preliminary results

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    Wrigley, R. C.; Card, D. H.; Hlavka, C. A.; Likens, W. C.; Mertz, F. C.; Hall, J. R.

    1983-01-01

    Based on images analyzed so far, the band to band registration accuracy of the thematic mapper is very good. For bands within the same focal plane, the mean misregistrations are well within the specification, 0.2 pixels. For bands between the cooled and uncooled focal planes, there is a consistent mean misregistration of 0.5 pixels along-scan and 0.2-0.3 pixels across-scan. It exceeds the permitted 0.3 pixels for registration of bands between focal planes. If the mean misregistrations were removed by the data processing software, an analysis of the standard deviation of the misregistration indicates all band combinations would meet the registration specifications except for those including the thermal band. Analysis of the periodic noise in one image indicates a noise component in band 1 with a spatial frequency equivalent to 3.2 pixels in the along-scan direction.

  20. Multiparameter optimization of mammography with alternative x-ray sources

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    Jafroudi, Hamid; Jennings, Robert J.; Muntz, E. P.; Freedman, Matthew T.; Mun, Seong K.

    1995-05-01

    The conventional x-ray source for mammography, with a molybdenum (Mo) anode and Mo filter, works well for breasts of low to moderate x-ray attenuation, but is not readily adaptable to the production of higher x-ray energies that are more suitable for imaging breasts of higher attenuation. Accordingly, alternative sources with anodes of rhodium (Rh) and tungsten (W) have been developed to improve the efficiency of the examination for thick or radiographically dense breasts. We have applied previously developed multiparameter optimization techniques to imaging systems using these alternative x-ray sources. Since these sources are intended to improve mammography of high-attenuation breasts, optimizations were performed for a range of breast thicknesses. Since high attenuation is generally associated with high scatter, optimizations for each source were done with a high-ratio, air-interspace grid similar to the one developed in our previous work. Preliminary results have been obtained for optimized system configurations using a W-anode source with Mo, Rh, and aluminum (Al) filters, and for a Mo-anode source with Rh filtration. These results indicate that the alternative sources studied can significantly improve the efficiency of mammography of high-attenuation breasts.

  1. Perceptually significant spatial pooling techniques for image quality assessment

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    Moorthy, Anush K.; Bovik, Alan C.

    2009-02-01

    Spatial pooling strategies used in recent Image Quality Assessment (IQA) algorithms have generally been that of simply averaging the values of the obtained scores across the image. Given that certain regions in an image are perceptually more important than others, it is not unreasonable to suspect that gains can be achieved by using an appropriate pooling strategy. In this paper, we explore two hypothesis that explore spatial pooling strategies for the popular SSIM metrics.1, 2 The first is visual attention and gaze direction - 'where' a human looks. The second is that humans tend to perceive 'poor' regions in an image with more severity than the 'good' ones - and hence penalize images with even a small number of 'poor' regions more heavily. The improvements in correlation between the objective metrics' score and human perception is demonstrated by evaluating the performance of these pooling strategies on the LIVE database3 of images.

  2. Detection of Small Low-Contrast Objects in Mammography: Effect of Viewbox Masking and Luminance

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    Jihong Wang; Joel E. Gray

    OBJECTIVE. Viewing conditions can affect an observer's performance in object detection. Our objective was to determine the effect of viewbox masking and luminance on the detection of small low-contrast objects revealed by mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Mammographic contrast-detail images having various film densities were viewed on masked and unmasked viewboxes. Similar images with fixed film con- trast and density were

  3. Real-time computer treatment of THz passive device images with the high image quality

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Trofimov, Vladislav V.

    2012-06-01

    We demonstrate real-time computer code improving significantly the quality of images captured by the passive THz imaging system. The code is not only designed for a THz passive device: it can be applied to any kind of such devices and active THz imaging systems as well. We applied our code for computer processing of images captured by four passive THz imaging devices manufactured by different companies. It should be stressed that computer processing of images produced by different companies requires using the different spatial filters usually. The performance of current version of the computer code is greater than one image per second for a THz image having more than 5000 pixels and 24 bit number representation. Processing of THz single image produces about 20 images simultaneously corresponding to various spatial filters. The computer code allows increasing the number of pixels for processed images without noticeable reduction of image quality. The performance of the computer code can be increased many times using parallel algorithms for processing the image. We develop original spatial filters which allow one to see objects with sizes less than 2 cm. The imagery is produced by passive THz imaging devices which captured the images of objects hidden under opaque clothes. For images with high noise we develop an approach which results in suppression of the noise after using the computer processing and we obtain the good quality image. With the aim of illustrating the efficiency of the developed approach we demonstrate the detection of the liquid explosive, ordinary explosive, knife, pistol, metal plate, CD, ceramics, chocolate and other objects hidden under opaque clothes. The results demonstrate the high efficiency of our approach for the detection of hidden objects and they are a very promising solution for the security problem.

  4. Perceived assessment metrics for visible and infrared color fused image quality without reference image

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    Yu, Xuelian; Chen, Qian; Gu, Guohua; Ren, Jianle; Sui, Xiubao

    2015-03-01

    Designing objective quality assessment of color-fused image is a very demanding and challenging task. We propose four no-reference metrics based on human visual system characteristics for objectively evaluating the quality of false color fusion image. The perceived edge metric (PEM) is defined based on visual perception model and color image gradient similarity between the fused image and the source images. The perceptual contrast metric (PCM) is established associating multi-scale contrast and varying contrast sensitivity filter (CSF) with color components. The linear combination of the standard deviation and mean value over the fused image construct the image colorfulness metric (ICM). The color comfort metric (CCM) is designed by the average saturation and the ratio of pixels with high and low saturation. The qualitative and quantitative experimental results demonstrate that the proposed metrics have a good agreement with subjective perception.

  5. Blurriness measurement in frequency domain for image quality assessment

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    Tahir, Qadri Muhammad; Noman, Mehmood S.; Tahir, Aisha

    2011-10-01

    DCT based digital image and video compression leads to visible distortions like blockiness and blurriness, however this paper mainly focuses blurriness artifact. Subjective quality assessments are reliable but they are very costly and can't be computerized. This paper proposes three different objective quality assessment methods for blurriness estimation using full reference, reduced reference and no reference approaches. The distortion is measured in frequency domain by comparing the high frequency coefficients of the coded image. Before blurriness estimation in frequency domain, the property of Human Visual System is implemented by applying the spatial masking in spatial domain. Since the distortion is not likely to be in same amount in every part of the coded image therefore the coded image is divided into blocks and the distortion is calculated locally for each block and accumulated in the end for a single quality metric. The results show that the full and reduced reference meters are more reliable due to the availability of some reference information at receiver end. The work is tested on different set of blurred images from LIVE image database and the Pearson's correlation coefficient of 94.43% is obtained for full reference mode while it is 94.20% and 82.03% for reduced reference and no reference respectively.

  6. Image quality testing of assembled IR camera modules

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    Winters, Daniel; Erichsen, Patrik

    2013-10-01

    Infrared (IR) camera modules for the LWIR (8-12_m) that combine IR imaging optics with microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) sensors with readout electronics are becoming more and more a mass market product. At the same time, steady improvements in sensor resolution in the higher priced markets raise the requirement for imaging performance of objectives and the proper alignment between objective and FPA. This puts pressure on camera manufacturers and system integrators to assess the image quality of finished camera modules in a cost-efficient and automated way for quality control or during end-of-line testing. In this paper we present recent development work done in the field of image quality testing of IR camera modules. This technology provides a wealth of additional information in contrast to the more traditional test methods like minimum resolvable temperature difference (MRTD) which give only a subjective overall test result. Parameters that can be measured are image quality via the modulation transfer function (MTF) for broadband or with various bandpass filters on- and off-axis and optical parameters like e.g. effective focal length (EFL) and distortion. If the camera module allows for refocusing the optics, additional parameters like best focus plane, image plane tilt, auto-focus quality, chief ray angle etc. can be characterized. Additionally, the homogeneity and response of the sensor with the optics can be characterized in order to calculate the appropriate tables for non-uniformity correction (NUC). The technology can also be used to control active alignment methods during mechanical assembly of optics to high resolution sensors. Other important points that are discussed are the flexibility of the technology to test IR modules with different form factors, electrical interfaces and last but not least the suitability for fully automated measurements in mass production.

  7. Quality assessment for multitemporal and multisensor image fusion

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    Ehlers, Manfred; Klonus, Sascha

    2008-10-01

    Generally, image fusion methods are classified into three levels: pixel level (iconic), feature level (symbolic) and knowledge or decision level. In this paper we focus on iconic techniques for image fusion. There exist a number of established fusion techniques that can be used to merge high spatial resolution panchromatic and lower spatial resolution multispectral images that are simultaneously recorded by one sensor. This is done to create high resolution multispectral image datasets (pansharpening). In most cases, these techniques provide very good results, i.e. they retain the high spatial resolution of the panchromatic image and the spectral information from the multispectral image. These techniques, when applied to multitemporal and/or multisensoral image data, still create spatially enhanced datasets but usually at the expense of the spectral consistency. In this study, a series of nine multitemporal multispectral remote sensing images (seven SPOT scenes and one FORMOSAT scene) is fused with one panchromatic Ikonos image. A number of techniques are employed to analyze the quality of the fusion process. The images are visually and quantitatively evaluated for spectral characteristics preservation and for spatial resolution improvement. Overall, the Ehlers fusion which was developed for spectral characteristics preservation for multi-date and multi-sensor fusion showed the best results. It could not only be proven that the Ehlers fusion is superior to all other tested algorithms but also the only one that guarantees an excellent color preservation for all dates and sensors.

  8. Flattening filter removal for improved image quality of megavoltage fluoroscopy

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    Christensen, James D.; Kirichenko, Alexander; Gayou, Olivier [Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 (United States)] [Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 (United States)

    2013-08-15

    Purpose: Removal of the linear accelerator (linac) flattening filter enables a high rate of dose deposition with reduced treatment time. When used for megavoltage imaging, an unflat beam has reduced primary beam scatter resulting in sharper images. In fluoroscopic imaging mode, the unflat beam has higher photon count per image frame yielding higher contrast-to-noise ratio. The authors’ goal was to quantify the effects of an unflat beam on the image quality of megavoltage portal and fluoroscopic images.Methods: 6 MV projection images were acquired in fluoroscopic and portal modes using an electronic flat-panel imager. The effects of the flattening filter on the relative modulation transfer function (MTF) and contrast-to-noise ratio were quantified using the QC3 phantom. The impact of FF removal on the contrast-to-noise ratio of gold fiducial markers also was studied under various scatter conditions.Results: The unflat beam had improved contrast resolution, up to 40% increase in MTF contrast at the highest frequency measured (0.75 line pairs/mm). The contrast-to-noise ratio was increased as expected from the increased photon flux. The visualization of fiducial markers was markedly better using the unflat beam under all scatter conditions, enabling visualization of thin gold fiducial markers, the thinnest of which was not visible using the unflat beam.Conclusions: The removal of the flattening filter from a clinical linac leads to quantifiable improvements in the image quality of megavoltage projection images. These gains enable observers to more easily visualize thin fiducial markers and track their motion on fluoroscopic images.

  9. Multiparameter optimization of mammography: an update

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    Jafroudi, Hamid; Muntz, E. P.; Jennings, Robert J.

    1994-05-01

    Previously in this forum we have reported the application of multiparameter optimization techniques to the design of a minimum dose mammography system. The approach used a reference system to define the physical imaging performance required and the dose to which the dose for the optimized system should be compared. During the course of implementing the resulting design in hardware suitable for laboratory testing, the state of the art in mammographic imaging changed, so that the original reference system, which did not have a grid, was no longer appropriate. A reference system with a grid was selected in response to this change, and at the same time the optimization procedure was modified, to make it more general and to facilitate study of the optimized design under a variety of conditions. We report the changes in the procedure, and the results obtained using the revised procedure and the up- to-date reference system. Our results, which are supported by laboratory measurements, indicate that the optimized design can image small objects as well as the reference system using only about 30% of the dose required by the reference system. Hardware meeting the specification produced by the optimization procedure and suitable for clinical use is currently under evaluation in the Diagnostic Radiology Department at the Clinical Center, NH.

  10. Feasibility study of CMOS detectors for mammography

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    Han, Jong Chul; Yun, Seungman; Lim, Chang Hwy; Kim, Tae Woo; Kim, Ho Kyung

    2009-02-01

    We investigated the potential use of CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) imaging detectors with a pixel pitch of 48 ?m for mammography. Fundamental imaging characteristics were evaluated in terms of modulation-transfer function (MTF), noise-power spectrum (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). The magnitudes of various image noise sources, such as optical photons, direct x rays unattenuated and scattered x rays from the scintillator, and additive electronic noise, were measured and analyzed. For the analysis of the measurement results, we applied a model describing the signal and noise transfer based on the cascaded linear-systems approach. The direct x-ray was very harmful to the detector noise performance with white noise characteristics in the spatial frequency domain, and which significantly degraded the spatial-frequency-dependent DQE at higher frequencies. Although the use of a fiber-optic plate (FOP) reduces the detector sensitivity and the MTF performance, it enhances the DQE performance by preventing the direct x-ray photons from the absorption within the photodiode array.

  11. Thematic Mapper image quality - Registration, noise, and resolution

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    Wrigley, R. C.; Card, D. H.; Hlavka, C. A.; Hall, J. R.; Mertz, F. C.; Archwamety, C.; Schowengerdt, R. A.

    1984-01-01

    The Landsat-4 satellite has two new imaging radiometers, including the redesigned Multispectral Scanner (MSS) and the Thematic Mapper (TM). The present investigation is concerned with an assessment of TM image quality on the basis of a study of band-to-band registration, periodic noise, and spatial resolution. In the TM images analyzed, the band-to-band registration accuracy of the instrument is very good. A few imperfections were found. Once a stable misregistration is removed, the TM should also meet its registration specifications between focal planes. Spatial resolution analyses in terms of MTF were performed in comparison modes. The forward and backward scans were shown to have virtually identical MTFs.

  12. Simultaneous Analysis and Quality Assurance for Diffusion Tensor Imaging

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    Lauzon, Carolyn B.; Asman, Andrew J.; Esparza, Michael L.; Burns, Scott S.; Fan, Qiuyun; Gao, Yurui; Anderson, Adam W.; Davis, Nicole; Cutting, Laurie E.; Landman, Bennett A.

    2013-01-01

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) enables non-invasive, cyto-architectural mapping of in vivo tissue microarchitecture through voxel-wise mathematical modeling of multiple magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisitions, each differently sensitized to water diffusion. DTI computations are fundamentally estimation processes and are sensitive to noise and artifacts. Despite widespread adoption in the neuroimaging community, maintaining consistent DTI data quality remains challenging given the propensity for patient motion, artifacts associated with fast imaging techniques, and the possibility of hardware changes/failures. Furthermore, the quantity of data acquired per voxel, the non-linear estimation process, and numerous potential use cases complicate traditional visual data inspection approaches. Currently, quality inspection of DTI data has relied on visual inspection and individual processing in DTI analysis software programs (e.g. DTIPrep, DTI-studio). However, recent advances in applied statistical methods have yielded several different metrics to assess noise level, artifact propensity, quality of tensor fit, variance of estimated measures, and bias in estimated measures. To date, these metrics have been largely studied in isolation. Herein, we select complementary metrics for integration into an automatic DTI analysis and quality assurance pipeline. The pipeline completes in 24 hours, stores statistical outputs, and produces a graphical summary quality analysis (QA) report. We assess the utility of this streamlined approach for empirical quality assessment on 608 DTI datasets from pediatric neuroimaging studies. The efficiency and accuracy of quality analysis using the proposed pipeline is compared with quality analysis based on visual inspection. The unified pipeline is found to save a statistically significant amount of time (over 70%) while improving the consistency of QA between a DTI expert and a pool of research associates. Projection of QA metrics to a low dimensional manifold reveal qualitative, but clear, QA-study associations and suggest that automated outlier/anomaly detection would be feasible. PMID:23637895

  13. Registration Accuracy and Quality of Real-Life Images

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    Hsu, Wei-Yen

    2012-01-01

    Background A common registration problem for the application of consumer device is to align all the acquired image sequences into a complete scene. Image alignment requires a registration algorithm that will compensate as much as possible for geometric variability among images. However, images captured views from a real scene usually produce different distortions. Some are derived from the optic characteristics of image sensors, and others are caused by the specific scenes and objects. Methodology/Principal Findings An image registration algorithm considering the perspective projection is proposed for the application of consumer devices in this study. It exploits a multiresolution wavelet-based method to extract significant features. An analytic differential approach is then proposed to achieve fast convergence of point matching. Finally, the registration accuracy is further refined to obtain subpixel precision by a feature-based modified Levenberg-Marquardt method. Due to its feature-based and nonlinear characteristic, it converges considerably faster than most other methods. In addition, vignette compensation and color difference adjustment are also performed to further improve the quality of registration results. Conclusions/Significance The performance of the proposed method is evaluated by testing the synthetic and real images acquired by a hand-held digital still camera and in comparison with two registration techniques in terms of the squared sum of intensity differences (SSD) and correlation coefficient (CC). The results indicate that the proposed method is promising in registration accuracy and quality, which are statistically significantly better than other two approaches. PMID:22829876

  14. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of awake monkeys: some approaches for improving imaging quality.

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    Roe, Anna Wang

    quality. Gang Chen1,a, b, c , Feng Wang1,b,c , Barbara C. Dillenburger2,b,c , Robert M. Friedmana , Li M results. We evaluated the influence of two main variables on image quality. First, we show how important

  15. The image quality of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)

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    Darragh E. O'Donoghue; Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Luis Balona; Bruce C. Bigelow; John A. Booth; Lucian Botha; Janus D. Brink; David A. H. Buckley; Phil Charles; Alrin Christians; J. Christopher Clemens; Lisa A. Crause; Steven M. Crawford; Geoffrey P. Evans; Hitesh Gajjar; Yas Hashimoto; Malcolm Hendricks; Alexei Kniazev; Anthony R. Koeslag; Willie P. Koorts; Herman J. Kriel; Nicola S. Loaring; Jonathan Love; Fred Marang; Douglas Metcalfe; Brennan Meyer; James O'Connor; Charl A. du Plessis; Lawrence W. Ramsey; Encarni Romero-Colmenero; Craig Sass; Johann C. Scholtz; Ramotholo Sefako; Sandisa Siyengo; Martin Still; Ockert J. Strydom; Arkadiusz Swat; Johann F. Du Toit; Petri Vaisanen; Martyn Wells; Hannah Worters

    2008-01-01

    Construction of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was largely completed by the end of 2005 and since then it has been in intensive commissioning. This has now almost been completed except for the telescope's image quality which shows optical aberrations, chiefly a focus gradient across the focal plane, along with astigmatism and other less significant aberrations. This paper describes

  16. Biomarker, Imaging and Quality of Life Studies Funding Program

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    Funded National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) Research Bases are invited to apply for funding to support biomarker, imaging, and quality of life studies with or without Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) proposals which are associated with NCI clinical trial concepts.

  17. Analyzing the Quality of Supernovae Search Image Subtraction James Snitzer

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    Cinabro, David

    Analyzing the Quality of Supernovae Search Image Subtraction James Snitzer Adviser: John Marriner the properties of dark energy. One way DES does this is through the observation of type 1a supernovae on the luminosity observed on earth, scientists can find how far away the supernova must be. The light spectrum

  18. Optoelectronic complex inner product for evaluating quality of image segmentation

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    Power, Gregory J.; Awwal, Abdul Ahad S.

    2000-11-01

    In automatic target recognition and machine vision applications, segmentation of the images is a key step. Poor segmentation reduces the recognition performance. For some imaging systems such as MRI and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) it is difficult even for humans to agree on the location of the edge which allows for segmentation. A real- time dynamic approach to determine the quality of segmentation can enable vision systems to refocus of apply appropriate algorithms to ensure high quality segmentation for recognition. A recent approach to evaluate the quality of image segmentation uses percent-pixels-different (PPD). For some cases, PPD provides a reasonable quality evaluation, but it has a weakness in providing a measure for how well the shape of the segmentation matches the true shape. This paper introduces the complex inner product approach for providing a goodness measure for evaluating the segmentation quality based on shape. The complex inner product approach is demonstrated on SAR target chips obtained from the Moving and Stationary Target Acquisition and Recognition (MSTAR) program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The results are compared to the PPD approach. A design for an optoelectronic implementation of the complex inner product for dynamic segmentation evaluation is introduced.

  19. Cost-effectiveness of MRI compared to mammography for breast cancer screening in a high risk population

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    Moore, Susan G; Shenoy, Pareen J; Fanucchi, Laura; Tumeh, John W; Flowers, Christopher R

    2009-01-01

    Background Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive method of breast imaging virtually uninfluenced by breast density. Because of the improved sensitivity, breast MRI is increasingly being used for detection of breast cancer among high risk young women. However, the specificity of breast MRI is variable and costs are high. The purpose of this study was to determine if breast MRI is a cost-effective approach for the detection of breast cancer among young women at high risk. Methods A Markov model was created to compare annual breast cancer screening over 25 years with either breast MRI or mammography among young women at high risk. Data from published studies provided probabilities for the model including sensitivity and specificity of each screening strategy. Costs were based on Medicare reimbursement rates for hospital and physician services while medication costs were obtained from the Federal Supply Scale. Utilities from the literature were applied to each health outcome in the model including a disutility for the temporary health state following breast biopsy for a false positive test result. All costs and benefits were discounted at 5% per year. The analysis was performed from the payer perspective with results reported in 2006 U.S. dollars. Univariate and probabilistic sensitivity analyses addressed uncertainty in all model parameters. Results Breast MRI provided 14.1 discounted quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) at a discounted cost of $18,167 while mammography provided 14.0 QALYs at a cost of $4,760 over 25 years of screening. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of breast MRI compared to mammography was $179,599/QALY. In univariate analysis, breast MRI screening became < $50,000/QALY when the cost of the MRI was < $315. In the probabilistic sensitivity analysis, MRI screening produced a net health benefit of -0.202 QALYs (95% central range: -0.767 QALYs to +0.439 QALYs) compared to mammography at a willingness-to-pay threshold of $50,000/QALY. Breast MRI screening was superior in 0%, < $50,000/QALY in 22%, > $50,000/QALY in 34%, and inferior in 44% of trials. Conclusion Although breast MRI may provide health benefits when compared to mammographic screening for some high risk women, it does not appear to be cost-effective even at willingness to pay thresholds above $120,000/QALY. PMID:19144138

  20. Techniques to evaluate the quality of medical images

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    Perez-Diaz, Marlen

    2014-11-01

    There is not a perfect agree in the definition of medical image quality from the physician and physicist point of view. The present conference analyzes the standard techniques used to grade image quality. In the first place, an analysis about how viewing conditions related to environment, monitor used or physician experience determines the subjective evaluation is done. After that, the physics point of view is analyzed including the advantage and disadvantage of the main published methods like: Quality Control Tests, Mathematical metrics, Modulation Transfer Function, Noise Power Spectrum, System Response Curve and Mathematical observers. Each method is exemplified with the results of updated papers. We concluded that the most successful methods up to the present have been those which include simulations of the Human Visual System. They have good correlation between the results of the objective metrics and the subjective evaluation made by the observers.

  1. Comparison of quality control software tools for diffusion tensor imaging.

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    Liu, Bilan; Zhu, Tong; Zhong, Jianhui

    2015-04-01

    Image quality of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is critical for image interpretation, diagnostic accuracy and efficiency. However, DTI is susceptible to numerous detrimental artifacts that may impair the reliability and validity of the obtained data. Although many quality control (QC) software tools are being developed and are widely used and each has its different tradeoffs, there is still no general agreement on an image quality control routine for DTIs, and the practical impact of these tradeoffs is not well studied. An objective comparison that identifies the pros and cons of each of the QC tools will be helpful for the users to make the best choice among tools for specific DTI applications. This study aims to quantitatively compare the effectiveness of three popular QC tools including DTI studio (Johns Hopkins University), DTIprep (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Iowa and University of Utah) and TORTOISE (National Institute of Health). Both synthetic and in vivo human brain data were used to quantify adverse effects of major DTI artifacts to tensor calculation as well as the effectiveness of different QC tools in identifying and correcting these artifacts. The technical basis of each tool was discussed, and the ways in which particular techniques affect the output of each of the tools were analyzed. The different functions and I/O formats that three QC tools provide for building a general DTI processing pipeline and integration with other popular image processing tools were also discussed. PMID:25460331

  2. Color image encryption using a high-quality elemental image array

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    Li, Xiao-Wei; Kim, Seok-Tae; Lee, In-Kwon

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we present a color image encoding algorithm by combined use of the high-quality elemental image array (EIA) and the pseudo-random mask. To overcome low resolution drawbacks in widely used optical pickup system, in our scheme, the pseudo-inverse filter is introduced to improve this problem. In the cryptosystem, the proposed scheme provides high security because of the high key space of cellular automata. Meanwhile, the hologram-like attribute of the EIA can significantly improve the robustness of the encrypted image against some common image processing attacks. Experiments and analysis have both demonstrated the feasibility and efficiency of the image encryption algorithm.

  3. Structural similarity analysis for brain MR image quality assessment

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    Punga, Mirela Visan; Moldovanu, Simona; Moraru, Luminita

    2014-11-01

    Brain MR images are affected and distorted by various artifacts as noise, blur, blotching, down sampling or compression and as well by inhomogeneity. Usually, the performance of pre-processing operation is quantified by using the quality metrics as mean squared error and its related metrics such as peak signal to noise ratio, root mean squared error and signal to noise ratio. The main drawback of these metrics is that they fail to take the structural fidelity of the image into account. For this reason, we addressed to investigate the structural changes related to the luminance and contrast variation (as non-structural distortions) and to denoising process (as structural distortion)through an alternative metric based on structural changes in order to obtain the best image quality.

  4. Automatic image quality assessment for uterine cervical imagery

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    Gu, Jia; Li, Wenjing

    2006-03-01

    Uterine cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women worldwide. However, its death rate can be dramatically reduced by appropriate treatment, if early detection is available. We are developing a Computer-Aided-Diagnosis (CAD) system to facilitate colposcopic examinations for cervical cancer screening and diagnosis. Unfortunately, the effort to develop fully automated cervical cancer diagnostic algorithms is hindered by the paucity of high quality, standardized imaging data. The limited quality of cervical imagery can be attributed to several factors, including: incorrect instrumental settings or positioning, glint (specular reflection), blur due to poor focus, and physical contaminants. Glint eliminates the color information in affected pixels and can therefore introduce artifacts in feature extraction algorithms. Instrumental settings that result in an inadequate dynamic range or an overly constrained region of interest can reduce or eliminate pixel information and thus make image analysis algorithms unreliable. Poor focus causes image blur with a consequent loss of texture information. In addition, a variety of physical contaminants, such as blood, can obscure the desired scene and reduce or eliminate diagnostic information from affected areas. Thus, automated feedback should be provided to the colposcopist as a means to promote corrective actions. In this paper, we describe automated image quality assessment techniques, which include region of interest detection and assessment, contrast dynamic range assessment, blur detection, and contaminant detection. We have tested these algorithms using clinical colposcopic imagery, and plan to implement these algorithms in a CAD system designed to simplify high quality data acquisition. Moreover, these algorithms may also be suitable for image quality assessment in telemedicine applications.

  5. Mammography in asymptomatic women aged 40-49 years

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    Silva, Flávio Xavier; Katz, Leila; Souza, Alex Sandro Rolland; Amorim, Melania Maria Ramos

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To assess findings of mammography of and interventions resulting from breast cancer screening in women aged 40-49 years with no increased risk (typical risk) of breast cancer. METHODS This cross-sectional study evaluated women aged 40-49 years who underwent mammography screening in a mastology reference center in Recife, PE, Northeastern Brazil, between January 2010 and October 2011. Women with breast-related complaints, positive findings in the physical examination, or high risk of breast cancer were excluded. RESULTS The 1,000 mammograms performed were classified into the following Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) categories BI-RADS 0, 232; BI-RADS 1, 294; BI-RADS 2, 294; BI-RADS 3, 16; BI-RADS 4A, 2; BI-RADS 5, 1. There was one case of grade II invasive ductal carcinoma and various interventions, including 469 ultrasound scans, 53 referrals to mastologists, 11 cytological examinations, and 8 biopsies. CONCLUSIONS Mammography screening in women aged 40-49 years with typical risk of breast cancer led to the performance of other interventions. However, it also resulted in increased costs without demonstrable efficacy in decreasing mortality.

  6. Image quality issues in a static image-based telepathology consultation practice

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    Bruce H Williams; In Soon Hong; Florabel G Mullick; Daniel R Butler; Roderick F Herring; Timothy J O’Leary

    2003-01-01

    Field selection and image quality have often been identified as impediments in the successful employment of static-image telepathology. One thousand seven hundred fifty-three electronic consultations using static images were performed at the Department of Telemedicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) between November 1994 and September 2001, with 98.3% receiving a telepathology diagnosis. In 47.9% of cases, imagery was considered

  7. SPOT5: first in-flight radiometric image quality results

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    Pascal, Veronique; Lebegue, Laurent; Meygret, Aime; Laubies, Marie-Christine; Hourcastagnou, Jean-Noel; Hillairet, Emmanuel

    2003-04-01

    The SPOT5 remote sensing satellite was launched in May 2002. It provides SPOT service continuity above and beyond SPOT4 operation but the SPOT5 system also significantly improves the SPOT service with the new characteristics of its two HRG (High Resolution Geometry) cameras and its HRS (High Resolution Stereo) camera. SPOT5's first two months of life in orbit were dedicated to instrument calibration and the assessment of image quality performances. During this period, the CNES team used specific target programming to compute image correction parameters and estimate the performance of the image processing chain, at system level. This paper focuses on the relative radiometric performances of the different spectral bands for the three instruments, deduced from in-flight measurements. For each spectral band, a radiometric model gives the ratio between detector response and input radiance. This model takes the architecture of the onboard image chain into account. Calibration provides the normalisation parameters (dark currents and relative inter-detector sensitivities) used to correct the images. The quality of the corrected images is quantified through several signal-to-noise ratio measurements based on different techniques. These methods are presented and their accuracy is discussed. Finally, a comparison is given between flight measurements and ground measurements.

  8. 62 FR 55852 - Quality Mammography Standards

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    1997-10-28

    ...basic principles of physics and breast anatomy and that this would ensure the most accurate...mammograms and education in basic breast anatomy, pathology, physiology, technical aspects...example, those teaching basic breast anatomy, pathology, or physiology do...

  9. A study of image quality for radar image processing. [synthetic aperture radar imagery

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    King, R. W.; Kaupp, V. H.; Waite, W. P.; Macdonald, H. C.

    1982-01-01

    Methods developed for image quality metrics are reviewed with focus on basic interpretation or recognition elements including: tone or color; shape; pattern; size; shadow; texture; site; association or context; and resolution. Seven metrics are believed to show promise as a way of characterizing the quality of an image: (1) the dynamic range of intensities in the displayed image; (2) the system signal-to-noise ratio; (3) the system spatial bandwidth or bandpass; (4) the system resolution or acutance; (5) the normalized-mean-square-error as a measure of geometric fidelity; (6) the perceptual mean square error; and (7) the radar threshold quality factor. Selective levels of degradation are being applied to simulated synthetic radar images to test the validity of these metrics.

  10. Evaluation of an improved algorithm for producing realistic 3D breast software phantoms: Application for mammography

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    Bliznakova, K.; Suryanarayanan, S.; Karellas, A.; Pallikarakis, N. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Patras, 26500 Rio-Patras (Greece); Department of Radiology and Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 (United States); Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Patras, 26500 Rio-Patras (Greece)

    2010-11-15

    Purpose: This work presents an improved algorithm for the generation of 3D breast software phantoms and its evaluation for mammography. Methods: The improved methodology has evolved from a previously presented 3D noncompressed breast modeling method used for the creation of breast models of different size, shape, and composition. The breast phantom is composed of breast surface, duct system and terminal ductal lobular units, Cooper's ligaments, lymphatic and blood vessel systems, pectoral muscle, skin, 3D mammographic background texture, and breast abnormalities. The key improvement is the development of a new algorithm for 3D mammographic texture generation. Simulated images of the enhanced 3D breast model without lesions were produced by simulating mammographic image acquisition and were evaluated subjectively and quantitatively. For evaluation purposes, a database with regions of interest taken from simulated and real mammograms was created. Four experienced radiologists participated in a visual subjective evaluation trial, as they judged the quality of the simulated mammograms, using the new algorithm compared to mammograms, obtained with the old modeling approach. In addition, extensive quantitative evaluation included power spectral analysis and calculation of fractal dimension, skewness, and kurtosis of simulated and real mammograms from the database. Results: The results from the subjective evaluation strongly suggest that the new methodology for mammographic breast texture creates improved breast models compared to the old approach. Calculated parameters on simulated images such as {beta} exponent deducted from the power law spectral analysis and fractal dimension are similar to those calculated on real mammograms. The results for the kurtosis and skewness are also in good coincidence with those calculated from clinical images. Comparison with similar calculations published in the literature showed good agreement in the majority of cases. Conclusions: The improved methodology generated breast models with increased realism compared to the older model as shown in evaluations of simulated images by experienced radiologists. It is anticipated that the realism will be further improved using an advanced image simulator so that simulated images may be used in feasibility studies in mammography.

  11. Positron Emission Mammography with Multiple Angle Acquisition

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    Mark F. Smith; Stan Majewski; Raymond R. Raylman

    2002-11-01

    Positron emission mammography (PEM) of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake in breast tumors with dedicated detectors typically has been accomplished with two planar detectors in a fixed position with the breast under compression. The potential use of PEM imaging at two detector positions to guide stereotactic breast biopsy has motivated us to use PEM coincidence data acquired at two or more detector positions together in a single image reconstruction. Multiple angle PEM acquisition and iterative image reconstruction were investigated using point source and compressed breast phantom acquisitions with 5, 9, 12 and 15 mm diameter spheres and a simulated tumor:background activity concentration ratio of 6:1. Image reconstruction was performed with an iterative MLEM algorithm that used coincidence events between any two detector pixels on opposed detector heads at each detector position. This present study compared two acquisition protocols: 2 angle acquisition with detector angular positions of -15 and +15 degrees and 11 angle acquisition with detector positions spaced at 3 degree increments over the range -15 to +15 degrees. Three- dimensional image resolution was assessed for the point source acquisitions, and contrast and signal-to-noise metrics were evaluated for the compressed breast phantom with different simulated tumor sizes. Radial and tangential resolutions were similar for the two protocols, while normal resolution was better for the 2 angle acquisition. Analysis is complicated by the asymmetric point spread functions. Signal- to-noise vs. contrast tradeoffs were better for 11 angle acquisition for the smallest visible 9 mm sphere, while tradeoff results were mixed for the larger and more easily visible 12 mm and 15 mm diameter spheres. Additional study is needed to better understand the performance of limited angle tomography for PEM. PEM tomography experiments with complete angular sampling are planned.

  12. Positron Emission Mammography with Multiple Angle Acquisition

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    Mark F. Smith; Stan Majewski; Raymond R. Raylman

    2002-11-01

    Positron emission mammography (PEM) of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FbG) uptake in breast tumors with dedicated detectors typically has been accomplished with two planar detectors in a fixed position with the breast under compression. The potential use of PEM imaging at two detector positions to guide stereotactic breast biopsy has motivated us to use PEM coincidence data acquired at two or more detector positions together in a single image reconstruction. Multiple angle PEM acquisition and iterative image reconstruction were investigated using point source and compressed breast phantom acquisitions with 5, 9, 12 and 15 mm diameter spheres and a simulated tumor:background activity concentration ratio of 6:1. Image reconstruction was performed with an iterative MLEM algorithm that used coincidence events between any two detector pixels on opposed detector heads at each detector position. This present study compared two acquisition protocols: 2 angle acquisition with detector angular positions of -15 and +15 degrees and 11 angle acquisition with detector positions spaced at 3 degree increments over the range -15 to +15 degrees. Three-dimensional image resolution was assessed for the point source acquisitions, and contrast and signal-to-noise metrics were evaluated for the compressed breast phantom with different simulated tumor sizes. Radial and tangential resolutions were similar for the two protocols, while normal resolution was better for the 2 angle acquisition. Analysis is complicated by the asymmetric point spread functions. Signal- to-noise vs. contrast tradeoffs were better for 11 angle acquisition for the smallest visible 9 mm sphere, while tradeoff results were mixed for the larger and more easily visible 12 mm and 15 mm diameter spheres. Additional study is needed to better understand the performance of limited angle tomography for PEM. PEM tomography experiments with complete angular sampling are planned.

  13. Image quality assessment based on multiscale geometric analysis.

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    Gao, Xinbo; Lu, Wen; Tao, Dacheng; Li, Xuelong

    2009-07-01

    Reduced-reference (RR) image quality assessment (IQA) has been recognized as an effective and efficient way to predict the visual quality of distorted images. The current standard is the wavelet-domain natural image statistics model (WNISM), which applies the Kullback-Leibler divergence between the marginal distributions of wavelet coefficients of the reference and distorted images to measure the image distortion. However, WNISM fails to consider the statistical correlations of wavelet coefficients in different subbands and the visual response characteristics of the mammalian cortical simple cells. In addition, wavelet transforms are optimal greedy approximations to extract singularity structures, so they fail to explicitly extract the image geometric information, e.g., lines and curves. Finally, wavelet coefficients are dense for smooth image edge contours. In this paper, to target the aforementioned problems in IQA, we develop a novel framework for IQA to mimic the human visual system (HVS) by incorporating the merits from multiscale geometric analysis (MGA), contrast sensitivity function (CSF), and the Weber's law of just noticeable difference (JND). In the proposed framework, MGA is utilized to decompose images and then extract features to mimic the multichannel structure of HVS. Additionally, MGA offers a series of transforms including wavelet, curvelet, bandelet, contourlet, wavelet-based contourlet transform (WBCT), and hybrid wavelets and directional filter banks (HWD), and different transforms capture different types of image geometric information. CSF is applied to weight coefficients obtained by MGA to simulate the appearance of images to observers by taking into account many of the nonlinearities inherent in HVS. JND is finally introduced to produce a noticeable variation in sensory experience. Thorough empirical studies are carried out upon the LIVE database against subjective mean opinion score (MOS) and demonstrate that 1) the proposed framework has good consistency with subjective perception values and the objective assessment results can well reflect the visual quality of images, 2) different transforms in MGA under the new framework perform better than the standard WNISM and some of them even perform better than the standard full-reference IQA model, i.e., the mean structural similarity index, and 3) HWD performs best among all transforms in MGA under the framework. PMID:19447715

  14. Does pre-operative breast magnetic resonance imaging in addition to mammography and breast ultrasonography change the operative management of breast carcinoma?

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    Hye In Lim; Jae Hyuck Choi; Jung-Hyun Yang; Boo-Kyung Han; Jeong Eon Lee; Se-Kyung Lee; Wan Wook Kim; Sangmin Kim; Jee Soo Kim; Jung-Han Kim; Jun-Ho Choe; Eun Yoon Cho; Seok Seon Kang; Jung Hee Shin; Eun Young Ko; Sang Wook Kim; Seok Jin Nam

    2010-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used for the local staging of breast cancer, especially to determine the extent\\u000a of multiple lesions and to identify occult malignancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pre-operative\\u000a MRI on the surgical treatment of breast cancer. Between January 2006 and May 2007, 535 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients\\u000a who

  15. Assessment of Feasibility to Use Computer Aided Texture Analysis Based Tool for Parametric Images of Suspicious Lesions in DCE-MR Mammography

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    Kale, Mehmet Cemil; Fleig, John David; ?mal, Naz?m

    2013-01-01

    Our aim was to analyze the feasibility of computer aided malignant tumor detection using the traditional texture analysis applied on two-compartment-based parameter pseudoimages of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (DCE-MR) breast image data. A major contribution of this research will be the through-plane assessment capability. Texture analysis was performed on two-compartment-based pseudo images of DCE-MRI datasets of breast data of eight subjects. The resulting texture parameter pseudo images were inputted to a feedforward neural network classification system which uses the manual segmentations of a primary radiologist as a gold standard, and each voxel was assigned as malignant or nonmalignant. The classification results were compared with the lesions manually segmented by a second radiologist. Results show that the mean true positive fraction (TPF) and false positive fraction (FPF) performance of the classifier vs. primary radiologist is statistically as good as the mean TPF and FPF performance of the second radiologist vs. primary radiologist with a confidence interval of 95% using a one-sample t-test with ? = 0.05. In the experiment implemented on all of the eight subjects, all malignant tumors marked by the primary radiologist were classified to be malignant by the computer classifier. Our results have shown that neural network classification using the textural parameters for automated screening of two-compartment-based parameter pseudo images of DCE-MRI as input data can be a supportive tool for the radiologists in the preassessment stage to show the possible cancerous regions and in the postassessment stage to review the segmentations especially in analyzing complex DCE-MRI cases. PMID:23653668

  16. Optimizing 3D image quality and performance for stereoscopic gaming

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    Flack, Julien; Sanderson, Hugh; Pegg, Steven; Kwok, Simon; Paterson, Daniel

    2009-02-01

    The successful introduction of stereoscopic TV systems, such as Samsung's 3D Ready Plasma, requires high quality 3D content to be commercially available to the consumer. Console and PC games provide the most readily accessible source of high quality 3D content. This paper describes innovative developments in a generic, PC-based game driver architecture that addresses the two key issues affecting 3D gaming: quality and speed. At the heart of the quality issue are the same considerations that studios face producing stereoscopic renders from CG movies: how best to perform the mapping from a geometric CG environment into the stereoscopic display volume. The major difference being that for game drivers this mapping cannot be choreographed by hand but must be automatically calculated in real-time without significant impact on performance. Performance is a critical issue when dealing with gaming. Stereoscopic gaming has traditionally meant rendering the scene twice with the associated performance overhead. An alternative approach is to render the scene from one virtual camera position and use information from the z-buffer to generate a stereo pair using Depth-Image-Based Rendering (DIBR). We analyze this trade-off in more detail and provide some results relating to both 3D image quality and render performance.

  17. Validating self-reported mammography use in vulnerable communities: findings and recommendations

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    Allgood, Kristi L.; Rauscher, Garth H.; Whitman, Steven; Vasquez-Jones, Giselle; Shah, Ami M.

    2014-01-01

    Background Most health surveys ask women whether they have had a recent mammogram, all of which report mammography use (past two years) at about 70–80% regardless of race or residence. We examined the potential extent of over-reporting of mammography use in low income African-American and Latina women, and whether self-report inaccuracies might bias estimated associations between patient characteristics and mammography use. Methods Using venue based sampling in two poor communities on the west side of Chicago, we asked eligible women living in two west side communities of Chicago to complete a survey about breast health (n=2,200) and to provide consent to view their medical record. Of the n=1,909 women who screened eligible for medical record review, n=1,566 consented (82%). We obtained medical records of all women who provided both permission and a valid local mammography facility (n=1,221). We compared the self-reported responses from the survey to the imaging reports found in the medical record (documented). To account for missing data we conducted multiple imputations for key demographic variables and report standard measures of accuracy. Results Although 73% of women self-reported a mammogram in the last 2 years, only 45% of self-reports were documented. Over-reporting of mammography use was observed for all three ethnic groups. Conclusions These results suggest considerable over-estimation of prevalence of use in these vulnerable populations. Impact Relying on known faulty self-reported mammography data as a measure of mammography use provides an overly optimistic picture of utilization, a problem that may be exacerbated in vulnerable minority communities. PMID:24859870

  18. Satellite teleradiology test bed for digital mammography

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    Barnett, Bruce G.; Dudding, Kathryn E.; Abdel-Malek, Aiman A.; Mitchell, Robert J.

    1996-05-01

    Teleradiology offers significant improvement in efficiency and patient compliance over current practices in traditional film/screen-based diagnosis. The increasing number of women who need to be screened for breast cancer, including those in remote rural regions, make the advantages of teleradiology especially attractive for digital mammography. At the same time, the size and resolution of digital mammograms are among the most challenging to support in a cost effective teleradiology system. This paper will describe a teleradiology architecture developed for use with digital mammography by GE Corporate Research and Development in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital under National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH) grant number R01 CA60246-01. The testbed architecture is based on the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard, created by the American College of Radiology and National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The testbed uses several Sun workstations running SunOS, which emulate a rural examination facility connected to a central diagnostic facility, and uses a TCP-based DICOM application to transfer images over a satellite link. Network performance depends on the product of the bandwidth times the round- trip time. A satellite link has a round trip of 513 milliseconds, making the bandwidth-delay a significant problem. This type of high bandwidth, high delay network is called a Long Fat Network, or LFN. The goal of this project was to quantify the performance of the satellite link, and evaluate the effectiveness of TCP over an LFN. Four workstations have Sun's HSI/S (High Speed Interface) option. Two are connected by a cable, and two are connected through a satellite link. Both interfaces have the same T1 bandwidth (1.544 Megabits per second). The only difference was the round trip time. Even with large window buffers, the time to transfer a file over the satellite link was significantly longer, due to the bandwidth-delay. To compensate for this, TCP extensions for LFNs such as the Window Scaling Option (described in RFC1323) were necessary to optimize the use of the link. A high level analysis of throughput, with and without these TCP extensions, will be discussed. Recommendations will be made as to the critical areas for future work.

  19. Reduced reference image quality assessment via sub-image similarity based redundancy measurement

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    Mou, Xuanqin; Xue, Wufeng; Zhang, Lei

    2012-03-01

    The reduced reference (RR) image quality assessment (IQA) has been attracting much attention from researchers for its loyalty to human perception and flexibility in practice. A promising RR metric should be able to predict the perceptual quality of an image accurately while using as few features as possible. In this paper, a novel RR metric is presented, whose novelty lies in two aspects. Firstly, it measures the image redundancy by calculating the so-called Sub-image Similarity (SIS), and the image quality is measured by comparing the SIS between the reference image and the test image. Secondly, the SIS is computed by the ratios of NSE (Non-shift Edge) between pairs of sub-images. Experiments on two IQA databases (i.e. LIVE and CSIQ databases) show that by using only 6 features, the proposed metric can work very well with high correlations between the subjective and objective scores. In particular, it works consistently well across all the distortion types.

  20. Multilayer x-ray detector for contrast-enhanced digital subtraction mammography

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    Allec, Nicholas; Karim, Karim S.

    2010-04-01

    Contrast-enhanced digital subtraction mammography relies on the growth of new blood vessels (i.e. tumor angiogenesis) during the development of cancer. The growth accompanies an increase in tumor cell population to provide sufficient materials for cell proliferation. Since cancers will accumulate an injected contrast agent more than other tissues, it is possible to use one of several methods to enhance the area of lesions and remove the contrast of normal tissue. Large area flat panel detectors may be used for contrast-enhanced mammography wherein the subtraction of two acquired images is used to create the resulting enhanced image. Existing methods include temporal subtraction and dual energy subtraction, however these methods suffer from artifacts due to patient motion between the registration of images to be subtracted. In this paper we propose using a multilayer flat panel detector for contrast-enhanced digital subtraction mammography. The detector is designed to acquire both images simultaneously, thus avoiding motion artifacts in the resulting subtracted image. We study the multilayer detector design and examine the optimal weight factor and the signal difference to noise ratio. We find that the multilayer detector has the potential for energy discrimination, and thus the ability to be used for contrast-enhanced digital subtraction mammography.

  1. Novel MOS prediction models for compressed medical image quality.

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    Kumar, B; Singh, S P; Mohan, A; Anand, A

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the development of novel models which can be potentially useful in determining the upper limit of image compression thresholds, to preserve diagnostically relevant information in compressed medical images. These models were developed by evolving the correlation between the theoretically computed objective (peak signal-to-noise ratio and structural similarity) and subjective mean opinion score (MOS) quality parameters. The developed models were validated by comparing the model generated MOS with the corresponding experimental MOS of six independent observers considering joint photographic experts group (JPEG), JPEG2000 and set partitioning in hierarchical trees (SPIHT) compressions of computed tomography (CT) scan images. It is found that the correlation between the model generated and experimental MOS and PRD are ?0.87 and ?13% respectively for the compression range 0.05-2.0 bits/pixel of the CT scan images. Therefore our models can be potentially useful for observer-independent MOS prediction and quality assessment of reconstructed medical images. In addition this also avoids the need for exhaustive and time-consuming experimental MOS and thus it can be more suitable for teleradiology applications. PMID:21401314

  2. Performance evaluation of objective quality metrics for HDR image compression

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    Valenzise, Giuseppe; De Simone, Francesca; Lauga, Paul; Dufaux, Frederic

    2014-09-01

    Due to the much larger luminance and contrast characteristics of high dynamic range (HDR) images, well-known objective quality metrics, widely used for the assessment of low dynamic range (LDR) content, cannot be directly applied to HDR images in order to predict their perceptual fidelity. To overcome this limitation, advanced fidelity metrics, such as the HDR-VDP, have been proposed to accurately predict visually significant differences. However, their complex calibration may make them difficult to use in practice. A simpler approach consists in computing arithmetic or structural fidelity metrics, such as PSNR and SSIM, on perceptually encoded luminance values but the performance of quality prediction in this case has not been clearly studied. In this paper, we aim at providing a better comprehension of the limits and the potentialities of this approach, by means of a subjective study. We compare the performance of HDR-VDP to that of PSNR and SSIM computed on perceptually encoded luminance values, when considering compressed HDR images. Our results show that these simpler metrics can be effectively employed to assess image fidelity for applications such as HDR image compression.

  3. Quality assessment of butter cookies applying multispectral imaging

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    Andresen, Mette S; Dissing, Bjørn S; Løje, Hanne

    2013-01-01

    A method for characterization of butter cookie quality by assessing the surface browning and water content using multispectral images is presented. Based on evaluations of the browning of butter cookies, cookies were manually divided into groups. From this categorization, reference values were calculated for a statistical prediction model correlating multispectral images with a browning score. The browning score is calculated as a function of oven temperature and baking time. It is presented as a quadratic response surface. The investigated process window was the intervals 4–16 min and 160–200°C in a forced convection electrically heated oven. In addition to the browning score, a model for predicting the average water content based on the same images is presented. This shows how multispectral images of butter cookies may be used for the assessment of different quality parameters. Statistical analysis showed that the most significant wavelengths for browning predictions were in the interval 400–700 nm and the wavelengths significant for water prediction were primarily located in the near-infrared spectrum. The water prediction model was found to correctly estimate the average water content with an absolute error of 0.22%. From the images it was also possible to follow the browning and drying propagation from the cookie edge toward the center. PMID:24804036

  4. Radiation dose in cardiac CT angiography: protocols and image quality.

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    Oliveira, L C G; Gottlieb, I; Rizzi, P; Lopes, R T; Kodlulovich, S

    2013-06-01

    This paper aims to evaluate the radiation dose exposure of patients submitted to cardiac computed tomography angiography. The effective dose was obtained from the product of dose-length product values and the conversion factor established in the European Working Group for Guidelines on Quality Criteria in CT. The image noise and contrast- and signal-to-noise ratios were obtained for all images. Sixty-four- and 256-slice CT angiographies were used in 211 (68.5 %) and 97 (31.5 %) patients, respectively. The calculated mean effective dose with prospective CT angiography was 6.0±1.0 mSv and the retrospective mode was 8.4±1.2 mSv. The mean image noise values were 38.5±9.5 and 21.4 ± 5.3 for prospective and retrospective modes, respectively. It was observed that the image noise increased by 44.4 % using a prospective mode. Prospective CT angiography reduces radiation dose by ?29 % compared with the retrospective mode, while maintaining diagnostic image quality and the ability to assess obstructions in patients. PMID:23235799

  5. Effect of monitor image quality on the soft-copy interpretation of chest CR images

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    Siegel, Eliot L.; Reiner, Bruce I.; Hooper, Frank; Sevarance, Steven; Brower, Steven

    2001-08-01

    Four radiologists independently reviewed eighty individual thoracic computed radiography images. These consisted of 41 normal radiographs and 39 abnormal radiographs. Images were reviewed using 2,048 by 1,536 pixel monitors which varied widely in image quality as documented using a SMPTE pattern. Overall sensitivity for pathology ranged from .94 to .97 for the radiologists and varied minimally (0.95 to 1.0) for the four monitor quality levels tested while specificity varied to a much greater extent for the radiologists (0.68 to 0.93) and for the various monitors (0.76 to 0.93). The control (good quality) monitor demonstrated substantially higher specificity than the other three monitors (which varied from very poor to fair) but there were no significant differences among the non-control monitors despite their wide variance with regard to image quality. There was no significant difference in sensitivity for the monitors (including the control). Additionally no significant differences were found in the level of diagnostic confidence by the radiologists for the four monitors. These findings suggest that the actual effect of monitor quality degradation on clinical accuracy and confidence is complex and correlates poorly with traditional quality assurance metrics performed for these systems. Additional investigation into the monitor characteristics which most affect clinical confidence and performance is warranted.

  6. Characterization of image quality and image-guidance performance of a preclinical microirradiator

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    Clarkson, R.; Lindsay, P. E.; Ansell, S.; Wilson, G.; Jelveh, S.; Hill, R. P.; Jaffray, D. A. [Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada) and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5 2M9 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada) and Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada) and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada) and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada)

    2011-02-15

    Purpose: To assess image quality and image-guidance capabilities of a cone-beam CT based small-animal image-guided irradiation unit (micro-IGRT). Methods: A micro-IGRT system has been developed in collaboration with the authors' laboratory as a means to study the radiobiological effects of conformal radiation dose distributions in small animals. The system, the X-Rad 225Cx, consists of a 225 kVp x-ray tube and a flat-panel amorphous silicon detector mounted on a rotational C-arm gantry and is capable of both fluoroscopic x-ray and cone-beam CT imaging, as well as image-guided placement of the radiation beams. Image quality (voxel noise, modulation transfer, CT number accuracy, and geometric accuracy characteristics) was assessed using water cylinder and micro-CT test phantoms. Image guidance was tested by analyzing the dose delivered to radiochromic films fixed to BB's through the end-to-end process of imaging, targeting the center of the BB, and irradiation of the film/BB in order to compare the offset between the center of the field and the center of the BB. Image quality and geometric studies were repeated over a 5-7 month period to assess stability. Results: CT numbers reported were found to be linear (R{sup 2}{>=}0.998) and the noise for images of homogeneous water phantom was 30 HU at imaging doses of approximately 1 cGy (to water). The presampled MTF at 50% and 10% reached 0.64 and 1.35 mm{sup -1}, respectively. Targeting accuracy by means of film irradiations was shown to have a mean displacement error of [{Delta}x,{Delta}y,{Delta}z]=[-0.12,-0.05,-0.02] mm, with standard deviations of [0.02, 0.20, 0.17] mm. The system has proven to be stable over time, with both the image quality and image-guidance performance being reproducible for the duration of the studies. Conclusions: The micro-IGRT unit provides soft-tissue imaging of small-animal anatomy at acceptable imaging doses ({<=}1 cGy). The geometric accuracy and targeting systems permit dose placement with submillimeter accuracy and precision. The system has proven itself to be stable over 2 yr of routine laboratory use (>1800 irradiations) and provides a platform for the exploration of targeted radiation effects in small-animal models.

  7. Characterization of image quality and image-guidance performance of a preclinical microirradiator

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    Clarkson, R.; Lindsay, P. E.; Ansell, S.; Wilson, G.; Jelveh, S.; Hill, R. P.; Jaffray, D. A.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To assess image quality and image-guidance capabilities of a cone-beam CT based small-animal image-guided irradiation unit (micro-IGRT). Methods: A micro-IGRT system has been developed in collaboration with the authors’ laboratory as a means to study the radiobiological effects of conformal radiation dose distributions in small animals. The system, the X-Rad 225Cx, consists of a 225 kVp x-ray tube and a flat-panel amorphous silicon detector mounted on a rotational C-arm gantry and is capable of both fluoroscopic x-ray and cone-beam CT imaging, as well as image-guided placement of the radiation beams. Image quality (voxel noise, modulation transfer, CT number accuracy, and geometric accuracy characteristics) was assessed using water cylinder and micro-CT test phantoms. Image guidance was tested by analyzing the dose delivered to radiochromic films fixed to BB’s through the end-to-end process of imaging, targeting the center of the BB, and irradiation of the film?BB in order to compare the offset between the center of the field and the center of the BB. Image quality and geometric studies were repeated over a 5–7 month period to assess stability. Results: CT numbers reported were found to be linear (R2?0.998) and the noise for images of homogeneous water phantom was 30 HU at imaging doses of approximately 1 cGy (to water). The presampled MTF at 50% and 10% reached 0.64 and 1.35 mm?1, respectively. Targeting accuracy by means of film irradiations was shown to have a mean displacement error of [?x,?y,?z]=[?0.12,?0.05,?0.02] mm, with standard deviations of [0.02, 0.20, 0.17] mm. The system has proven to be stable over time, with both the image quality and image-guidance performance being reproducible for the duration of the studies. Conclusions: The micro-IGRT unit provides soft-tissue imaging of small-animal anatomy at acceptable imaging doses (?1 cGy). The geometric accuracy and targeting systems permit dose placement with submillimeter accuracy and precision. The system has proven itself to be stable over 2 yr of routine laboratory use (>1800 irradiations) and provides a platform for the exploration of targeted radiation effects in small-animal models. PMID:21452722

  8. Paediatric cerebrovascular CT angiography—towards better image quality

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    Thust, Stefanie C.; Chong, Wui Khean Kling; Gunny, Roxana; Mazumder, Asif; Poitelea, Marius; Welsh, Anna; Ederies, Ash

    2014-01-01

    Background Paediatric cerebrovascular CT angiography (CTA) can be challenging to perform due to variable cardiovascular physiology between different age groups and the risk of movement artefact. This analysis aimed to determine what proportion of CTA at our institution was of diagnostic quality and identify technical factors which could be improved. Materials and methods a retrospective analysis of 20 cases was performed at a national paediatric neurovascular centre assessing image quality with a subjective scoring system and Hounsfield Unit (HU) measurements. Demographic data, contrast dose, flow rate and triggering times were recorded for each patient. Results Using a qualitative scoring system, 75% of studies were found to be of diagnostic quality (n=9 ‘good’, n=6 ‘satisfactory’) and 25% (n=5) were ‘poor’. Those judged subjectively to be poor had arterial contrast density measured at less than 250 HU. Increased arterial opacification was achieved for cases performed with an increased flow rate (2.5-4 mL/s) and higher intravenous contrast dose (2 mL/kg). Triggering was found to be well timed in nine cases, early in four cases and late in seven cases. Of the scans triggered early, 75% were poor. Of the scans triggered late, less (29%) were poor. Conclusions High flow rates (>2.5 mL/s) were a key factor for achieving high quality paediatric cerebrovascular CTA imaging. However, appropriate triggering by starting the scan immediately on contrast opacification of the monitoring vessel plays an important role and could maintain image quality when flow rates were lower. Early triggering appeared more detrimental than late. PMID:25525579

  9. Quantitative contrast-enhanced mammography for contrast medium kinetics studies.

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    Arvanitis, C D; Speller, R

    2009-10-21

    Quantitative contrast-enhanced mammography, based on a dual-energy approach, aims to extract quantitative and temporal information of the tumour enhancement after administration of iodinated vascular contrast media. Simulations using analytical expressions and optimization of critical parameters essential for the development of quantitative contrast-enhanced mammography are presented. The procedure has been experimentally evaluated using a tissue-equivalent phantom and an amorphous silicon active matrix flat panel imager. The x-ray beams were produced by a tungsten target tube and spectrally shaped using readily available materials. Measurement of iodine projected thickness in mg cm(-2) has been performed. The effect of beam hardening does not introduce nonlinearities in the measurement of iodine projected thickness for values of thicknesses found in clinical investigations. However, scattered radiation introduces significant deviations from slope equal to unity when compared with the actual iodine projected thickness. Scatter correction before the analysis of the dual-energy images provides accurate iodine projected thickness measurements. At 10% of the exposure used in clinical mammography, signal-to-noise ratios in excess of 5 were achieved for iodine projected thicknesses less than 3 mg cm(-2) within a 4 cm thick phantom. For the extraction of temporal information, a limited number of low-dose images were used with the phantom incorporating a flow of iodinated contrast medium. The results suggest that spatial and temporal information of iodinated contrast media can be used to indirectly measure the tumour microvessel density and determine its uptake and washout from breast tumours. The proposed method can significantly improve tumour detection in dense breasts. Its application to perform in situ x-ray biopsy and assessment of the oncolytic effect of anticancer agents is foreseeable. PMID:19779213

  10. Beef quality parameters estimation using ultrasound and color images

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    2015-01-01

    Background Beef quality measurement is a complex task with high economic impact. There is high interest in obtaining an automatic quality parameters estimation in live cattle or post mortem. In this paper we set out to obtain beef quality estimates from the analysis of ultrasound (in vivo) and color images (post mortem), with the measurement of various parameters related to tenderness and amount of meat: rib eye area, percentage of intramuscular fat and backfat thickness or subcutaneous fat. Proposal An algorithm based on curve evolution is implemented to calculate the rib eye area. The backfat thickness is estimated from the profile of distances between two curves that limit the steak and the rib eye, previously detected. A model base in Support Vector Regression (SVR) is trained to estimate the intramuscular fat percentage. A series of features extracted on a region of interest, previously detected in both ultrasound and color images, were proposed. In all cases, a complete evaluation was performed with different databases including: color and ultrasound images acquired by a beef industry expert, intramuscular fat estimation obtained by an expert using a commercial software, and chemical analysis. Conclusions The proposed algorithms show good results to calculate the rib eye area and the backfat thickness measure and profile. They are also promising in predicting the percentage of intramuscular fat. PMID:25734452

  11. Radiometric Quality Evaluation of INSAT-3D Imager Data

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    Prakash, S.; Jindal, D.; Badal, N.; Kartikeyan, B.; Gopala Krishna, B.

    2014-11-01

    INSAT-3D is an advanced meteorological satellite of ISRO which acquires imagery in optical and infra-red (IR) channels for study of weather dynamics in Indian sub-continent region. In this paper, methodology of radiometric quality evaluation for Level-1 products of Imager, one of the payloads onboard INSAT-3D, is described. Firstly, overall visual quality of scene in terms of dynamic range, edge sharpness or modulation transfer function (MTF), presence of striping and other image artefacts is computed. Uniform targets in Desert and Sea region are identified for which detailed radiometric performance evaluation for IR channels is carried out. Mean brightness temperature (BT) of targets is computed and validated with independently generated radiometric references. Further, diurnal/seasonal trends in target BT values and radiometric uncertainty or sensor noise are studied. Results of radiometric quality evaluation over duration of eight months (January to August 2014) and comparison of radiometric consistency pre/post yaw flip of satellite are presented. Radiometric Analysis indicates that INSAT-3D images have high contrast (MTF > 0.2) and low striping effects. A bias of <4K is observed in the brightness temperature values of TIR-1 channel measured during January-August 2014 indicating consistent radiometric calibration. Diurnal and seasonal analysis shows that Noise equivalent differential temperature (NEdT) for IR channels is consistent and well within specifications.

  12. Incorporating detection tasks into the assessment of CT image quality

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    Scalzetti, E. M.; Huda, W.; Ogden, K. M.; Khan, M.; Roskopf, M. L.; Ogden, D.

    2006-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare traditional and task dependent assessments of CT image quality. Chest CT examinations were obtained with a standard protocol for subjects participating in a lung cancer-screening project. Images were selected for patients whose weight ranged from 45 kg to 159 kg. Six ABR certified radiologists subjectively ranked these images using a traditional six-point ranking scheme that ranged from 1 (inadequate) to 6 (excellent). Three subtle diagnostic tasks were identified: (1) a lung section containing a sub-centimeter nodule of ground-glass opacity in an upper lung (2) a mediastinal section with a lymph node of soft tissue density in the mediastinum; (3) a liver section with a rounded low attenuation lesion in the liver periphery. Each observer was asked to estimate the probability of detecting each type of lesion in the appropriate CT section using a six-point scale ranging from 1 (< 10%) to 6 (> 90%). Traditional and task dependent measures of image quality were plotted as a function of patient weight. For the lung section, task dependent evaluations were very similar to those obtained using the traditional scoring scheme, but with larger inter-observer differences. Task dependent evaluations for the mediastinal section showed no obvious trend with subject weight, whereas there the traditional score decreased from ~4.9 for smaller subjects to ~3.3 for the larger subjects. Task dependent evaluations for the liver section showed a decreasing trend from ~4.1 for the smaller subjects to ~1.9 for the larger subjects, whereas the traditional evaluation had a markedly narrower range of scores. A task-dependent method of assessing CT image quality can be implemented with relative ease, and is likely to be more meaningful in the clinical setting.

  13. Advanced imaging in colonoscopy and its impact on quality.

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    Sharma, Prateek; Gupta, Neil; Kuipers, Ernst J; Repici, Alessandro; Wallace, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Detecting and resecting colonic polyps during endoscopy has been shown to reduce CRC. At the same time, endoscopy has faced substantial technical improvements and continues to undergo major changes. Detection of colorectal neoplasias is facilitated by using high-definition endoscopy, and characterization of lesions is more accurate by using virtual CE. High-definition endoscopy has found widespread use, whereas virtual CE is still more often used in tertiary centers and for high-risk patient groups. Endomicroscopy has opened the door for in vivo histology and functional as well as molecular imaging. Thorough training of the endoscopists is necessary, and redefined reimbursement codes may help make these techniques available in the clinical arena for high-risk patients who are most probable to benefit from the more advanced diagnostic endoscopy techniques. Over recent years, there has also been an increasing push by healthcare payors and providers to improve the quality of healthcare services. The ultimate goal of monitoring quality measures is to improve the overall health of the population and, for colon cancer screening, to reduce the incidence and mortality of colon cancer. However, the development of an appropriate quality measure and ensuring the accuracy of the data on which we base our efforts are among the first challenges that we must meet (Table 1). The continued technologic advancements in colonoscopy and endoscopic imaging may result in improvements in the quality of colonoscopy and should lead to a decrease in the incidence and mortality from colon cancer. PMID:24119713

  14. A novel approach to scatter-free imaging for the improvement of breast cancer Detection

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    Green, F. H.; Veale, M. C.; Wilson, M. D.; Seller, P.; Scuffham, J.; Pani, S.

    2014-12-01

    Compton scattering is one of the main causes of image degradation in X-ray imaging. This is particularly noticeable in mammography where details of interest feature low contrast in comparison to the surrounding tissue. This work shows the feasibility of obtaining scatter-free images by using a quasi-monochromatic X-ray beam and a pixellated spectroscopic detector. This work presents characterisation of the imaging system and quantitative imaging data of a low contrast test object. An improvement in contrast by 8% was observed compared to images obtained including scattered radiation. Comparison with a conventional setup showed an increase in the image quality factor when scatter has been removed.

  15. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics.

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    Barrett, Harrison H; Myers, Kyle J; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2006-12-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed. PMID:17106464

  16. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2008-01-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed. PMID:17106464

  17. Evaluation of scatter effects on image quality for breast tomosynthesis

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    Wu, Gang; Mainprize, James G.; Boone, John M.; Yaffe, Martin J.

    2009-01-01

    Digital breast tomosynthesis uses a limited number (typically 10–20) of low-dose x-ray projections to produce a pseudo-three-dimensional volume tomographic reconstruction of the breast. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize and evaluate the effect of scattered radiation on the image quality for breast tomosynthesis. In a simulation, scatter point spread functions generated by a Monte Carlo simulation method were convolved over the breast projection to estimate the distribution of scatter for each angle of tomosynthesis projection. The results demonstrate that in the absence of scatter reduction techniques, images will be affected by cupping artifacts, and there will be reduced accuracy of attenuation values inferred from the reconstructed images. The effect of x-ray scatter on the contrast, noise, and lesion signal-difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR) in tomosynthesis reconstruction was measured as a function of the tumor size. When a with-scatter reconstruction was compared to one without scatter for a 5 cm compressed breast, the following results were observed. The contrast in the reconstructed central slice image of a tumorlike mass (14 mm in diameter) was reduced by 30%, the voxel value (inferred attenuation coefficient) was reduced by 28%, and the SDNR fell by 60%. The authors have quantified the degree to which scatter degrades the image quality over a wide range of parameters relevant to breast tomosynthesis, including x-ray beam energy, breast thickness, breast diameter, and breast composition. They also demonstrate, though, that even without a scatter rejection device, the contrast and SDNR in the reconstructed tomosynthesis slice are higher than those of conventional mammographic projection images acquired with a grid at an equivalent total exposure. PMID:19928073

  18. Completely blind image quality assessment based on gray-scale fluctuations

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    Yang, Xichen; Sun, Quansen; Wang, Tianshu

    2014-04-01

    Completely blind image quality assessment is the further development of no reference image quality assessment. And this kind quality assessment method is highly unsupervised, training free, and don't rely on natural scene statistic model. This paper proposes a completely blind quality assessment method based on gray-scale fluctuations (GFQA). The new method uses a specific image primitive to analyze the image gray fluctuations. And the analysis result is used to assess the image quality and give the image quality assessment result directly. The experimental results show that the new method accords closely with human subjective judgments of diverse distorted images when tested on the large publicly available `LIVE' Image Quality database.

  19. Image Quality Improvement in Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy Assisted Capillary Visualization Using B-spline-based Elastic Image Registration

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    Uji, Akihito; Ooto, Sotaro; Hangai, Masanori; Arichika, Shigeta; Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the effect of B-spline-based elastic image registration on adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AO-SLO)-assisted capillary visualization. Methods AO-SLO videos were acquired from parafoveal areas in the eyes of healthy subjects and patients with various diseases. After nonlinear image registration, the image quality of capillary images constructed from AO-SLO videos using motion contrast enhancement was compared before and after B-spline-based elastic (nonlinear) image registration performed using ImageJ. For objective comparison of image quality, contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRS) for vessel images were calculated. For subjective comparison, experienced ophthalmologists ranked images on a 5-point scale. Results All AO-SLO videos were successfully stabilized by elastic image registration. CNR was significantly higher in capillary images stabilized by elastic image registration than in those stabilized without registration. The average ratio of CNR in images with elastic image registration to CNR in images without elastic image registration was 2.10 ± 1.73, with no significant difference in the ratio between patients and healthy subjects. Improvement of image quality was also supported by expert comparison. Conclusions Use of B-spline-based elastic image registration in AO-SLO-assisted capillary visualization was effective for enhancing image quality both objectively and subjectively. PMID:24265796

  20. Mammography

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    ... the x-ray plate. A device called a compressor will be pressed firmly against the breast. This ... The compressor surfaces may feel cold. When the breast is pressed down, you may have some pain. This needs ...

  1. Readout-Segmented Echo-Planar Imaging in Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging in Breast Cancer: Comparison with Single-Shot Echo-Planar Imaging in Image Quality

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    Kim, Yun Ju; Kang, Bong Joo; Park, Chang Suk; Kim, Hyeon Sook; Son, Yo Han; Porter, David Andrew; Song, Byung Joo

    2014-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to compare the image quality of standard single-shot echo-planar imaging (ss-EPI) and that of readout-segmented EPI (rs-EPI) in patients with breast cancer. Materials and Methods Seventy-one patients with 74 breast cancers underwent both ss-EPI and rs-EPI. For qualitative comparison of image quality, three readers independently assessed the two sets of diffusion-weighted (DW) images. To evaluate geometric distortion, a comparison was made between lesion lengths derived from contrast enhanced MR (CE-MR) images and those obtained from the corresponding DW images. For assessment of image parameters, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), lesion contrast, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) were calculated. Results The rs-EPI was superior to ss-EPI in most criteria regarding the qualitative image quality. Anatomical structure distinction, delineation of the lesion, ghosting artifact, and overall image quality were significantly better in rs-EPI. Regarding the geometric distortion, lesion length on ss-EPI was significantly different from that of CE-MR, whereas there were no significant differences between CE-MR and rs-EPI. The rs-EPI was superior to ss-EPI in SNR and CNR. Conclusion Readout-segmented EPI is superior to ss-EPI in the aspect of image quality in DW MR imaging of the breast. PMID:25053898

  2. Cross-layer Energy Optimization Under Image Quality Constraints for Wireless Image Transmissions.

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    Yang, Na; Demirkol, Ilker; Heinzelman, Wendi

    2012-01-01

    Wireless image transmission is critical in many applications, such as surveillance and environment monitoring. In order to make the best use of the limited energy of the battery-operated cameras, while satisfying the application-level image quality constraints, cross-layer design is critical. In this paper, we develop an image transmission model that allows the application layer (e.g., the user) to specify an image quality constraint, and optimizes the lower layer parameters of transmit power and packet length, to minimize the energy dissipation in image transmission over a given distance. The effectiveness of this approach is evaluated by applying the proposed energy optimization to a reference ZigBee system and a WiFi system, and also by comparing to an energy optimization study that does not consider any image quality constraint. Evaluations show that our scheme outperforms the default settings of the investigated commercial devices and saves a significant amount of energy at middle-to-large transmission distances. PMID:23508852

  3. Free software for performing physical analysis of systems for digital radiography and mammography

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    Donini, Bruno; Lanconelli, Nico, E-mail: nico.lanconelli@unibo.it [Alma Mater Studiorum, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Bologna 40127 (Italy)] [Alma Mater Studiorum, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Bologna 40127 (Italy); Rivetti, Stefano [Fisica Medica, Ospedale di Sassuolo S.p.A., Sassuolo 41049 (Italy)] [Fisica Medica, Ospedale di Sassuolo S.p.A., Sassuolo 41049 (Italy); Bertolini, Marco [Medical Physics Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera ASMN, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Reggio Emilia 42123 (Italy)] [Medical Physics Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera ASMN, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Reggio Emilia 42123 (Italy)

    2014-05-15

    Purpose: In this paper, the authors present a free software for assisting users in achieving the physical characterization of x-ray digital systems and image quality checks. Methods: The program was developed as a plugin of a well-known public-domain suite ImageJ. The software can assist users in calculating various physical parameters such as the response curve (also termed signal transfer property), modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectra (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). It also includes the computation of some image quality checks: defective pixel analysis, uniformity, dark analysis, and lag. Results: The software was made available in 2009 and has been used during the last couple of years by many users who gave us valuable feedback for improving its usability. It was tested for achieving the physical characterization of several clinical systems for digital radiography and mammography. Various published papers made use of the outcomes of the plugin. Conclusions: This software is potentially beneficial to a variety of users: physicists working in hospitals, staff working in radiological departments, such as medical physicists, physicians, engineers. The plugin, together with a brief user manual, are freely available and can be found online ( http://www.medphys.it/downloads.htm ). With our plugin users can estimate all three most important parameters used for physical characterization (MTF, NPS, and also DQE). The plugin can run on any operating system equipped with ImageJ suite. The authors validated the software by comparing MTF and NPS curves on a common set of images with those obtained with other dedicated programs, achieving a very good agreement.

  4. Comparing distances for quality assessment of fused images C. Thomas & L. Wald

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Comparing distances for quality assessment of fused images C. Thomas & L. Wald Ecole des Mines de, image fusion, distances, quality budget ABSTRACT: This communication deals with the fusion of panchromatic (PAN) images of high spatial resolution and multispectral (MS) images of lower resolution in order

  5. A hyperspectral imaging prototype for online quality evaluation of pickling cucumbers

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    A hyperspectral imaging prototype was developed for online evaluation of external and internal quality of pickling cucumbers. The prototype had several new, unique features including simultaneous reflectance and transmittance imaging and inline, real time calibration of hyperspectral images of each ...

  6. Color image quality in projection displays: a case study

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    Strand, Monica; Hardeberg, Jon Y.; Nussbaum, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Recently the use of projection displays has increased dramatically in different applications such as digital cinema, home theatre, and business and educational presentations. Even if the color image quality of these devices has improved significantly over the years, it is still a common situation for users of projection displays that the projected colors differ significantly from the intended ones. This study presented in this paper attempts to analyze the color image quality of a large set of projection display devices, particularly investigating the variations in color reproduction. As a case study, a set of 14 projectors (LCD and DLP technology) at Gjovik University College have been tested under four different conditions: dark and light room, with and without using an ICC-profile. To find out more about the importance of the illumination conditions in a room, and the degree of improvement when using an ICC-profile, the results from the measurements was processed and analyzed. Eye-One Beamer from GretagMacbeth was used to make the profiles. The color image quality was evaluated both visually and by color difference calculations. The results from the analysis indicated large visual and colorimetric differences between the projectors. Our DLP projectors have generally smaller color gamut than LCD projectors. The color gamuts of older projectors are significantly smaller than that of newer ones. The amount of ambient light reaching the screen is of great importance for the visual impression. If too much reflections and other ambient light reaches the screen, the projected image gets pale and has low contrast. When using a profile, the differences in colors between the projectors gets smaller and the colors appears more correct. For one device, the average ?E*ab color difference when compared to a relative white reference was reduced from 22 to 11, for another from 13 to 6. Blue colors have the largest variations among the projection displays and makes them therefore harder to predict.

  7. Color image quality in projection displays: a case study

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    Strand, Monica; Hardeberg, Jon Y.; Nussbaum, Peter

    2004-10-01

    Recently the use of projection displays has increased dramatically in different applications such as digital cinema, home theatre, and business and educational presentations. Even if the color image quality of these devices has improved significantly over the years, it is still a common situation for users of projection displays that the projected colors differ significantly from the intended ones. This study presented in this paper attempts to analyze the color image quality of a large set of projection display devices, particularly investigating the variations in color reproduction. As a case study, a set of 14 projectors (LCD and DLP technology) at Gjøvik University College have been tested under four different conditions: dark and light room, with and without using an ICC-profile. To find out more about the importance of the illumination conditions in a room, and the degree of improvement when using an ICC-profile, the results from the measurements was processed and analyzed. Eye-One Beamer from GretagMacbeth was used to make the profiles. The color image quality was evaluated both visually and by color difference calculations. The results from the analysis indicated large visual and colorimetric differences between the projectors. Our DLP projectors have generally smaller color gamut than LCD projectors. The color gamuts of older projectors are significantly smaller than that of newer ones. The amount of ambient light reaching the screen is of great importance for the visual impression. If too much reflections and other ambient light reaches the screen, the projected image gets pale and has low contrast. When using a profile, the differences in colors between the projectors gets smaller and the colors appears more correct. For one device, the average ?E*ab color difference when compared to a relative white reference was reduced from 22 to 11, for another from 13 to 6. Blue colors have the largest variations among the projection displays and makes them therefore harder to predict.

  8. Optimal x-ray spectra for screen-film mammography.

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    Jennings, R J; Eastgate, R J; Siedband, M P; Ergun, D L

    1981-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental techniques have been used to study optimal x-ray for screen-film mammography. A simple model of mammographic imaging predicts optimum x-ray energies which are significantly higher than the K-characteristic energies of Mo. A subjective comparison of x-ray spectra from Mo-anode and W-anode tubes indicates that spectra produced by a W-anode tube filtered with materials of atomic number just above that of Mo are more suitable for screen-film mammography than spectra produced by the Mo-anode/Mo-filter system. The imaging performance of K-edge filtered, W-anode tube spectra was compared to the performance of Mo-anode spectra using phantom measurements and mastectomy specimen radiography. It was shown that optimal W-anode spectra can produce equal contrast with an exposure reduction of a factor of two to three, a dose reduction of a factor of two, and equal or reducing tube loading, compared to Mo-anode spectra. A computer simulation was carried out to extend the initial, monoenergetic theory to the case of real, polychromatic sources. The effects of varying filter material and thickness, tube operating potential, and breast thickness were all studied. Since W-anode x-ray tubes are considered to be better for Xerox mammography than Mo-anode tubes, this study has shown that both Xerox and screen-film techniques can be performed optimally with a single, properly designed, W-anode x-ray tube. PMID:7290015

  9. Image Quality Degradation and Retrieval Errors Introduced by Registration and Interpolation of Multispectral Digital Images

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    Theiler, James

    such as boundaries between materials or terrains. For certain applications, sub­pixel accuracy is desired when performed at sub­pixel accuracy requires interpolation, which degrades resolution and image quality brought about by fractional pixel shifting and calculate errors in retrieved quantities (surface

  10. Performance assessment of a digital X-ray imaging system, proposed for 3D-imaging of the uncompressed breast

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    Alnafea, M. A.; Kadri, O. M.; Tearo, K. W.; Shamma, K. Z.

    2014-05-01

    To safely and responsibly operate a X-ray mammography system, quality control and specific performance tests must be applied regularly. The aim of this work is to evaluate the performance of a digital X-ray mammography system for use in a future 3D imaging system. Standard commissioning and acceptance testing of the X-ray tube linearity, reproducibility, kVp accuracy and Half Value Layer (HVL) at the different available settings of the system are reported. Moreover, the image quality assessment follows standard protocols and includes pixel intensity measurements as well as subjective assessments, using Leeds Test Objects. In addition, an accreditation phantom that simulates a compressed breast has been used to investigate the overall system performance. The results were satisfactory and within international standards.

  11. Using full-reference image quality metrics for automatic image sharpening

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    Krasula, Lukas; Fliegel, Karel; Le Callet, Patrick; Klíma, Miloš

    2014-05-01

    Image sharpening is a post-processing technique employed for the artificial enhancement of the perceived sharpness by shortening the transitions between luminance levels or increasing the contrast on the edges. The greatest challenge in this area is to determine the level of perceived sharpness which is optimal for human observers. This task is complex because the enhancement is gained only until the certain threshold. After reaching it, the quality of the resulting image drops due to the presence of annoying artifacts. Despite the effort dedicated to the automatic sharpness estimation, none of the existing metrics is designed for localization of this threshold. Nevertheless, it is a very important step towards the automatic image sharpening. In this work, possible usage of full-reference image quality metrics for finding the optimal amount of sharpening is proposed and investigated. The intentionally over-sharpened "anchor image" was included to the calculation as the "anti-reference" and the final metric score was computed from the differences between reference, processed, and anchor versions of the scene. Quality scores obtained from the subjective experiment were used to determine the optimal combination of partial metric values. Five popular fidelity metrics - SSIM, MS-SSIM, IW-SSIM, VIF, and FSIM - were tested. The performance of the proposed approach was then verified in the subjective experiment.

  12. Analysis of filtering techniques and image quality in pixel duplicated images

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    Mehrubeoglu, Mehrube; McLauchlan, Lifford

    2009-08-01

    When images undergo filtering operations, valuable information can be lost besides the intended noise or frequencies due to averaging of neighboring pixels. When the image is enlarged by duplicating pixels, such filtering effects can be reduced and more information retained, which could be critical when analyzing image content automatically. Analysis of retinal images could reveal many diseases at early stage as long as minor changes that depart from a normal retinal scan can be identified and enhanced. In this paper, typical filtering techniques are applied to an early stage diabetic retinopathy image which has undergone digital pixel duplication. The same techniques are applied to the original images for comparison. The effects of filtering are then demonstrated for both pixel duplicated and original images to show the information retention capability of pixel duplication. Image quality is computed based on published metrics. Our analysis shows that pixel duplication is effective in retaining information on smoothing operations such as mean filtering in the spatial domain, as well as lowpass and highpass filtering in the frequency domain, based on the filter window size. Blocking effects due to image compression and pixel duplication become apparent in frequency analysis.

  13. Degraded visual environment image/video quality metrics

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    Baumgartner, Dustin D.; Brown, Jeremy B.; Jacobs, Eddie L.; Schachter, Bruce J.

    2014-06-01

    A number of image quality metrics (IQMs) and video quality metrics (VQMs) have been proposed in the literature for evaluating techniques and systems for mitigating degraded visual environments. Some require both pristine and corrupted imagery. Others require patterned target boards in the scene. None of these metrics relates well to the task of landing a helicopter in conditions such as a brownout dust cloud. We have developed and used a variety of IQMs and VQMs related to the pilot's ability to detect hazards in the scene and to maintain situational awareness. Some of these metrics can be made agnostic to sensor type. Not only are the metrics suitable for evaluating algorithm and sensor variation, they are also suitable for choosing the most cost effective solution to improve operating conditions in degraded visual environments.

  14. No-reference remote sensing image quality assessment using a comprehensive evaluation factor

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    Wang, Lin; Wang, Xu; Li, Xiao; Shao, Xiaopeng

    2014-05-01

    The conventional image quality assessment algorithm, such as Peak Signal to Noise Ratio ?PSNR?? Mean Square Error?MSE? and structural similarity (SSIM), needs the original image as a reference. It's not applicable to the remote sensing image for which the original image cannot be assumed to be available. In this paper, a No-reference Image Quality Assessment (NRIQA) algorithm is presented to evaluate the quality of remote sensing image. Since blur and noise (including the stripe noise) are the common distortion factors affecting remote sensing image quality, a comprehensive evaluation factor is modeled to assess the blur and noise by analyzing the image visual properties for different incentives combined with SSIM based on human visual system (HVS), and also to assess the stripe noise by using Phase Congruency (PC). The experiment results show this algorithm is an accurate and reliable method for Remote Sensing Image Quality Assessment.

  15. Influence of void on image quality of industrial SPECT

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    Park, J. G.; Jung, S. H.; Kim, J. B.; Moon, J.; Kim, C. H.

    2013-12-01

    Industrial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a promising technique to determine the dynamic behavior of industrial process media and has been developed in the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. The present study evaluated the influence of a void, which is presence in multiphase reactors of industrial process, on the image quality of an industrial SPECT. The results are very encouraging; that is, the performance of the industrial SPECT system is little influenced by the presence of a void, which means that industrial SPECT is an appropriate tool to estimate the dynamic characteristics of the process media in a water-air phase bubble column with a static gas sparger.

  16. Computerized scheme for evaluating mammographic phantom images

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    Asahara, Masaki; Kodera, Yoshie [Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya University, 1-1-20 Daiko-minami, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 461-8673 (Japan) and Department of Radiology, Kagawa University Hospital, 1750-1 Ikenobe, Miki-cho, Kita-gun, Kagawa 761-0793 (Japan); Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya University, 1-1-20 Daiko-minami, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 461-8673 (Japan)

    2012-03-15

    Purpose: The authors developed a computer algorithm to automatically evaluate images of the American College of Radiology (ACR) mammography accreditation phantom. Methods: The developed algorithm consist of the edge detection of wax insert, nonuniformity correction of background, and correction for magnification and also calculate the cross-correlation coefficient by image matching technique. The algorithm additionally evaluates target shape for fibers, target contrast for speck groups, and target circularity for masses. To obtain an ideal template image without noise and spatial resolution loss, the wax insert containing the embedded test pattern was extracted from the phantom and radiographed. Two template images and ten test phantom images were prepared for this study. The results of evaluation using the algorithm outputs were compared with the averaged results of observer studies by six skilled observers. Results: In comparing the results from the algorithm outputs with the results of observers, the authors found that the computer outputs were well correlated with the evaluations by observers, and they indicate the quality of the phantom image. The correlation coefficients between results of observer studies and two outputs of computer algorithm, i.e., the cross-correlation coefficient by template matching and indices of target shape for fibers, were 0.89 (95% confidence interval, 0.82-0.93; hereinafter the same) and 0.85 (0.76-0.91). The correlation coefficients between observer's results and two outputs: the cross-correlation coefficient and indices of target contrast for speck groups, were 0.83 (0.79-0.86) and 0.85 (0.81-0.88) and between observer's results and two outputs: the cross-correlation coefficient and indices of target circularity for masses, were 0.90 (0.84-0.94) and 0.87 (0.77-0.92). Conclusions: Image evaluation using the ACR phantom is indispensable in quality control of a mammography system. The proposed algorithm is useful for quality control and image evaluation of mammography units.

  17. Quality control of VMAT synchronization using portal imaging.

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    Bedford, James L; Chajecka-Szczygielska, Honorata; Thomas, Michael D R

    2015-01-01

    For accurate delivery of volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT), the gantry position should be synchronized with the multileaf collimator (MLC) leaf positions and the dose rate. This study, therefore, aims to implement quality control (QC) of VMAT synchronization, with as few arcs as possible and with minimal data handling time, using portal imaging. A steel bar of diameter 12 mm is accurately positioned in the G-T direction, 80 mm laterally from the isocenter. An arc prescription irradiates the bar with a 16 mm × 220 mm field during a complete 360° arc, so as to cast a shadow of the bar onto the portal imager. This results in a sinusoidal sweep of the field and shadow across the portal imager and back. The method is evaluated by simulating gantry position errors of 1°-9° at one control point, dose errors of 2 monitor units to 20 monitor units (MU) at one control point (0.3%-3% overall), and MLC leaf position errors of 1 mm - 6 mm at one control point. Inhomogeneity metrics are defined to characterize the synchronization of all leaves and of individual leaves with respect to the complete set. Typical behavior is also investigated for three models of accelerator. In the absence of simulated errors, the integrated images show uniformity, and with simulated delivery errors, irregular patterns appear. The inhomogeneity metrics increase by 67% due to a 4° gantry position error, 33% due to an 8 MU (1.25%) dose error, and 70% due to a 2 mm MLC leaf position error. The method is more sensitive to errors at gantry angle 90°/270° than at 0°/180° due to the geometry of the test. This method provides fast and effective VMAT QC suitable for inclusion in a monthly accelerator QC program. The test is able to detect errors in the delivery of individual control points, with the possibility of using movie images to further investigate suspicious image features. PMID:25679179

  18. Assessment of image quality in x-ray radiography imaging using a small plasma focus device

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    Kanani, A.; Shirani, B.; Jabbari, I.; Mokhtari, J.

    2014-08-01

    This paper offers a comprehensive investigation of image quality parameters for a small plasma focus as a pulsed hard x-ray source for radiography applications. A set of images were captured from some metal objects and electronic circuits using a low energy plasma focus at different voltages of capacitor bank and different pressures of argon gas. The x-ray source focal spot of this device was obtained to be about 0.6 mm using the penumbra imaging method. The image quality was studied by several parameters such as image contrast, line spread function (LSF) and modulation transfer function (MTF). Results showed that the contrast changes by variations in gas pressure. The best contrast was obtained at a pressure of 0.5 mbar and 3.75 kJ stored energy. The results of x-ray dose from the device showed that about 0.6 mGy is sufficient to obtain acceptable images on the film. The measurements of LSF and MTF parameters were carried out by means of a thin stainless steel wire 0.8 mm in diameter and the cut-off frequency was obtained to be about 1.5 cycles/mm.

  19. THE IMPACT OF AGE AND RACE ON MAMMOGRAPHY PRACTICES

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    2000-01-01

    Mortality from breast cancer has recently begun to decline, primarily because of increased use of mammography screening. Although initial mammography utilization rates for women over 50 in the general population are high, compliance with regular, repeat mammograms is quite low. Both initial and repeat mammography utilization rates are much lower for older women and minority women. The study purpose was

  20. A ranklet-based CAD for digital mammography Enrico Angelini1, Renato Campanini1, Emiro Iampieri1, Nico Lanconelli1,

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    Lanconelli, Nico

    A ranklet-based CAD for digital mammography Enrico Angelini1, Renato Campanini1, Emiro Iampieri1 to the image histogram. That allows us to tune the detection parameters in one database and use the trained CAD from a few FFDM Giotto Image MD clinical units. The sensitivity of our CAD system is about 85

  1. Image quality performance of liquid crystal display systems: Influence of display resolution, magnification and window settings on contrast-detail detection

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    Klaus Bacher; Peter Smeets; An De Hauwere; Tony Voet; Philippe Duyck; Koenraad Verstraete; Hubert Thierens

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effects of liquid crystal display (LCD) resolution, image magnification and window\\/level adjustment on the low-contrast performance in soft-copy image interpretation in digital radiography and digital mammography. In addition, the effect of a new LCD noise reduction mechanism on the low-contrast detectability was studied.Digital radiographs and mammograms of two dedicated contrast-detail

  2. Image quality and stability of image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) devices: A comparative study

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    Stock, Markus; Pasler, Marlies; Birkfellner, Wolfgang; Homolka, Peter; Poetter, Richard; Georg, Dietmar

    2010-01-01

    Introduction Our aim was to implement standards for quality assurance of IGRT devices used in our department and to compare their performances with that of a CT simulator. Materials and methods We investigated image quality parameters for three devices over a period of 16 months. A multislice CT was used as a benchmark and results related to noise, spatial resolution, low contrast visibility (LCV) and uniformity were compared with a cone beam CT (CBCT) at a linac and simulator. Results All devices performed well in terms of LCV and, in fact, exceeded vendor specifications. MTF was comparable between CT and linac CBCT. Integral nonuniformity was, on average, 0.002 for the CT and 0.006 for the linac CBCT. Uniformity, LCV and MTF varied depending on the protocols used for the linac CBCT. Contrast-to-noise ratio was an average of 51% higher for the CT than for the linac and simulator CBCT. No significant time trend was observed and tolerance limits were implemented. Discussion Reasonable differences in image quality between CT and CBCT were observed. Further research and development are necessary to increase image quality of commercially available CBCT devices in order for them to serve the needs for adaptive and/or online planning. PMID:19695725

  3. Optical tomography as adjunct to x-ray mammography: methods and results

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    Khayat, Mario; Ichalalene, Zahia; Mincu, Niculae; Leblond, Fredéric; Guilman, Olga; Djeziri, Salim

    2007-02-01

    Recent years have seen significant efforts deployed to apply optical imaging techniques in clinical indications. Optical mammography as an adjunct to X-ray mammography is one such application. 3D optical mammography relies on the sensitivity of near-infrared light to endogenous breast chromophores in order to generate in vivo functional views of the breast. This work presents prospective tissue characterization results from a multi-site clinical study targeting optical tomography as an adjunct to conventional mammography. A 2 nd -generation multi-wavelength time-domain acquisition system was used to scan a wide population of women presenting normal or suspicious X-ray mammograms. Application specific algorithms based on a diffusive model of light transport were used to quantify the breast's optical properties and derive 3D images of physiological indices. Using histopathological findings as a gold standard, results confirm that optically derived parameters provide statistically significant discrimination between malignant and benign tissue in wide population of subjects. The methodology developed for case reviews, lesion delineation and characterization allows for better translation of the optical data to the more traditional x-ray paradigm while maintaining efficacy. They also point to the need for guidelines that facilitate correlation of optical data if those results are to be confirmed in a clinical setting.

  4. [New developments in breast imaging].

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    Tardivon, A; el Khoury, C; Thibault, F; Meunier, M

    2004-02-01

    In 2004, breast cancer screening will be effective in France. This evolution has a strong impact on our mammographic practice that becomes a real mission of public health. Digital mammography, compared to screen-film mammography, provides the same results for the detection of breast cancer, computer-aided detection systems represent the most relevant application of this technology at this time. The setting up of a quality control will allow the introduction of this technology in screening during 2004. Percutaneous imaging-guided procedures are now currently used for the diagnosis of nonpalpable breast lesions and allow the selection of patients for surgery. These procedures have emphasized the need for a multidisciplinary approach of the patients. Indications of MRI have not changed because of its moderated specificity and no relevant development of interventional-guided procedures. Work on standardization of radiological reports and assessment categories goes on. This classification is already applied for mammography, and new classifications for lesions detected by ultrasound or MRI will be published by the American College of Radiology (Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System, 4th edition, available in 2003). PMID:15093195

  5. Principles and Applications of Hyperspectral Imaging in Quality Evaluation of Agro-Food Products: A Review

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    Gamal Elmasry; Mohammed Kamruzzaman; Da-Wen Sun; Paul Allen

    2012-01-01

    The requirements of reliability, expeditiousness, accuracy, consistency, and simplicity for quality assessment of food products encouraged the development of non-destructive technologies to meet the demands of consumers to obtain superior food qualities. Hyperspectral imaging is one of the most promising techniques currently investigated for quality evaluation purposes in numerous sorts of applications. The main advantage of the hyperspectral imaging system

  6. The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition

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    Abhishek Dutta; Raymond Veldhuis; Luuk Spreeuwers

    2012-01-01

    The performance of a face recognition system depends on the quality of both test and reference images participating in the face comparison process. In a forensic evaluation case involving face recognition, we do not have any control over the quality of the trace (image captured by a CCTV at a crime scene) and it is usually of very low quality.

  7. Cone beam computed tomography radiation dose and image quality assessments.

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    Lofthag-Hansen, Sara

    2010-01-01

    Diagnostic radiology has undergone profound changes in the last 30 years. New technologies are available to the dental field, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) as one of the most important. CBCT is a catch-all term for a technology comprising a variety of machines differing in many respects: patient positioning, volume size (FOV), radiation quality, image capturing and reconstruction, image resolution and radiation dose. When new technology is introduced one must make sure that diagnostic accuracy is better or at least as good as the one it can be expected to replace. The CBCT brand tested was two versions of Accuitomo (Morita, Japan): 3D Accuitomo with an image intensifier as detector, FOV 3 cm x 4 cm and 3D Accuitomo FPD with a flat panel detector, FOVs 4 cm x 4 cm and 6 cm x 6 cm. The 3D Accuitomo was compared with intra-oral radiography for endodontic diagnosis in 35 patients with 46 teeth analyzed, of which 41 were endodontically treated. Three observers assessed the images by consensus. The result showed that CBCT imaging was superior with a higher number of teeth diagnosed with periapical lesions (42 vs 32 teeth). When evaluating 3D Accuitomo examinations in the posterior mandible in 30 patients, visibility of marginal bone crest and mandibular canal, important anatomic structures for implant planning, was high with good observer agreement among seven observers. Radiographic techniques have to be evaluated concerning radiation dose, which requires well-defined and easy-to-use methods. Two methods: CT dose index (CTDI), prevailing method for CT units, and dose-area product (DAP) were evaluated for calculating effective dose (E) for both units. An asymmetric dose distribution was revealed when a clinical situation was simulated. Hence, the CTDI method was not applicable for these units with small FOVs. Based on DAP values from 90 patient examinations effective dose was estimated for three diagnostic tasks: implant planning in posterior mandible and examinations of impacted lower third molars and retained upper cuspids. It varied between 11-77 microSv. Radiation dose should be evaluated together with image quality. Images of a skull phantom were obtained with both units varying tube voltage, tube current, degree of rotation and FOVs. Seven observers assessed subjective image quality using a six-point rating scale for two diagnostic tasks: periapical diagnosis and implant planning in the posterior part of the jaws. Intra-observer agreement was good and inter-observer agreement moderate. Periapical diagnosis was found to, regardless of jaw, require higher exposure parameters compared to implant planning. Implant planning in the lower jaw required higher exposure parameters compared to upper jaw. Substantial dose reduction could be made without loss of diagnostic information by using a rotation of 180 degrees, in particular implant planning in upper jaw. CBCT with small FOVs was found to be well-suited for periapical diagnosis and implant planning. The CTDI method is not applicable estimating effective dose for these units. Based on DAP values effective dose varied between 11-77 microSv (ICRP 60, 1991) in a retrospectively selected patient material. Adaptation of exposure parameters to diagnostic task can give substantial dose reduction. PMID:21229915

  8. Task-based measures of image quality and their relation to radiation dose and patient risk

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Hoeschen, Christoph; Kupinski, Matthew A.; Little, Mark P.

    2015-01-01

    The theory of task-based assessment of image quality is reviewed in the context of imaging with ionizing radiation, and objective figures of merit (FOMs) for image quality are summarized. The variation of the FOMs with the task, the observer and especially with the mean number of photons recorded in the image is discussed. Then various standard methods for specifying radiation dose are reviewed and related to the mean number of photons in the image and hence to image quality. Current knowledge of the relation between local radiation dose and the risk of various adverse effects is summarized, and some graphical depictions of the tradeoffs between image quality and risk are introduced. Then various dose-reduction strategies are discussed in terms of their effect on task-based measures of image quality.

  9. Task-based measures of image quality and their relation to radiation dose and patient risk.

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    Barrett, Harrison H; Myers, Kyle J; Hoeschen, Christoph; Kupinski, Matthew A; Little, Mark P

    2015-01-21

    The theory of task-based assessment of image quality is reviewed in the context of imaging with ionizing radiation, and objective figures of merit (FOMs) for image quality are summarized. The variation of the FOMs with the task, the observer and especially with the mean number of photons recorded in the image is discussed. Then various standard methods for specifying radiation dose are reviewed and related to the mean number of photons in the image and hence to image quality. Current knowledge of the relation between local radiation dose and the risk of various adverse effects is summarized, and some graphical depictions of the tradeoffs between image quality and risk are introduced. Then various dose-reduction strategies are discussed in terms of their effect on task-based measures of image quality. PMID:25564960

  10. Diffusion imaging quality control via entropy of principal direction distribution

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    Oguz, Ipek; Smith, Rachel G.; Verde, Audrey R.; Dietrich, Cheryl; Gupta, Aditya; Escolar, Maria L.; Piven, Joseph; Pujol, Sonia; Vachet, Clement; Gouttard, Sylvain; Gerig, Guido; Dager, Stephen; McKinstry, Robert C.; Paterson, Sarah; Evans, Alan C.; Styner, Martin A.

    2013-01-01

    Diffusion MR imaging has received increasing attention in the neuroimaging community, as it yields new insights into the microstructural organization of white matter that are not available with conventional MRI techniques. While the technology has enormous potential, diffusion MRI suffers from a unique and complex set of image quality problems, limiting the sensitivity of studies and reducing the accuracy of findings. Furthermore, the acquisition time for diffusion MRI is longer than conventional MRI due to the need for multiple acquisitions to obtain directionally encoded Diffusion Weighted Images (DWI). This leads to increased motion artifacts, reduced signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and increased proneness to a wide variety of artifacts, including eddy-current and motion artifacts, “venetian blind” artifacts, as well as slice-wise and gradient-wise inconsistencies. Such artifacts mandate stringent Quality Control (QC) schemes in the processing of diffusion MRI data. Most existing QC procedures are conducted in the DWI domain and/or on a voxel level, but our own experiments show that these methods often do not fully detect and eliminate certain types of artifacts, often only visible when investigating groups of DWI's or a derived diffusion model, such as the most-employed diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Here, we propose a novel regional QC measure in the DTI domain that employs the entropy of the regional distribution of the principal directions (PD). The PD entropy quantifies the scattering and spread of the principal diffusion directions and is invariant to the patient's position in the scanner. High entropy value indicates that the PDs are distributed relatively uniformly, while low entropy value indicates the presence of clusters in the PD distribution. The novel QC measure is intended to complement the existing set of QC procedures by detecting and correcting residual artifacts. Such residual artifacts cause directional bias in the measured PD and here called dominant direction artifacts. Experiments show that our automatic method can reliably detect and potentially correct such artifacts, especially the ones caused by the vibrations of the scanner table during the scan. The results further indicate the usefulness of this method for general quality assessment in DTI studies. PMID:23684874

  11. “Lucky Averaging”: Quality improvement on Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope Images

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    Huang, Gang; Zhong, Zhangyi; Zou, Weiyao; Burns, Stephen A.

    2012-01-01

    Adaptive optics(AO) has greatly improved retinal image resolution. However, even with AO, temporal and spatial variations in image quality still occur due to wavefront fluctuations, intra-frame focus shifts and other factors. As a result, aligning and averaging images can produce a mean image that has lower resolution or contrast than the best images within a sequence. To address this, we propose an image post-processing scheme called “lucky averaging”, analogous to lucky imaging (Fried, 1978) based on computing the best local contrast over time. Results from eye data demonstrate improvements in image quality. PMID:21964097

  12. Quantitative image quality analysis of a nonlinear spatio-temporal filter

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    Francisco J. Sánchez-marin; Yogesh Srinivas; Kadri N. Jabri; David L. Wilson

    2001-01-01

    Digital temporal and spatial filtering of fluoroscopic image sequences can be used to improve the quality of images acquired at low X-ray exposure. In this study, we characterized a nonlinear edge preserving, spatio-temporal noise reduction filter, the bidirectional multistage (BMS) median filter of Arce (1991). To assess image quality, signal detection and discrimination experiments were performed on stationary targets using

  13. A Novel Approach For Segmentation of Good, Normal and Bad Quality Fingerprint Image

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    S. S. Jambhorkar; R. R. Manza; S. S. Gornale; K. V. Kale

    2006-01-01

    A novel approach for segmentation of good, normal and bad quality fingerprint image is proposed in this paper. Which is different from traditional methods that usually use certain features to segment diversified image. This work is divided in three steps: firstly, we enhance the quality of image to remove great many false traces effectively and got a uniform background. Secondly,

  14. Image Quality, Tissue Heating, and Frame Rate Trade-offs in Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging

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    Bouchard, Richard R.; Dahl, Jeremy J.; Hsu, stephen J.; Palmeri, Mark L.; Trahey, Gregg E.

    2013-01-01

    The real-time application of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging requires both short acquisition times for a single ARFI image and repeated acquisition of these frames. Due to the high energy of pulses required to generate appreciable radiation force, however, repeated acquisitions could result in substantial transducer face and tissue heating. We describe and evaluate several novel beam sequencing schemes which, along with parallel-receive acquisition, are designed to reduce acquisition time and heating. These techniques reduce the total number of radiation force impulses needed to generate an image and minimize the time between successive impulses. We present qualitative and quantitative analyses of the trade-offs in image quality resulting from the acquisition schemes. Results indicate that these techniques yield a significant improvement in frame rate with only moderate decreases in image quality. Tissue and transducer face heating resulting from these schemes is assessed through finite element method modeling and thermocouple measurements. Results indicate that heating issues can be mitigated by employing ARFI acquisition sequences that utilize the highest track-to-excitation ratio possible. PMID:19213633

  15. Image quality evaluation of the angiography imaging system at the European synchrotron radiation facility

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    Peterzol, A.; Bravin, A.; Coan, P.; Elleaume, H.

    2003-09-01

    The evaluation of the image quality of the angiography imaging system used at the Medical Beamline of European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is presented. A two-line 432-pixel germanium detector is utilized in the human coronary angiography program. The performances have been measured with two monochromatic beams, with energies above and below the iodine K-edge. The large-area transfer characteristics (response curve), the spatial detail transfer performance (modulation transfer function (MTF)) and the noise properties (noise power spectrum (NPS)) have been measured and used to compute the frequency-dependent detective quantum efficiency DQE of the system.

  16. Open source database of images DEIMOS: extension for large-scale subjective image quality assessment

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    Vítek, Stanislav

    2014-09-01

    DEIMOS (Database of Images: Open Source) is an open-source database of images and video sequences for testing, verification and comparison of various image and/or video processing techniques such as compression, reconstruction and enhancement. This paper deals with extension of the database allowing performing large-scale web-based subjective image quality assessment. Extension implements both administrative and client interface. The proposed system is aimed mainly at mobile communication devices, taking into account advantages of HTML5 technology; it means that participants don't need to install any application and assessment could be performed using web browser. The assessment campaign administrator can select images from the large database and then apply rules defined by various test procedure recommendations. The standard test procedures may be fully customized and saved as a template. Alternatively the administrator can define a custom test, using images from the pool and other components, such as evaluating forms and ongoing questionnaires. Image sequence is delivered to the online client, e.g. smartphone or tablet, as a fully automated assessment sequence or viewer can decide on timing of the assessment if required. Environmental data and viewing conditions (e.g. illumination, vibrations, GPS coordinates, etc.), may be collected and subsequently analyzed.

  17. Quality Enhancement and Nerve Fibre Layer Artefacts Removal in Retina Fundus Images by Off Axis Imaging

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    Giancardo, Luca [ORNL] [ORNL; Meriaudeau, Fabrice [ORNL] [ORNL; Karnowski, Thomas Paul [ORNL] [ORNL; Li, Yaquin [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Tobin Jr, Kenneth William [ORNL] [ORNL; Chaum, Edward [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)

    2011-01-01

    Retinal fundus images acquired with non-mydriatic digital fundus cameras are a versatile tool for the diagnosis of various retinal diseases. Because of the ease of use of newer camera models and their relative low cost, these cameras are employed worldwide by retina specialists to diagnose diabetic retinopathy and other degenerative diseases. Even with relative ease of use, the images produced by these systems sometimes suffer from reflectance artefacts mainly due to the nerve fibre layer (NFL) or other camera lens related reflections. We propose a technique that employs multiple fundus images acquired from the same patient to obtain a single higher quality image without these reflectance artefacts. The removal of bright artefacts, and particularly of NFL reflectance, can have great benefits for the reduction of false positives in the detection of retinal lesions such as exudate, drusens and cotton wool spots by automatic systems or manual inspection. If enough redundant information is provided by the multiple images, this technique also compensates for a suboptimal illumination. The fundus images are acquired in straightforward but unorthodox manner, i.e. the stare point of the patient is changed between each shot but the camera is kept fixed. Between each shot, the apparent shape and position of all the retinal structures that do not exhibit isotropic reflectance (e.g. bright artefacts) change. This physical effect is exploited by our algorithm in order to extract the pixels belonging to the inner layers of the retina, hence obtaining a single artefacts-free image.

  18. NOTE: Development of a quality assurance protocol for peripheral subtraction imaging applications

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    Walsh, C.; Murphy, D.; O'Hare, N.

    2002-04-01

    Peripheral subtraction scanning is used to trace the blood vessels of upper and lower extremities. In some modern C-arm fluoroscopy systems this function is performed automatically. In this mode the system is programmed to advance and stop in a series of steps taking a mask image at each point. The system then repeats each step after the contrast agent has been injected, and produces a DSA image at each point. Current radiographic quality assurance protocols do not address this feature. This note reviews methods of measuring system vibration while images are being acquired in automated peripheral stepping. The effect on image quality pre- and post-image processing is assessed. Results show that peripheral stepping DSA does not provide the same degree of image quality as static DSA. In examining static test objects, the major cause of the reduction in image quality is misregistration due to vibration of the image intensifier during imaging.

  19. In-flight assessment of SPOT5 image quality

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    Meygret, Aime; Fratter, Claude; Breton, Eric; Cabot, Francois; Laubies, Marie-Christine; Hourcastagnou, Jean-Noel

    2003-04-01

    SPOT5, the fifth satellite of the SPOT remote sensing satellite family was successfully launched on the 4th of May 2002. SPOT5 is designed to ensure continuity of data acquisition and space image services but also to provide users with advanced products. It flies two identical cameras named HRG (High Resolution Geometry) providing a 2.5 m and a 5 m resolution in a panchromatic mode and a 10 m resolution in a multi-spectral mode, still keeping a 60-km ground field. Stereo application is part two of the SPOT5 mission; the satellite flies a specific High Resolution Stereo instrument (HRS) made up of two telescopes allowing a 20° fore view and a 20° aft view over a 120-km swath, sampling the landscape every 5m. VEGETATION2, a wide field of view imaging radiometer complements the mission thanks to its daily coverage of the earth. The paper presents the mission, the commissioning phase that followed the satellite launch, the assessment of the image quality and the first calibration results.

  20. A no-reference quality assessment algorithm for JPEG2000-compressed images based on local sharpness

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    Vu, Phong V.; Chandler, Damon M.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a no-reference quality assessment algorithm for JPEG2000-compressed images called EDIQ (EDge-based Image Quality). The algorithm works based on the assumption that the quality of JPEG2000- compressed images can be evaluated by separately computing the quality of the edge/near-edge regions and the non-edge regions where no edges are present. EDIQ first separates the input image into edge/near-edge regions and non-edge regions by applying Canny edge detection and edge-pixel dilation. Our previous sharpness algorithm, FISH [Vu and Chandler, 2012], is used to generate a sharpness map. The part of the sharpness map corresponding to the non-edge regions is collapsed by using root mean square to yield the image quality index of the non-edge regions. The other part of the sharpness map, which corresponds to the edge/near-edge regions, is weighted by the local RMS contrast and the local slope of magnitude spectrum to yield an enhanced quality map, which is then collapsed into the quality index of the edge/near-edge regions. These two indices are combined by a geometric mean to yield a quality indicator of the input image. Testing on the JPEG2000-compressed subsets of four different image-quality databases demonstrate that EDIQ is competitive with other no-reference image quality algorithms on JPEG2000-compressed images.

  1. Comparison of slot scanning digital mammography system with full-field digital mammography system

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    Lai, Chao-Jen; Shaw, Chris C.; Geiser, William; Chen, Lingyun; Arribas, Elsa; Stephens, Tanya; Davis, Paul L.; Ayyar, Geetha P.; Dogan, Basak E.; Nguyen, Victoria A.; Whitman, Gary J.; Yang, Wei T.

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare microcalcification detectability of two commercial full-field digital mammography (DM) systems. The first unit was a flat panel based DM system (FFDM) which employed an anti-scatter grid method to reject scatter, and the second unit was a charge-coupled device-based DM system (SSDM) which used scanning slot imaging geometry to reduce scatter radiation. Both systems have comparable scatter-to-primary ratios. In this study, 125–160 and 200–250 ?m calcium carbonate grains were used to simulate microcalcifications and imaged by both DM systems. The calcium carbonate grains were overlapped with a 5-cm-thick 50% adipose?50% glandular simulated breast tissue slab and an anthropomorphic breast phantom (RMI 165, Gammex) for imaging at two different mean glandular dose levels: 0.87 and 1.74 mGy. A reading study was conducted with seven board certified mammographers with images displayed on review workstations. A five-point confidence level rating was used to score each detection task. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed and the area under the ROC curve (Az) was used to quantify and compare the performances of these two systems. The results showed that with the simulated breast tissue slab (uniform background), the SSDM system resulted in higher Az’s than the FFDM system at both MGD levels with the difference statistically significant at 0.87 mGy only. With the anthropomorphic breast phantom (tissue structure background), the SSDM system performed better than the FFDM system at 0.87 mGy but worse at 1.74 mGy. However, the differences were not found to be statistically significant. PMID:18649467

  2. Comparison of slot scanning digital mammography system with full-field digital mammography system.

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    Lai, Chao-Jen; Shaw, Chris C; Geiser, William; Chen, Lingyun; Arribas, Elsa; Stephens, Tanya; Davis, Paul L; Ayyar, Geetha P; Dogan, Basak E; Nguyen, Victoria A; Whitman, Gary J; Yang, Wei T

    2008-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare microcalcification detectability of two commercial full-field digital mammography (DM) systems. The first unit was a flat panel based DM system (FFDM) which employed an anti-scatter grid method to reject scatter, and the second unit was a charge-coupled device-based DM system (SSDM) which used scanning slot imaging geometry to reduce scatter radiation. Both systems have comparable scatter-to-primary ratios. In this study, 125-160 and 200-250 microm calcium carbonate grains were used to simulate microcalcifications and imaged by both DM systems. The calcium carbonate grains were overlapped with a 5-cm-thick 50% adipose/50% glandular simulated breast tissue slab and an anthropomorphic breast phantom (RMI 165, Gammex) for imaging at two different mean glandular dose levels: 0.87 and 1.74 mGy. A reading study was conducted with seven board certified mammographers with images displayed on review workstations. A five-point confidence level rating was used to score each detection task. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed and the area under the ROC curve (A(z)) was used to quantify and compare the performances of these two systems. The results showed that with the simulated breast tissue slab (uniform background), the SSDM system resulted in higher A(z)'s than the FFDM system at both MGD levels with the difference statistically significant at 0.87 mGy only. With the anthropomorphic breast phantom (tissue structure background), the SSDM system performed better than the FFDM system at 0.87 mGy but worse at 1.74 mGy. However, the differences were not found to be statistically significant. PMID:18649467

  3. Mutual information as a measure of image quality for 3D dynamic lung imaging with EIT.

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    Crabb, M G; Davidson, J L; Little, R; Wright, P; Morgan, A R; Miller, C A; Naish, J H; Parker, G J M; Kikinis, R; McCann, H; Lionheart, W R B

    2014-05-01

    We report on a pilot study of dynamic lung electrical impedance tomography (EIT) at the University of Manchester. Low-noise EIT data at 100 frames per second were obtained from healthy male subjects during controlled breathing, followed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) subsequently used for spatial validation of the EIT reconstruction. The torso surface in the MR image and electrode positions obtained using MRI fiducial markers informed the construction of a 3D finite element model extruded along the caudal-distal axis of the subject. Small changes in the boundary that occur during respiration were accounted for by incorporating the sensitivity with respect to boundary shape into a robust temporal difference reconstruction algorithm. EIT and MRI images were co-registered using the open source medical imaging software, 3D Slicer. A quantitative comparison of quality of different EIT reconstructions was achieved through calculation of the mutual information with a lung-segmented MR image. EIT reconstructions using a linear shape correction algorithm reduced boundary image artefacts, yielding better contrast of the lungs, and had 10% greater mutual information compared with a standard linear EIT reconstruction. PMID:24710978

  4. Full-reference quality estimation for images with different spatial resolutions.

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    Demirtas, Ali Murat; Reibman, Amy R; Jafarkhani, Hamid

    2014-05-01

    Multimedia communication is becoming pervasive because of the progress in wireless communications and multimedia coding. Estimating the quality of the visual content accurately is crucial in providing satisfactory service. State of the art visual quality assessment approaches are effective when the input image and reference image have the same resolution. However, finding the quality of an image that has spatial resolution different than that of the reference image is still a challenging problem. To solve this problem, we develop a quality estimator (QE), which computes the quality of the input image without resampling the reference or the input images. In this paper, we begin by identifying the potential weaknesses of previous approaches used to estimate the quality of experience. Next, we design a QE to estimate the quality of a distorted image with a lower resolution compared with the reference image. We also propose a subjective test environment to explore the success of the proposed algorithm in comparison with other QEs. When the input and test images have different resolutions, the subjective tests demonstrate that in most cases the proposed method works better than other approaches. In addition, the proposed algorithm also performs well when the reference image and the test image have the same resolution. PMID:24686279

  5. The image quality of ion computed tomography at clinical imaging dose levels

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    Hansen, David C., E-mail: dch@oncology.au.dk [Department of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Bassler, Niels [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Sørensen, Thomas Sangild [Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Seco, Joao [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School,Boston, Massachusetts 02114 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    Purpose: Accurately predicting the range of radiotherapy ions in vivo is important for the precise delivery of dose in particle therapy. Range uncertainty is currently the single largest contribution to the dose margins used in planning and leads to a higher dose to normal tissue. The use of ion CT has been proposed as a method to improve the range uncertainty and thereby reduce dose to normal tissue of the patient. A wide variety of ions have been proposed and studied for this purpose, but no studies evaluate the image quality obtained with different ions in a consistent manner. However, imaging doses ion CT is a concern which may limit the obtainable image quality. In addition, the imaging doses reported have not been directly comparable with x-ray CT doses due to the different biological impacts of ion radiation. The purpose of this work is to develop a robust methodology for comparing the image quality of ion CT with respect to particle therapy, taking into account different reconstruction methods and ion species. Methods: A comparison of different ions and energies was made. Ion CT projections were simulated for five different scenarios: Protons at 230 and 330 MeV, helium ions at 230 MeV/u, and carbon ions at 430 MeV/u. Maps of the water equivalent stopping power were reconstructed using a weighted least squares method. The dose was evaluated via a quality factor weighted CT dose index called the CT dose equivalent index (CTDEI). Spatial resolution was measured by the modulation transfer function. This was done by a noise-robust fit to the edge spread function. Second, the image quality as a function of the number of scanning angles was evaluated for protons at 230 MeV. In the resolution study, the CTDEI was fixed to 10 mSv, similar to a typical x-ray CT scan. Finally, scans at a range of CTDEI’s were done, to evaluate dose influence on reconstruction error. Results: All ions yielded accurate stopping power estimates, none of which were statistically different from the ground truth image. Resolution (as defined by the modulation transfer function = 10% point) was the best for the helium ions (18.21 line pairs/cm) and worst for the lower energy protons (9.37 line pairs/cm). The weighted quality factor for the different ions ranged from 1.23 for helium to 2.35 for carbon ions. For the angle study, a sharp increase in absolute error was observed below 45 distinct angles, giving the impression of a threshold, rather than smooth, limit to the number of angles. Conclusions: The method presented for comparing various ion CT modalities is feasible for practical use. While all studied ions would improve upon x-ray CT for particle range estimation, helium appears to give the best results and deserves further study for imaging.

  6. Imaging-based logics for ornamental stone quality chart definition

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    Bonifazi, Giuseppe; Gargiulo, Aldo; Serranti, Silvia; Raspi, Costantino

    2007-02-01

    Ornamental stone products are commercially classified on the market according to several factors related both to intrinsic lythologic characteristics and to their visible pictorial attributes. Sometimes these latter aspects prevail in quality criteria definition and assessment. Pictorial attributes are in any case also influenced by the performed working actions and the utilized tools selected to realize the final stone manufactured product. Stone surface finishing is a critical task because it can contribute to enhance certain aesthetic features of the stone itself. The study was addressed to develop an innovative set of methodologies and techniques able to quantify the aesthetic quality level of stone products taking into account both the physical and the aesthetical characteristics of the stones. In particular, the degree of polishing of the stone surfaces and the presence of defects have been evaluated, applying digital image processing strategies. Morphological and color parameters have been extracted developing specific software architectures. Results showed as the proposed approaches allow to quantify the degree of polishing and to identify surface defects related to the intrinsic characteristics of the stone and/or the performed working actions.

  7. Barriers to mammography among inadequately screened women.

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    Stoll, Carolyn R T; Roberts, Summer; Cheng, Meng-Ru; Crayton, Eloise V; Jackson, Sherrill; Politi, Mary C

    2015-02-01

    Mammography use has increased over the past 20 years, yet more than 30% of women remain inadequately screened. Structural barriers can deter individuals from screening, however, cognitive, emotional, and communication barriers may also prevent mammography use. This study sought to identify the impact of number and type of barriers on mammography screening status, and to examine whether number and type of barriers are different for never-screened and off-schedule women. A total of 182 women aged 40 years or older completed a computer kiosk facilitated survey as part of a larger patient navigator intervention. Logistic regression analysis indicated that breast cancer knowledge predicted whether a woman had ever had a mammogram (odds ratio [OR] = 1.04, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.02-1.06, p = .0003), while the number of emotional, structural, and communication barriers predicted whether a woman was on-schedule for mammograms (OR = 0.79, 95% CI = 0.65-0.95, p = .0127). The results suggest that to increase the use of mammography at recommended regular intervals, interventions should be tailored toward current screening status. PMID:24722216

  8. Quality evaluation of ultrasound imaging using a MATLAB test-bench

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    Zhao, Xin; Zhou, Jun; Loke, Wing-Fai; Chirala, Mohan; Zhang, Charlie

    2013-03-01

    The goal of this paper is to investigate and evaluate image quality, based on quality metrics and visual perception in ultrasound imaging under different imaging conditions. We first generate and simulate Bmode ultrasound images of various objects, using Field-II simulation toolbox [1]. Then we implement and embed front-end functional modules, mid-end functions including beamforming, receive beamforming, envelop detection and log compression, and back-end image processing methods (filtering and image enhancement techniques). Ultrasound images are evaluated as pairs using various image quality evaluation metrics and visual perception evaluation. The experimental results of this study show that: (1) better image quality is significantly obtained using over-sampling and signal emphasizing (high-signal level); (2) normalized images with speckle filters are rated better in terms of index-quality; and (3) enhanced images show better visual perception on all simulation datasets. This paper shows the utility of our MATLAB test-bench favoring simulated image quality and further demonstrates that the evaluation design is an important pre-processing step especially for the hardware design of ultrasound system.

  9. Development of Software to Model AXAF-I Image Quality

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    Ahmad, Anees; Hawkins, Lamar

    1996-01-01

    This draft final report describes the work performed under the delivery order number 145 from May 1995 through August 1996. The scope of work included a number of software development tasks for the performance modeling of AXAF-I. A number of new capabilities and functions have been added to the GT software, which is the command mode version of the GRAZTRACE software, originally developed by MSFC. A structural data interface has been developed for the EAL (old SPAR) finite element analysis FEA program, which is being used by MSFC Structural Analysis group for the analysis of AXAF-I. This interface utility can read the structural deformation file from the EAL and other finite element analysis programs such as NASTRAN and COSMOS/M, and convert the data to a suitable format that can be used for the deformation ray-tracing to predict the image quality for a distorted mirror. There is a provision in this utility to expand the data from finite element models assuming 180 degrees symmetry. This utility has been used to predict image characteristics for the AXAF-I HRMA, when subjected to gravity effects in the horizontal x-ray ground test configuration. The development of the metrology data processing interface software has also been completed. It can read the HDOS FITS format surface map files, manipulate and filter the metrology data, and produce a deformation file, which can be used by GT for ray tracing for the mirror surface figure errors. This utility has been used to determine the optimum alignment (axial spacing and clocking) for the four pairs of AXAF-I mirrors. Based on this optimized alignment, the geometric images and effective focal lengths for the as built mirrors were predicted to cross check the results obtained by Kodak.

  10. Screening Mammography in Older Women: A Review

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    Walter, Louise C.; Schonberg, Mara A.

    2015-01-01

    Importance Guidelines recommend individualizing screening mammography decisions for women 75 and older. However, little pragmatic guidance is available to inform this approach. Objective To provide an evidence-based approach to individualizing decision-making about screening mammography that considers older women's risk of breast cancer and the potential benefits and harms of screening in the context of varying life expectancies and preferences. Evidence Acquisition We searched PubMed for English-language studies in peer-reviewed journals published from January 1, 1990 to February 1, 2014 to identify risk factors for late-life breast cancer in women 65 and older and to quantify the benefits and harms of screening mammography for women 75 and older. Findings Age is the major risk factor for late-life breast cancer. In general, traditional breast cancer risk factors (e.g., age at first birth, age at menarche) that represent hormonal exposures in the distant past are less predictive of late-life breast cancer than factors indicating recent exposure to endogenous hormones (e.g., bone mass, obesity). None of the randomized trials of screening mammography included women over age 74, such that it is uncertain whether screening mammography is beneficial in these women. Observational data favor extending screening mammography to older women who have a life expectancy > 5-10 years. Modeling studies suggest approximately 2 fewer women per 1,000 die from breast cancer if women in their 70's continue biennial screening for 10 years, versus stopping screening at age 69. Potential benefits must be weighed with potential harms of continued screening over ten years, which include false-positive mammograms (~200 per 1,000 women screened) and overdiagnosis (~13 per 1,000 women screened). Providing these frequencies both verbally and graphically may help inform older women's decision-making. Conclusions and Relevance For women with less than a 5-10 year life expectancy, recommendations to stop screening mammography should be framed around increased harms and the need to refocus health promotion on interventions likely to be beneficial over a shorter timeframe. For women with a life expectancy > 5-10 years, the decision about whether potential benefits of screening outweigh harms is a value judgment that requires a realistic understanding of screening outcomes. PMID:24691609

  11. A Multivariate Model for Coastal Water Quality Mapping Using Satellite Remote Sensing Images

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    Su, Yuan-Fong; Liou, Jun-Jih; Hou, Ju-Chen; Hung, Wei-Chun; Hsu, Shu-Mei; Lien, Yi-Ting; Su, Ming-Daw; Cheng, Ke-Sheng; Wang, Yeng-Fung

    2008-01-01

    This study demonstrates the feasibility of coastal water quality mapping using satellite remote sensing images. Water quality sampling campaigns were conducted over a coastal area in northern Taiwan for measurements of three water quality variables including Secchi disk depth, turbidity, and total suspended solids. SPOT satellite images nearly concurrent with the water quality sampling campaigns were also acquired. A spectral reflectance estimation scheme proposed in this study was applied to SPOT multispectral images for estimation of the sea surface reflectance. Two models, univariate and multivariate, for water quality estimation using the sea surface reflectance derived from SPOT images were established. The multivariate model takes into consideration the wavelength-dependent combined effect of individual seawater constituents on the sea surface reflectance and is superior over the univariate model. Finally, quantitative coastal water quality mapping was accomplished by substituting the pixel-specific spectral reflectance into the multivariate water quality estimation model.

  12. Grid removal and impact on population dose in full-field digital mammography.

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    Gennaro, Gisella; Katz, Luc; Souchay, Henri; Klausz, Remy; Alberelli, Claudio; di Maggio, Cosimo

    2007-02-01

    The study purpose was to determine the impact of anti-scatter grid removal on patient dose, in full field digital mammography. Dose saving, phantom based, was evaluated with the constraint that images acquired with and without grid would provide the same contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). The digital equipment employed a flat panel detector with cesium iodide for x-ray to light conversion, 100 microm pixel size; the x-ray source was a dual-track tube with selectable filtration. Poly(methyl-emathocrylate) (PMMA) layers in the range 20-70 mm were used to simulate the absorption of different breast thickness, while two Al foils, 0.1 and 0.2 mm thick were used to provide a certain CNR. Images with grid were acquired with the same beam quality as selected in full automatic exposure mode and the mAs levels as close as possible, and the CNR measured for each thickness between 20 and 70 mm. Phantom images without grid were acquired in manual exposure mode, by selecting the same anode/filter combination and kVp as the image with grid at the same thickness, but varying mAs from 10 to 200. For each thickness, an image without aluminum was acquired for each mAs value, in order to obtain a flat image to be used to subtract the scatter nonuniformity from the phantom images. After scatter subtraction, the CNR was measured on images without grid. The mAs value that should be set to acquire a phantom image without grid so that it has the same CNR as the corresponding grid image was calculated. Therefore, mAs reduction percentage was determined versus phantom thickness. Results showed that dose saving was lower than 30% for PMMA equivalent breast thinner than 40 mm, decreased below 10% for intermediate thickness (45-50 mm), but there was no dose gain for thickness beyond 60 mm. By applying the mAs reduction factors to a clinical population derived from a data base of 4622 breasts, dose benefit was quantified in terms of population dose. On the average, the overall dose reduction was about 8%. It was considered small, not sufficient to justify a clinical implementation, and the anti-scatter grid was maintained. PMID:17388172

  13. 2D vs. 3D mammography observer study

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    Fernandez, James Reza F.; Hovanessian-Larsen, Linda; Liu, Brent

    2011-03-01

    Breast cancer is the most common type of non-skin cancer in women. 2D mammography is a screening tool to aid in the early detection of breast cancer, but has diagnostic limitations of overlapping tissues, especially in dense breasts. 3D mammography has the potential to improve detection outcomes by increasing specificity, and a new 3D screening tool with a 3D display for mammography aims to improve performance and efficiency as compared to 2D mammography. An observer study using a mammography phantom was performed to compare traditional 2D mammography with this ne 3D mammography technique. In comparing 3D and 2D mammography there was no difference in calcification detection, and mass detection was better in 2D as compared to 3D. There was a significant decrease in reading time for masses, calcifications, and normals in 3D compared to 2D, however, as well as more favorable confidence levels in reading normal cases. Given the limitations of the mammography phantom used, however, a clearer picture in comparing 3D and 2D mammography may be better acquired with the incorporation of human studies in the future.

  14. Image quality evaluation of medical color and monochrome displays using an imaging colorimeter

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    Roehrig, Hans; Gu, Xiliang; Fan, Jiahua

    2012-10-01

    The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the means which permit examining the accuracy of Image Quality with respect to MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) and NPS (Noise Power Spectrum) of Color Displays and Monochrome Displays. Indications were in the past that color displays could affect the clinical performance of color displays negatively compared to monochrome displays. Now colorimeters like the PM-1423 are available which have higher sensitivity and color accuracy than the traditional cameras like CCD cameras. Reference (1) was not based on measurements made with a colorimeter. This paper focuses on the measurements of physical characteristics of the spatial resolution and noise performance of color and monochrome medical displays which were made with a colorimeter and we will after this meeting submit the data to an ROC study so we have again a paper to present at a future SPIE Conference.Specifically, Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and Noise Power Spectrum (NPS) were evaluated and compared at different digital driving levels (DDL) between the two medical displays. This paper focuses on the measurements of physical characteristics of the spatial resolution and noise performance of color and monochrome medical displays which were made with a colorimeter and we will after this meeting submit the data to an ROC study so we have again a paper to present at a future Annual SPIE Conference. Specifically, Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and Noise Power Spectrum (NPS) were evaluated and compared at different digital driving levels (DDL) between the two medical displays. The Imaging Colorimeter. Measurement of color image quality needs were done with an imaging colorimeter as it is shown below. Imaging colorimetry is ideally suited to FPD measurement because imaging systems capture spatial data generating millions of data points in a single measurement operation. The imaging colorimeter which was used was the PM-1423 from Radiant Imaging. It uses full-frame CCDs with 100% fill factor which makes it very suitable to measure luminance and chrominance of individual LCD pixels and sub-pixels on an LCD display. The CCDs used are 14-bit thermoelectrically cooled and temperature stabilized , scientific grade.

  15. Digital information management: a progress report on the National Digital Mammography Archive

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    Beckerman, Barbara G.; Schnall, Mitchell D.

    2002-05-01

    Digital mammography creates very large images, which require new approaches to storage, retrieval, management, and security. The National Digital Mammography Archive (NDMA) project, funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is developing a limited testbed that demonstrates the feasibility of a national breast imaging archive, with access to prior exams; patient information; computer aids for image processing, teaching, and testing tools; and security components to ensure confidentiality of patient information. There will be significant benefits to patients and clinicians in terms of accessible data with which to make a diagnosis and to researchers performing studies on breast cancer. Mammography was chosen for the project, because standards were already available for digital images, report formats, and structures. New standards have been created for communications protocols between devices, front- end portal and archive. NDMA is a distributed computing concept that provides for sharing and access across corporate entities. Privacy, auditing, and patient consent are all integrated into the system. Five sites, Universities of Pennsylvania, Chicago, North Carolina and Toronto, and BWXT Y12, are connected through high-speed networks to demonstrate functionality. We will review progress, including technical challenges, innovative research and development activities, standards and protocols being implemented, and potential benefits to healthcare systems.

  16. Quantification of radiographic image quality based on patient anatomical contrast-to-noise ratio: a preliminary study with chest images

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    Lin, Yuan; Wang, Xiaohui; Sehnert, William J.; Foos, David H.; Barski, Lori; Samei, Ehsan

    2010-02-01

    The quality of a digital radiograph for diagnostic imaging depends on many factors, such as the capture system DQE and MTF, the exposure technique factors, the patient anatomy, and the particular image processing method and processing parameters used. Therefore, the overall image quality as perceived by the radiologists depends on many factors. This work explores objective image quality metrics directly from display-ready patient images. A preliminary study was conducted based on a multi-frequency analysis of anatomy contrast and noise magnitude from 250 computed radiography (CR) chest radiographs (150 PA, 50 AP captured with anti-scatter grids, and 50 AP without grids). The contrast and noise values were evaluated in different sub-bands separately according to their frequency properties. Contrast-Noise ratio (CNR) was calculated, the results correlated well with the human observers' overall impression on the images captured with and without grids.

  17. Changes in the use of screening mammography: evidence from the 1987 and 1990 National Health Interview Surveys.

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    Breen, N; Kessler, L

    1994-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Mammography rates reported by women in the National Health Interview Surveys of 1990 and 1987 are examined. Why this screening modality is not more frequently used is explored. METHODS. Data from the 1987 and 1990 National Health Interview Surveys, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, are cross-tabulated and compared. RESULTS. In 1987, approximately 17% of women over 40 years of age reported having had a screening mammogram in the previous year. In 1990, the rate doubled. Race declined in importance; income and education remained strong, positive predictors of screening. CONCLUSIONS. Despite this dramatic increase, two thirds of women are not having screening mammograms. Use was not higher primarily because women did not realize that screening mammography tests for breast cancer in asymptomatic women. Primary care physicians are the main source of health education for screening mammography. The data suggest that public health programs to promote screening mammography should especially target primary care physicians and women with low incomes and education. Likewise, health care providers should ensure that their patients are referred to facilities that deliver high-quality mammography at low cost to make the procedure more accessible. PMID:8279613

  18. Personalized estimates of radiation dose from dedicated breast CT in a diagnostic population and comparison with diagnostic mammography

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    Vedantham, Srinivasan; Shi, Linxi; Karellas, Andrew; O’Connell, Avice M.; Conover, David L.

    2013-01-01

    This study retrospectively analyzed the mean glandular dose (MGD) to 133 breasts from 132 subjects, all women, who participated in a clinical trial evaluating dedicated breast CT in a diagnostic population. The clinical trial was conducted in adherence to a protocol approved by institutional review boards and the study participants provided written informed consent. Individual estimates of mean glandular dose to each breast from dedicated breast CT was obtained by combining x-ray beam characteristics with estimates of breast dimensions and fibroglandular fraction from volumetric breast CT images, and using normalized glandular dose coefficients. For each study participant and for the breast corresponding to that imaged with breast CT, an estimate of the MGD from diagnostic mammography (including supplemental views) was obtained from the DICOM image headers for comparison. This estimate uses normalized glandular dose coefficients corresponding to a breast with 50% fibroglandular weight fraction. The median fibroglandular weight fraction for the study cohort determined from volumetric breast CT images was 15%. Hence, the MGD from diagnostic mammography was corrected to be representative of the study cohort. Individualized estimates of MGD from breast CT ranged from 5.7 mGy to 27.8 mGy. Corresponding to the breasts imaged with breast CT, the MGD from diagnostic mammography ranged from 2.6 to 31.6 mGy. The mean (± inter-breast SD) and the median MGD (mGy) from dedicated breast CT exam were 13.9±4.6 and 12.6, respectively. For the corresponding breasts, the mean (± inter-breast SD) and the median MGD (mGy) from diagnostic mammography were 12.4±6.3 and 11.1, respectively. Statistical analysis indicated that at the 0.05 level, the distributions of MGD from dedicated breast CT and diagnostic mammography were significantly different (Wilcoxon signed ranks test, p = 0.007). While the interquartile range and the range (maximum-minimum) of MGD from dedicated breast CT was lower than diagnostic mammography, the median MGD from dedicated breast CT was approximately 13.5% higher than that from diagnostic mammography. The MGD for breast CT is based on a 1.45 mm skin layer and that for diagnostic mammography is based on a 4 mm skin layer; thus, favoring a lower estimate for MGD from diagnostic mammography. The median MGD from dedicated breast CT corresponds to the median MGD from 4 to 5 diagnostic mammography views. In comparison, for the same 133 breasts, the mean and the median number of views per breast during diagnostic mammography were 4.53 and 4, respectively. Paired analysis showed that there was approximately equal likelihood of receiving lower MGD from either breast CT or diagnostic mammography. Future work will investigate methods to reduce and optimize radiation dose from dedicated breast CT. PMID:24165162

  19. Personalized estimates of radiation dose from dedicated breast CT in a diagnostic population and comparison with diagnostic mammography

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    Vedantham, Srinivasan; Shi, Linxi; Karellas, Andrew; O'Connell, Avice M.; Conover, David L.

    2013-11-01

    This study retrospectively analyzed the mean glandular dose (MGD) to 133 breasts from 132 subjects, all women, who participated in a clinical trial evaluating dedicated breast CT in a diagnostic population. The clinical trial was conducted in adherence to a protocol approved by institutional review boards and the study participants provided written informed consent. Individual estimates of MGD to each breast from dedicated breast CT was obtained by combining x-ray beam characteristics with estimates of breast dimensions and fibroglandular fraction from volumetric breast CT images, and using normalized glandular dose coefficients. For each study participant and for the breast corresponding to that imaged with breast CT, an estimate of the MGD from diagnostic mammography (including supplemental views) was obtained from the DICOM image headers for comparison. This estimate uses normalized glandular dose coefficients corresponding to a breast with 50% fibroglandular weight fraction. The median fibroglandular weight fraction for the study cohort determined from volumetric breast CT images was 15%. Hence, the MGD from diagnostic mammography was corrected to be representative of the study cohort. Individualized estimates of MGD from breast CT ranged from 5.7 to 27.8 mGy. Corresponding to the breasts imaged with breast CT, the MGD from diagnostic mammography ranged from 2.6 to 31.6 mGy. The mean (± inter-breast SD) and the median MGD (mGy) from dedicated breast CT exam were 13.9 ± 4.6 and 12.6, respectively. For the corresponding breasts, the mean (± inter-breast SD) and the median MGD (mGy) from diagnostic mammography were 12.4 ± 6.3 and 11.1, respectively. Statistical analysis indicated that at the 0.05 level, the distributions of MGD from dedicated breast CT and diagnostic mammography were significantly different (Wilcoxon signed ranks test, p = 0.007). While the interquartile range and the range (maximum-minimum) of MGD from dedicated breast CT was lower than diagnostic mammography, the median MGD from dedicated breast CT was approximately 13.5% higher than that from diagnostic mammography. The MGD for breast CT is based on a 1.45 mm skin layer and that for diagnostic mammography is based on a 4 mm skin layer; thus, favoring a lower estimate for MGD from diagnostic mammography. The median MGD from dedicated breast CT corresponds to the median MGD from four to five diagnostic mammography views. In comparison, for the same 133 breasts, the mean and the median number of views per breast during diagnostic mammography were 4.53 and 4, respectively. Paired analysis showed that there was approximately equal likelihood of receiving lower MGD from either breast CT or diagnostic mammography. Future work will investigate methods to reduce and optimize radiation dose from dedicated breast CT.

  20. The influence of patient thickness and imaging system on patient dose and physical image quality in digital chest imaging.

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    Ullman, Gustaf; Sandborg, Michael; Dance, David R; Hunt, Roger; Alm Carlsson, Gudrun

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this work was to study the influence of patient thickness, tube voltage and image detector on patient dose, contrast and ideal observer signal-to-noise ratio (SNR(I)), for pathological details positioned at different regions in the image in posterior-anterior (PA) chest radiology. A Monte Carlo computational model was used to compute measures of physical image quality (contrast, SNR(I)) and patient effective dose, E. Two metastasis-like details positioned in the central right lung and right lung near the spine, respectively, were studied. The tube voltage was varied between 100 and 150 kV and the patient thickness between 20 and 28 cm. Both, a computed radiography (CR) system and a direct radiography (DR) system, were investigated. The DR system provides both lower doses and better image quality compared with the CR system. The SNR(I)2/E is approximately 2.9 times higher for the DR system compared with the CR system. PMID:15933124

  1. Development and measurement of the goodness of test images for visual print quality evaluation

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    Raisa Halonen; Mikko Nuutinen; Reijo Asikainen; Pirkko Oittinen

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the study was to develop a test image for print quality evaluation to improve the current state of the art in testing the quality of digital printing. The image presented by the authors in EI09 portrayed a breakfast scene, the content of which could roughly be divided in four object categories: a woman, a table with objects,

  2. Presence and video games: The impact of image quality and skill level

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    Cheryl Campanella Bracken

    Abstract This study investigates the impact of image quality and skill level on presence-related reactions to video games. Past research has demonstrated positive associations between image quality and presence and video game technology and presence. No study to date, however, has examined the presence effects of video games played in enhanced or high definition. This paper reports the results of

  3. Presence and video games: The impact of image quality and skill level

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    Cheryl Campanella Bracken Paul

    This study investigates the impact of image quality and skill level on presence-related reactions to video games. Past research has demonstrated positive associations between image quality and presence and video game technology and presence. No study to date, however, has examined the presence effects of video games played in enhanced or high definition. This paper reports the results of two

  4. Uneven Background Extraction And Segmentation Of Good, Normal And Bad Quality Fingerprint Images

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    S. S. Jambhorkar; S. S. Gornale; V. T. Humbe; R. R. Manza; K. V. Kale

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, we have considered a problem of uneven background extraction and segmentation of good, normal and bad quality fingerprint images, though we propose an algorithm based on morphological transformations. Our result shows that the proposed algorithm can successfully extract the background of good, normal and bad quality images of fingerprint and well segment the foreground area. The algorithm

  5. Analysis of Image Quality After Correction Using the T.H.E.M.I.S. Image Stabilizer Optical System

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    Molodij, G.; Rayrole, J.

    We present the results of numerical simulations to analyze the effects of anisoplanatism on T.H.E.M.I.S. adaptive optics system when observing extended sources. We compute analytically the long exposure optical tranfer functions in the field-of-view to simulate the image quality after correction using adaptive optics systems. We demonstrate the capacity of the image stabilizer optical system for very large field-of-view observations with medium image qual ity while the capacity of high order adaptive optics system is suitable for high image quality observations but to the price of a reduction of the field-of-view .

  6. Investigation of the Performance of Various CVD Diamond Crystal Qualities for the Measurement of Radiation Doses from a Low Energy Mammography X-Ray Beam, Compared with MC Code (PENELOPE) Calculations

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    Zakari, Y. I.; Mavunda, R. D.; Nam, T. L.; Keddy, R. J.

    The tissue equivalence of diamond allows for accurate radiation dose determination without large corrections for different attenuation values in biological tissue, but its low Z value limits this advantage however to the lower energy photons such as for example in Mammography X-ray beams. This paper assays the performance of nine Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) diamonds for use as radiation sensing material. The specimens fabricated in wafer form are classified as detector grade, optical grade and single crystals. It is well known that the presence of defects in diamonds, including CVD specimens, not only dictates but also affects the responds of diamond to radiation in different ways. In this investigation, tools such as electron spin resonance (ESR), thermoluminescence (TL) Raman spectroscopy and ultra violet (UV) spectroscopy were used to probe each of the samples. The linearity, sensitivity and other characteristics of the detector to photon interaction was analyzed, and from the I-V characteristics. The diamonds categorized into four each, of the so called Detector and Optical grades, and a single crystal CVD were exposed to low X-ray peak voltage range (22 to 27 KVp) with a trans-crystal polarizing fields of 0.4 kV.cm-1, 0.66 kV.cm-1 and 0.8 kV.cm-1. The presentation discusses the presence of defects identifiable by the techniques used and correlates the radiation performance of the three types of crystals to their presence. The choice of a wafer as either a spectrometer or as X-ray dosimeter within the selected energy range was made. The analyses was validated with Monte-Carlo code (PENELOPE)

  7. Using JPEG 2000 interactive protocol to stream a large image or a large image set.

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    Noumeir, Rita; Pambrun, Jean-François

    2011-10-01

    The electronic health record (EHR) is expected to improve the quality of care by enabling access to relevant information at the diagnostic decision moment. During deployment efforts for including images in the EHR, a main challenge has come up from the need