Model observer detectability as a substitute for contrast detail analysis in routine digital mammography quality control

Elena Salvagnini, Kim Lemmens, Hilde Bosmans, Lara Struelens, Nicholas W. Marshall, Filip Vanhavere

    Research outputpeer-review


    This work investigated the substitution of CDMAM contrast detail (c-d) analysis with detectability (d’) from a non-prewhitening eye filter model observer (NPWE) for routine quality control (QC). Routinely acquired QC data for 53 systems were analyzed: 13 computed radiography (CR) and 40 integrated detector (DR) systems. For a given system, threshold gold thickness from the c-d analysis (T) was calculated from 16 images and compared against d’ calculated for 0.1 and 0.25 mm diameter discs. The d’ data were calculated from the routine 50 mm PMMA AEC image and the measured pre-sampling detector modulation transfer function (MTF). Threshold gold thickness T and d’ were plotted as function of MGD and compared.The NPWE results reflected the performance seen for T data for the majority of the systems. The correspondence between the two quality indices was examined with the Pearson correlation statistical test. This test was not applicable to the GE Essential systems because all systems are grouped together at the same working point so the result of r is about 0. For all other groups of systems the test gave good results (larger than -0.65).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProc. SPIE. 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging
    Place of PublicationUnited States
    PublisherSPIE - Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
    ISBN (Print)978-081949442-9
    StatePublished - Mar 2013
    Event2013 - MI13 - SPIE medical imaging: The international society for optics and photonics - Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, Orlando
    Duration: 9 Feb 201314 Feb 2013


    Conference2013 - MI13 - SPIE medical imaging
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

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