9 March 2017 Comparing the imaging performance of computed super resolution and magnification tomosynthesis
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Computed super-resolution (SR) is a method of reconstructing images with pixels that are smaller than the detector element size; superior spatial resolution is achieved through the elimination of aliasing and alteration of the sampling function imposed by the reconstructed pixel aperture. By comparison, magnification mammography is a method of projection imaging that uses geometric magnification to increase spatial resolution. This study explores the development and application of magnification digital breast tomosynthesis (MDBT). Four different acquisition geometries are compared in terms of various image metrics. High-contrast spatial resolution was measured in various axes using a lead star pattern. A modified Defrise phantom was used to determine the low-frequency spatial resolution. An anthropomorphic phantom was used to simulate clinical imaging. Each experiment was conducted at three different magnifications: contact (1.04x), MAG1 (1.3x), and MAG2 (1.6x). All images were taken on our next generation tomosynthesis system, an in-house solution designed to optimize SR. It is demonstrated that both computed SR and MDBT (MAG1 and MAG2) provide improved spatial resolution over non-SR contact imaging. To achieve the highest resolution, SR and MDBT should be combined. However, MDBT is adversely affected by patient motion at higher magnifications. In addition, MDBT requires more radiation dose and delays diagnosis, since MDBT would be conducted upon recall. By comparison, SR can be conducted with the original screening data. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that computed SR and MDBT are both viable methods of imaging the breast.
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Tristan D. Maidment, Tristan D. Maidment, Trevor L. Vent, Trevor L. Vent, William S. Ferris, William S. Ferris, David E. Wurtele, David E. Wurtele, Raymond J. Acciavatti, Raymond J. Acciavatti, Andrew D. A. Maidment, Andrew D. A. Maidment, } "Comparing the imaging performance of computed super resolution and magnification tomosynthesis", Proc. SPIE 10132, Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging, 1013222 (9 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2255564; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2255564
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