9 March 2017 An adaptive toolkit for image quality evaluation in system performance test of digital breast tomosynthesis
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Abstract
Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is a relatively new diagnostic imaging modality for women. Currently, various models of DBT systems are available on the market and the number of installations is rapidly increasing. EUREF, the European Reference Organization for Quality Assured Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services, has proposed a preliminary Guideline - protocol for the quality control of the physical and technical aspects of digital breast tomosynthesis systems, with an ultimate aim of providing limiting values guaranteeing proper performance for different applications of DBT. In this work, we introduce an adaptive toolkit developed in accordance with this guideline to facilitate the process of image quality evaluation in DBT performance test. This toolkit implements robust algorithms to quantify various technical parameters of DBT images and provides a convenient user interface in practice. Each test is built into a separate module with configurations set corresponding to the European guideline, which can be easily adapted to different settings and extended with additional tests. This toolkit largely improves the efficiency for image quality evaluation of DBT. It is also going to evolve with the development of protocols in quality control of DBT systems.
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Guozhi Zhang, Dimitar Petrov, Nicholas Marshall, Hilde Bosmans, "An adaptive toolkit for image quality evaluation in system performance test of digital breast tomosynthesis", Proc. SPIE 10132, Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging, 1013249 (9 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253871; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2253871
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