24 July 1998 Computerized assessment and tracking of cardiac angiographic image quality
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With the rising prominence of filmless and quantitative imaging technologies in modern cardiac catheterization laboratories, new approaches to assessing angiographic image quality (AIQ) are required. This paper describes a system of radiographic phantom modules and associated digital image analysis software for assessing and tracking the inherent low contrast AIQ of a particular image chain as well as its suitability for quantitative coronary arteriography (QCA) analysis. The system uses two phantom modules in conjunction with a patient simulation apparatus. Computer software operates on digital radiographic images of the phantoms and extracts a number of parameters characterizing the imaging performance of the particular image chain. An arterial phantom module is used to evaluate angiographic imaging performance relating to QCA and an orthogonal array of small bronze ball bearings is used to derive AIQ parameters that complement standard manual measurements. In addition to passively monitoring AIQ, this new approach has the benefit of enabling active compensation for variability in AIQ and its effect on QCA results from one image chain to the next.
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Michelle T. LeFree, Michelle T. LeFree, Daniel L. Krus, Daniel L. Krus, Joseph Sitomer, Joseph Sitomer, "Computerized assessment and tracking of cardiac angiographic image quality", Proc. SPIE 3336, Medical Imaging 1998: Physics of Medical Imaging, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317081; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317081

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