18 March 2015 Physical performance testing of digital breast tomosynthesis
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Digital breast tomosynthesis has become accepted in clinical use. It is important to physically evaluate a system to ensure that it is working at full performance. Non-linear reconstruction processing is proposed to improve interpretation of clinical images by enhancing the minute contrasts of breast tissue while suppressing metal artifacts. Because existing measuring methods assume a linear system, physical evaluation applied to images reconstructed with non-linear processing may result in unnatural values. We investigated the influence of different reconstruction methods on physical evaluations. We suggest using images reconstructed by back projection processing without a filter to ensure the device performance directly.
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Takao Kuwabara, Kenji Yoshikawa, "Physical performance testing of digital breast tomosynthesis", Proc. SPIE 9412, Medical Imaging 2015: Physics of Medical Imaging, 94123C (18 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081079; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2081079
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