Performance evaluation of a "dual-side read" dedicated mammography computed radiography system

Kenneth A. Fetterly, Beth A. Schueler

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The image quality of a dedicated mammography computed radiography (CR) system was characterized. A unique feature of this system is that it collects image signals from both sides of the storage phosphor. Measurements of the modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) were made. This work included improvements in our measurement methods to specifically account for the detrimental effects of system glare on the MTF and to accurately characterize the low-frequency NPS components. Image quality measurements were performed using a 25 kVp beam filtered with 2 mm Al and an exposure range of 1 to 100 mR (87 to 870 μGy). The DQE was found to decrease with increasing exposure due to an increased contribution of storage phosphor structure noise. The DQE of this system was compared to similar measurements made using a standard CR system. The dual-side read system demonstrated superior DQE compared to the standard system. The decrease in DQE with increasing exposure was more severe for the standard system than the dual-side read system. This finding suggests that the CR system noise was reduced for the dual-side read system compared to the standard system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1843-1854
Number of pages12
JournalMedical physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


  • Computed radiography
  • DQE
  • Digital
  • MTF
  • Mammography
  • NPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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