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Demonstration of correlation between physical and clinical image quality measures in chest and lumbar spine imaging.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Radio Physics. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Radiation Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3352-8330
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2000 (English)In: Digest of papers of the 2000 world congress on medical physics. CD-Rom Chicago July 23-28,2000, IEEE , 2000, 3078-3081 vol.4 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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Clinical and physical assessments of image quality are compared and the correlation between the two derived. Clinical assessment has been made by a group of expert radiologists who evaluated the fulfillment of the European Image Criteria for chest and lumbar spine radiography; yielding the so-called Image Criteria Score, ICS. Physical measures of image quality were calculated using a Monte Carlo model of the complete imaging system. This model includes a voxelised male anatomy and calculates contrast and signal-to-noise ratio of various anatomical details and a measure of useful dynamic range. Correlations between the ICS and the physical image quality measures were sought. Four lumbar spine and 16 chest imaging systems were evaluated and simulated with the model. The most useful physical quantities for chest radiography were the dynamic range and contrast of blood vessels in the retro-cardiac area. In lumbar spine, it was the signal-to-noise ratio of trabecular structures. The significant correlation is encouraging and shows that clinical image quality can be predicted provided the imaging conditions are well known and that relevant measures of physical image quality are used to assess the quality of the image

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IEEE , 2000. 3078-3081 vol.4 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27341DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2000.901532Local ID: 11993ISBN: 0-7803-6465-1OAI: diva2:247892
22nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 23-28 July 2000, Chicago, IL, USA
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