The aim of this work was to evaluate the reliability of the square of the signal-to-noise ratio rate, SNR2rate, as a precise measurement for quality control test in a digital fluoroscopy system. The quasi-ideal model observer was used to measure SNR2rate. The dose rate, pulse rate and field of view were varied, and their effect on dose efficiency, defined as SNR2rate=PKA;rate, was evaluated (where PKA;rate is the air kerma-area product rate). Measurements were repeated to assess reproducibility. The relative standard deviation in SNR2rate=PKA;rate over seven consecutive measurements was 5 %. No significant variation in SNR2rate=PKA;rate was observed across different pulse rates (10–30 pulses s-1). The low-dose-rate setting had a superior dose efficiency compared with the medium- and high-dose-rate settings. A smaller field of view resulted in higher dose efficiency. The results show that SNR2rate=PKA;rate measurements offer the high precision required in quality control constancy tests.