Physical and psychophysical characterization of a GE Senographe DS clinical system

Nico Lanconelli, Stefano Rivetti, Paola Golinelli, Raffaele Sansone, Marco Bertolini, Giovanni Borasi

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Indirect-conversion FFDM systems usually present a lower spatial resolution, with respect to the direct-conversion one. This can put serious issues in mammography, since high resolution is required. Digital software has been developed for restoring the losses in spatial resolution caused by blurring in the scintillation phosphor. GE Senographe DS system gives users the possibility of using such restoration. Basically, a filtering can be performed on the acquired images, by activating the FineView software option. In this work we present a complete characterization of a clinical system, in terms of MTF, NPS, DQE, and contrast-detail analysis. Figures of merit have been calculated on images acquired with and without the FineView software. The effects of the restoration software are investigated, both on image quality parameters, and on contrast-detail visibility. The MTF of the FFDM system is improved when FineView is activated. On the other hand, NPS presents noticeably changes, especially at high frequencies. DQE is fairly independent from the exposure, when FineView filter is not activated, whereas it presents a clear spread over the exposures, when FineView is activated. CDMAM analysis does not show significant differences between images with or without the restoration filter. Besides, the Mo/Mo beam seems to provide slightly better results than the Rh/Rh one.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
EditionPART 3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventMedical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2007Feb 22 2007


OtherMedical Imaging 2007: Physics of Medical Imaging
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Contrast-detail
  • Digital mammography
  • DQE
  • MTF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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