Digital mammography is entering routine clinical use and many commercial systems are now in use in the radiological units for screening and diagnostic mammography. At the same time, the research in the digital mammography field is very active in the development of more and more performing devices. In this paper we present the performance of single photon counting pixel detectors (MedipixI) tailored for digital mammographic applications. These devices are based on semiconductor (Si and GaAs) pixel detectors of different thickness, read-out by custom designed integrated circuits. To assess the imaging capability of such systems, the images of a mammographic phantom have been acquired in standard conditions for a clinical examination. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of details simulating tumor masses has been evaluated. The same phantom has been also radiographed by three different commercial digital mammographic systems in the same reference conditions and a comparison in terms of SNR has been carried out. The spatial resolution of the single photon counting systems has also been evaluated by measuring the line spread function with the edge technique and then calculating the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF). The MTFs of the single photon counting systems have been compared with the MTFs of the commercial systems. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Autori:||Bisogni M; Bulajic D; Delogu P; Fantacci ME; Novelli M; Quattrocchi M; Rosso V; Stefanini A|
|Titolo:||Performances of different digital mammography imaging systems: Evaluation and comparison|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.nima.2005.03.016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|