Title: Typetesting of physical characteristics of digital mammography systems: first experiences within the Flemish breast cancer screening programme
Authors: Thierens, Hubert ×
Bosmans, Hilde
Buls, N
Bacher, K
De Hauwere, A
Jacobs, Johan
Clerinx, Peter #
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Series Title: JBR-BTR vol:90 issue:3 pages:159-62
Abstract: To avoid the purchase of a digital mammography system by radiologists with intrinsic characteristics not able to fulfil the physical-technical quality requirements of the acceptance tests of the European guidance document, typetesting of digital equipment was introduced in the organisation and legislation of the Flemish breast cancer screening programme. Typetesting is performed for two types of instrumentation: systems for image capture and -processing and systems for image presentation. Typetesting is finalised or ongoing for eight DR systems and four CR systems. Eight workstations were or are submitted to the typetesting for image presentation. Experiences gained in typetesting of systems for image capture and -processing up to now show that the contrast-detail analysis of CDMAM phantom imaging and the homogeneity tests are most stringent. In general DR performs better than CR in imaging performance. Typetesting for image presentation has shown no difference in quality between CRT and LCD monitors. Furthermore, 3 MP monitors also pass the tests. However, to get the full resolution capabilities of the image capture system zooming in and scrolling over the image is necessary, which is time-consuming in clinical practice. Finally, we emphasize that typetesting involves also an evaluation of a set of clinical images by the working party of radiologists and that succeeding in typetesting does not mean that a particular system passes automatically the acceptance testing. A perfect tuning of the system and the coupling to a high quality X-ray system is necessary as well.
ISSN: 1780-2393
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Radiology
Faculty of Medicine - miscellaneous
ESAT - STADIUS, Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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